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  • Proven Experience and Success -- The partners at Consensus have performed dozens of commercial and industrial energy audits in over 30 states from Vermont to Hawaii -- and delivered dramatic results for clients.


  • Objectivity -- It isn't about trying to sell potential clients services and products they don't need to make a quick buck. We develop mutually beneficial, long-term relationships. We listen closely to our client's needs, discover the efficiency gains that can help you most, and work hard to find affordable energy solutions for you.  If you don't benefit greatly, we haven't done our job.


  • Our Commitment to Your Satisfaction -- We see the audit and upgrade process as just the first step in an ongoing relationship. You'll hear from us time and time again, as we follow up to make sure our plan is delivering results.

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Steve O'Neil, MS
Managing Partner

Steve O'Neil has twenty five years of professional experience with environmental-related organizations including executive management, advisor, corporate governance, and founding entrepreneur.


Steve founded Applied Energy Conservation Systems, now Consensus Energy, a commercial and industrial energy-savings consulting firm, in 2007. 


Mr. O'Neil has served as Executive Director of the Chattanooga Nature Center, Executive Director of SouthWings and SE Regional Director of Center for the Restoration of Waters @ Ocean Arks International. Mr. O'Neil has also held Board positions with the Chattanooga Nature Center, the City of Chattanooga’s Climate Action Plan, the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council,  and  Dogwood Alliance in North Carolina .

Steve holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters in Environmental Science from University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland.

More information on Steve can be found here.

Ed Outlaw, CEM, CPA

Ed is the founder of Outlaw Consulting, a tax credit and incentive consulting company.  Prior to founding Outlaw Consulting in 1998, he worked in the state and local tax practices of various Big 4 accounting firms. 


As the President of Outlaw Consulting, Ed has worked with numerous companies in a variety of industries to negotiate incentives for expansions and relocations, and to help companies take advantage of tax credits.  In recent years, Ed has begun to work with incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.  His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Emory University and a Masters degree in Taxation from Georgia State University. 


Ed is an also an active member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the High Noon Toastmasters Club, the Greater Solar Energy Association, the Fayette County Democratic Committee, CISV Atlanta Chapter, and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.   

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Ben Taube, LEED, MEPM

Ben has many years of working with the public and private sector at the local, state, and federal levels and spent over 20 years working across the globe on behalf of many cleantech companies.  


Ben Taube is the President of BLT Sustainable Energy, Inc.  He is also a Senior Vice President and equity owner of Memphis-based Evaporcool.  As Senior Vice President, he serves in the capacity of utility program development, government affairs, Western U.S. market leader, and strategic advisory development for the company. 


Prior to forming BLT Sustainable Energy, Ben served as the founding Executive Director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), an Atlanta nonprofit aimed at implementing energy efficiency across 11 Southeast states from 2007 to 2011.  Under his leadership, SEEA grew from a budget of $200,000 to over $20,000,000 with a staff of 15 employees.


Recently, Ben has been driving the creation of a property assessed clean energy lending program in Atlanta, GA for the private building sector.  The PACE program is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 with $500 million in private capital coming to the market. 


Ben was awarded the 2011 Atlanta Business Chronicle Environmental Emerging Leader Award.  He is the Chair of the Local Energy Alliance Program in Charlottesville, VA; a 2008 recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 leaders award; a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission 50 Forward Initiative; and serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the American Israel Chamber of Commerce; Gwinnett Technical College Green Advisory Board; and on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Conservation Voters. Mr. Taube has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Memphis and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.


Ben is a co-founder and serves as Chairman of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, a collaboration of cleantech clusters from around the world. He has held posts as the Environmental Manager for the City of Atlanta; as Director of Government Affairs for EcoSMART Technologies and as Public Affairs Manager for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.

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