This website is intended to serve two main purposes:
- To host my blog posts on energy and policy topics; and
- To share my experience and expertise to audiences who might want to enlist my services.
So to find out more about what this blog will entail and what I can offer, please navigate to the appropriate sections below.
Why am I writing this blog? In my career, I’ve been lucky enough to gain a broad range of experiences in the energy technology and policy fields—described in greater details below. As I’ve continued to add new knowledge and skills to my tool belt, I’ve developed an itch to write about and share with others what I’m learning. So broadly speaking, I intend to use this website and blog as an outlet for me to do just that– share my knowledge, provide an outlet for what I’ve learned, and provide myself another excuse to research and education myself on new topics.
What am I hoping you’ll get out of it? I also hope that a result of this project will be providing an opportunity to connect with other people with the same interests, put myself and my work out there for opportunities to collaborate, or find people in relevant industries who might be interested in discussing how I can use my knowledge and experience to help them. If you fall in any of those categories, please head to the contact page and reach out. I’m eager to hear from anyone who has found their way to my site and to discuss whatever might be on your mind!
Will this be taking a political tilt? Taking a lead from my experiences in the consulting world, one thing you will not see me doing on this page is taking an explicitly political stand on issues. I do believe the continued progress of energy efficient technologies, renewable energy, and policies that encourage similar advancements in the energy sector are vital to the United States as a people heading deeper into the 21st century. I also stand with the vast majority of scientists and experts who have scientifically concluded that climate change is occurring and is being hastened by human activity. However when the political discourse gets heated, it is typically because the debate starts to focus in on topics such as the role of government incentives and investment, monetary effects of public policy on consumers and businesses, and other partisan disagreements on the role of government in assigning economic benefits and responsibilities when it comes to energy policy. These are the types of topics I am planning on steering clear from—while I will comment on new federal energy policy and related issues, my focus will be on the data, the facts, and the policy process itself. If there are conclusions to be made regarding who is ‘right’ on a specific policy debate, I will leave those to the readers to make themselves.
My time and career in Washington D.C. have taught me that there are always valuable ideas and incredibly intelligent people on both sides of these debates, and I hope the information I provide on this website will be of value to people regardless of their position on a particular issue. I see my role as one where I provide just a bit of insight into how the issues and processes look from the inside of the governmental process, supply context and background information on the technical and policy sides, and offer tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way for anyone who might be interested in following the same career path I’ve carved.
Who am I? My name is Matt Chester, and I am and energy and policy professional located in Washington, D.C. I have a number of years of experience working in energy technology, federal energy policy, and other related fields. My educational background includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, graduating with high honors and a focus on both Civil Engineering and Science & Technology Policy.
How did I get started? When I was studying engineering in college and attempting to discover what direction I wanted to steer into for my career, my focus was on finding a field where I could combine my technical engineering background with the ability to make a significant and forward-looking difference in the world. Through a science & technology policy program at my school, I discovered a passion for energy technology and policy and realized this was precisely the type of career for which I was searching.
What experience do I have? I have since held a number of positions in the energy technology and energy policy fields, focusing mainly as a consultant contracting with the Department of Energy (DOE). I have worked with a number of Offices and Laboratories in DOE, including the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and more. Among the varied array of projects I’ve been a part of at DOE are supporting the public rulemaking process for EERE’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Program (contributing to areas including the engineering analyses, market analyses, and government and technical writing), providing quality control and fact check reviews for public facing documents and reports, and assisting with the project management of updating the cyber security requirements for DOE employees and contractors. I’ve also had the opportunity to work at a D.C.-based non-profit for energy policy issues to research and analyze green building technologies and initiatives. More information and details about my experience in the various fields can be found on my LinkedIn page.
What am I able to offer you? If after hearing about my government and industry experiences and/or reading through my blog, you find that there might be a project or opportunity for which my involvement could be useful to you or your company, then I would love to hear from you and would encourage you to navigate to my contact page. Some specific skills and experiences of interest are detailed below.
- Engineering and market analyses;
- Technical writing;
- Government and policy writing;
- Copy-editing and proofreading;
- Project management;
- Data analysis and visualization;
- Development of white papers and other training materials;
- Research and information gathering; and
- Public presentation of technical analyses to technical and non-technical audiences.
Relevant areas of experiences:
- Energy efficient technologies;
- Renewable energy technologies;
- Green building technologies and initiatives;
- Federal rulemaking process;
- Governmental energy regulation;
- Writing and editing business development proposals; and
- Organizational carbon footprint analyses.