Michael Kopistansky, Treasurer
Michael (Mike) Kopistansky is a senior level leader with executive leadership experience in a variety of roles related to energy in both the public and private sector. Currently, he is a Vice President of Engineering at Vicinity Energy, owner and maintainer of the largest district energy portfolio in the United States. Mikes primary focus at Vicinity is dedicated towards the company’s de-carbonization plan, infrastructure improvements and growth for the 19 networks in the portfolio.
Previously to joining Vicinity, Mike was a Project Executive for Energy Solutions at PWI Engineering of Jenkintown, PA. PWI Engineers is a full-service engineering firm with specialties in Energy, healthcare and combined heat and power technologies. Before working at PWI Engineers, Mike held a position at Ameresco, an Energy Services Company and leading independent provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America and the United Kingdom. In his position as their Director of Distributed Energy Systems. Mike developed projects involving combined heat and power, battery storage, solar, biomass and micro-grids within the Mid-Atlantic region, and is experienced with energy performance contracting for public and private sector clients.
Prior to his role at Ameresco, Mike was a Senior Project Manager in the Engineering Maintenance and Construction department for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). In his role at SEPTA, Mike led the development of Septa’s Energy and sustainability program involving energy efficiency, water conservation, onsite power generation and wayside energy storage projects. During his time at SEPTA, Mike developed a scalable award winning Energy Storage System model and set of standards designed to use the braking energy from trains to (1) power other trains on the system (2) charge batteries for future use (3) participate in grid frequency regulation market and (4) provide resiliency during grid outages. Mike also oversaw SEPTA’s capital projects for substation upgrades, grid frequency regulation, combined heat and power generation and developed standards for energy usage, demand response and electrical system modernization.
In addition to his roles with the Energy Sector, Mike held the position of Engineering and Operations Manager for Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies. In his role at Citizens Bank Park, Mike developed a $375M facility under construction through start up and commissioning that is recognized for its excellence in operations. He has developed a world class operations team, a culture based on customer service, and a strategic plan mandating continuous improvement. Mike managed facility operations of the ballpark through the World Series in 2008 when the facility was voted #1 for appearance, fan friendliness and customer satisfaction.
Mike has more than 30 years of experience in Engineering, Facilities, Energy and Utilities beginning his career at PECO Energy as a Project Engineer. He is an advocate for sustainability and environmental preservation through reduction in energy usage and reducing carbon footprints.
Mike holds an MBA from LaSalle University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He is board officer for the Philadelphia Energy Authority and for the Philadelphia Green Capital Corporation. Mike resides in suburban Philadelphia with his family.