Professor Michaels teaches energy efficiency with focus on strategy innovation and directs the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, which includes business/policy studies of utility, community, and smart grid-enabled efficiency deployment models. Harvey also participates in the MIT Energy Initiative and the Campus Energy Task Force. From 1997 to 2007, Michaels led Nexus Energy Software (now Aclara Software), which builds utility efficiency and customer service websites as well as Meter Data Management systems. Before founding Nexus, Michaels was president of XENERGY (now part of Kema Consulting and Con Edison Solutions), which specialized in efficiency resource studies and analysis systems.

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