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Cadmus Completes Deal to Acquire Obsidian Analysis

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2016—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has completed a transaction to acquire Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Obsidian Analysis, Inc. (Obsidian). With this acquisition, Cadmus offers the technical and domain expertise necessary to address many of the most complex risks and challenges facing governments, communities, and businesses worldwide—from climate, energy, and water to security and resilience. Service to Obsidian’s existing client base will continue uninterrupted.

ObsidianLogo-webObsidian is a leading provider of management consulting services across the full range of security and resilience domains. With the addition of Obsidian, Cadmus’ portfolio of services for government and commercial organizations expands to include Obsidian’s cutting-edge emergency management, hazard preparedness, business resilience, cybersecurity, and national security expertise. These capabilities strategically complement Cadmus’ existing scientific, engineering, and policy expertise in energy, climate change, water, health, critical infrastructure, and the natural and built environments to create a unified firm that is uniquely positioned to help its clients thrive in a rapidly changing landscape.

“Our strategic partnership with Obsidian creates a comprehensive suite of expert offerings that governments and commercial organizations require to address the challenges presented by our changing world,” said Cadmus President and CEO Ian Kline. “In complex emerging areas of risk, such as climate change, water scarcity, public health protection, increasing urbanization, and resilience of critical infrastructure, our new firm now offers best-in-class expertise and experience.”

“By joining Cadmus, we are locking arms with a highly successful, high-energy, and like-minded company to bring increased capabilities to our existing clients while opening up opportunities to explore new areas,” said Obsidian president and co-founder Kevin O’Prey, Ph.D.

About Obsidian, A Cadmus Company

Washington, DC-based Obsidian provides outstanding management consulting services to decision makers across the full range of homeland security and business resilience domains. Obsidian’s capabilities cover the entire life-cycle of decision making—from analysis/assessment, to planning, to course-of-action development, to evaluation, to training and exercising, to stakeholder outreach and engagement. Founded by Dr. Kevin P. O’Prey and Matthew Travis, Obsidian was acquired by The Cadmus Group, Inc. in 2016.

Headwaters MB served as exclusive financial advisor to Obsidian in this transaction.

Pier Six Capital, LLC provided strategic and M&A support to Cadmus with respect to this transaction.

Tags:  cadmus  climate  energy  obsidian  resilience  security  water 

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VA Utilities are Increasing Customer Engagement with Video

Posted By Karen Morris, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tremendous Results Leads to Expansion of Apogee Interactive’s Solution


February 3 – Atlanta, GA - Apogee Interactive announced today that it is expanding its Personalized Video Messaging solution among Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s (ODEC’s) member distribution cooperatives after success with ODEC’S early adopters.

Starting in February 2016, Southside Electric Cooperative and Northern Neck Cooperative will join Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Community Electric Cooperative in using this solution to promote energy efficiency. Using variable data technology to turn data from the customer information system (CIS) into video animations which can be emailed to members, Personalized Video Messaging explains the impact of weather, number of days in the month and other usage factors that may have prompted changes in the bill. By the end of 2016, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Prince George Electric Cooperative and BARC Electric Cooperative will begin using the solution to explain the customer bill, as well.

These cooperatives—along with A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC), Choptank Electric Cooperative and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative—can use Personalized Video Messaging to educate recipients on a variety of other topics including: capital credits, annual meetings, winter storms, prepaid metering and reducing energy consumption during peak usage, otherwise known as “Beat the Peak.” “Beat the Peak” is the video that Southside and Northern Neck executed during the summer of 2015 with tremendous success.

Email click-through rates for those using the solution reached an astonishing 30 percent, 26 percent higher than average email click through rate of four percent. Surveys administered by the cooperatives show that 95 percent of members find the videos easy to understand and 94 percent feel that they are useful.

As the person responsible for managing the energy efficiency and demand response programs for ODEC, Erin Puryear, manager of Member of Energy Innovation Planning, worked with its member-owner cooperatives to roll out the program. “Research from Experian found that open rates rose from seven percent to 13 percent when companies used the word ‘video’ in the email’s subject line. Another study from Marketo and Clearfit found that emails that used video for a direct call-to-action had a 53 percent higher click-to-open rate over emails without an obvious mention of video content,” said Puryear. “All of this said, the case for using video in email messages was compelling. The fact that the solution came from Apogee, a trusted partner that has worked with cooperatives for more than two decades, led us to choose this software for our member companies.”

Puryear and Greg Cook, vice president of administration and finance for Community Electric Cooperative will be presenting solution results at AESP National Conference, February 1 – February 4, in Phoenix. Their presentation: Wow'ing Customers with Personalized Videos for Bill Explanation and Demand Response, will be presented on Wednesday, February 3 from 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM.

Contact Apogee directly at 678.684.6800 or if you are interested in learning more about the Personalized Video Messaging Solution.

About Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC)

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., ODEC is a not-for-profit, member-owned, power supply cooperative. It supplies reliable, cost-effective, environmentally balanced, wholesale power to its 11 member electric distribution cooperatives, which provide affordable electricity to 1.4 million people in 70 counties in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Learn more at 


About Apogee Interactive
Apogee Interactive is one of the nation’s leading providers of customer engagement software services for US energy utilities. Partnering with utilities for more than 23 years, Apogee's digital engagement platform delivers proactive, personalized communication to consumers nationwide. Apogee's proven SaaS platform enables more meaningful customer engagement, proven sustainable energy results, reduced operating costs and improved program performance for utilities. For more information, please visit and follow them on Twitter at @apoweb.


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Cadmus Makes Three Strategic Senior Hires to Strengthen Development, Resilience Services

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WALTHAM, Mass., December 21, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus), an environmental and energy consulting firm, today announced three major strategic hires that signal its commitment to expanding its services to meet the needs of its clients. Jennifer Curtin, James Hanlon, and Emily Wasley Seyller bring a wealth of experience and specialized expertise that will better help Cadmus’ clients address their most pressing environmental, energy, and economic challenges.

“Jennifer, Jim, and Emily are all extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and dynamic figures in their fields, who bring a phenomenal level of industry expertise to our firm,” said President and CEO Ian Kline. “I’m honored to have them join our team and very excited to work with them to help our clients develop innovative solutions to their most critical challenges.”

Jennifer Curtin

Jennifer Curtin

Jennifer Curtin, principal, specializes in environmental law and federal real estate policy. At Cadmus, she will be helping clients balance the priorities of environmental and economic development through innovative approaches to property reuse, public-private partnerships, and sustainability. Curtin has more than 25 years of experience in land use policy development and implementation, most recently at the Department of Defense. The list of civilian federal clients she has supported includes the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Curtin is based in the Washington, D.C., area. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Park Trust and is a member of the National Brownfield Association and the Federal Real Property Association.

Jim Hanlon

Jim Hanlon

Jim Hanlon, principal, will serve as a key adviser in support of federal efforts to implement legislation improving environmental infrastructure in the United States. Hanlon’s distinguished career in public service included 40 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Water Program, most recently as director of the Agency’s Office of Wastewater Management, a position he held for more than 10 years. Among many achievements at EPA, he managed the implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program; managed federal financial assistance programs, including the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program with over $100 billion of assets in place; and led the design and launch of EPA’s WaterSense program.

Hanlon is based in the Washington, D.C., area. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his superb service, including the Meritorious Service Award on two occasions (bestowed by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama), and is a member of the Water Environment Federation and American Society of Civil Engineers.

Emily Wasley Seyller

Emily Wasley Seyller

Emily Wasley Seyller, senior associate, specializes in climate adaptation and resilience to help federal, regional, state, and local governments and organizations prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of global and climate change. She has applied her skills as a coordinator, collaborator, and policy strategist to support executive-level stakeholders and policymakers across the federal government and in communities nationwide. Prior to joining Cadmus, Seyller served as the Inform Decisions and Adaptation Science Program Manager with the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Coordination Office, where, among other accomplishments, she was instrumental in coordinating and translating science to inform adaptation decisions across the Federal government and served as a contributing author of the Third National Climate Assessment’s Adaptation Chapter.

Seyller is based in Cadmus’ Oakland, California, office. She also serves as an adjunct fellow for the American Security Project and is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee.

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Department of Energy Releases New Green Bank Report at Paris Climate Talks

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cadmus Contributed, Led Research Team

ARLINGTON, Va., December 16, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus), an energy and environmental consulting firm, announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had released a first-of-its kind report exploring mechanisms for encouraging private investment in clean energy, based on research and analysis conducted by a Cadmus-led team. Department Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the report’s release at the Paris climate talks on December 7, 2015.

Energy Investment Partnerships: How State and Local Governments Are Engaging Private Capital to Drive Clean Energy Investments examines energy investment partnerships (EIPs, also known as green banks) adopted by eight states across the United States. EIPs are innovative financing mechanisms designed to stimulate and facilitate investment in clean energy through public-private partnerships. Cadmus was proud to lead the team of contributing authors that produced this report in collaboration with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA).

The report finds that programs in the states studied—California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Oregon—were able to expand their impact beyond what would be possible with public funding alone by leveraging private capital. Furthermore, the evidence from these programs shows that EIPs allow for the creativity and flexibility necessary to meet the diverse needs of different states, regions, municipalities, and markets.

The report can be accessed in full on DOE’s website:

Cadmus conducts financing research exploring options for encouraging investments in green infrastructure and development. We work with governments, utilities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to develop programs that remove financial hurdles to investment in clean energy, energy efficiency, and infrastructure. Learn more about our financial program design and evaluation services.

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Apogee Interactive Named a Leading Behavioral Demand-Side Management Vendor

Posted By Karen Morris, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Navigant Research publishes Behavioral and Analytical Demand-Side Management report

ATLANTA, (Dec. 16, 2015)Apogee Interactive has been named a leading vendor of behavioral demand-side management (DSM) programs to energy utilities, according to Navigant Research’s recent report, Behavioral and Analytical Demand-Side Management.

Navigant Research, a market research and consulting firm that provides analysis of global clean technology markets, defines behavioral DSM as utilizing “behavioral sciences and data analytics to engage customers and promote energy saving actions that can reduce load, encourage more efficient energy use, foster program participation, and reduce energy bills.”

Apogee was among the first companies to develop sophisticated algorithms to analyze utility customer energy use online and offer tailored energy saving recommendations, explain customers' energy bills in detail, and promote utility energy efficiency programs -- at the dawn of Internet use in the early '90s.

"We started the company 23 years ago using digital technology to help utilities educate their customers on energy efficiency," said Susan Gilbert, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Apogee. "Today Apogee provides a complete digital engagement platform that communicates personalized information to each utility customer regarding their energy use, what's driving any changes in their monthly energy bills, and how they can start saving on energy costs immediately," she explained. "Our platform leverages the timeliness and convenience of multiple communications channels including texts, personalized video messaging through email, IVR and self-service tools on the utility's website."

Navigant Research’s Behavioral and Analytical Demand-Side Management report assesses the market drivers, technology trends, competitive landscape, and global market forecasts in the expanding field of DSM, and profiles Apogee as one of three leading behavioral DSM vendors.

“Behavioral DSM methods have recently emerged as discovering and promoting energy savings tools with the potential to reduce costs for energy consumers,” says Paige Leuschner, report author and research associate with Navigant Research. “In addition to being a tool for energy savings, utilities are also using DSM as a means for expanding solution offerings and enhancing customer engagement and satisfaction.”

"It's always been about helping utilities help their customers," Gilbert said. "The more consumers understand their energy use and participate in the utility's programs, the more they can take control of their energy costs and the more satisfied they become with their energy provider. Digital technologies today allow us to engage consumers faster, more effectively, reduce operating costs, and achieve a better result for all," Gilbert said.


About Navigant Research

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Energy Technologies, Utility Transformations, Transportation Efficiencies, and Buildings Innovations sectors. Additional information about Navigant Research can be found at

Media Contacts:  Karen Morris, Apogee Interactive, 678-684-6801,

                           Lindsay Lorenz, Navigant Research, 303-493-5477,

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Heat Smart Wins SEEA/AESP Shark Tank Round

Posted By Kyle Krone, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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New CDP Climate Change Report Shows Cadmus Clients are Carbon Leaders

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Friday, December 4, 2015

WALTHAM, MASS., December 4, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that multiple Cadmus clients have earned a place in the CDP Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), as reported in “CDP Climate Change Report 2015: The mainstreaming of low-carbon on Wall Street.”

Cadmus was present to support its clients’ successes at CDP’s 2015 U.S. Climate Change Report Launch in New York, NY, on November 16, 2015, which was attended by CDP respondents and corporate climate leaders from a variety of industries and sectors.

CDP partner logo 2015Clients who engaged Cadmus for assistance with their 2015 CDP responses earned consistently high scores, with the majority, including first-time responders, receiving disclosure scores in the 90s. Most received scores ranging from 96-100, 100 being the highest possible score.

“Not only are our clients who complete CDP responses signaling their commitment to sustainability, they are also evaluating how climate strategy can improve overall company performance and increasing their resilience for the future,” said Kate Swayne Wilson, director of Cadmus’ greenhouse gas (GHG) and sustainability reporting practice. “We congratulate them on their exemplary performance, which shows them to be leaders in an increasingly carbon-conscious business community.”

Cadmus is a multi-year Silver Consultancy Partner in the United States for CDP, the largest voluntary GHG emissions and climate strategy reporting organization in the world. CDP invites a limited number of leading consultancies to partner with it to assist companies in completing the CDP information requests which include questions on GHG emissions, energy use, climate strategy, and the risks and opportunities from climate change from thousands of the world’s largest companies.

Cadmus has more than nine years of experience working with organizations to achieve optimal CDP scores and to quantify and reduce GHG emissions. We also help clients set science-based emissions targets, bring together key stakeholders to develop robust, yet sound, corporate climate change policies, goals, and implementation plans within an organization. Learn more at

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage our staff’s exceptional expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication, architecture and design, law, policy analysis, and the liberal arts to provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad.

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CenterPoint Energy ranks high as Environmental Champion in Utility Trusted Brand & Engagement Residential Study

Posted By Kim Burtraw, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CenterPoint Energy ranked third among the largest Midwest Region natural gas utilities in the U.S. and was named an Environmental Champion by Cogent(TM) Reports. The Environmental Champions list was compiled from scores and ratings given by consumers surveyed for the annual Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement(TM) study. The results are based on more than 25,000 consumer performance ratings for 125 leading gas and electric utilities throughout the U.S.



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Fiveworx DSM platform takes customer engagement to new level

Posted By Laura Orfanedes, Friday, September 4, 2015

Fiveworx has received its first EM&V on its Alliant Energy pilot in Wisconsin. The utility partnered with Fiveworx to pilot the company's innovative platform, taking the utility’s customer engagement to a new level, with impressive gains in energy savings and customer satisfaction.

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CMC Energy Services acquires Competitive Resources Inc.

Posted By CMC, Friday, July 31, 2015


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