Luthin Associates provides a wide array of energy consulting services to all of the industry sectors predominately in the New York tristate area. We currently conduct business in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. In addition, we are also licensed to conduct business in Maryland and Illinois.
Catherine Luthin's journey began in 1992 while working for the New York City Office of Energy Conservation as a Program Manager where she developed experience in the energy business. Catherine quickly realized that there was a void in the area of assisting the institutional sector in managing their energy usage. In 1994, Catherine Luthin founded Luthin Associates and established a consulting contract with Columbia University. Another service arrangement followed shortly thereafter with Vornado Realty. This began a long career that has resulted in Luthin Associates realizing hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for our clients since 2000.
At the same time that Luthin Associates was formed, natural gas deregulation was developing. To address this opportunity, Luthin Associates became involved in its policy decisions and strategic plans. By 1997, electric deregulation was starting and Luthin Associates was asked to provide the customer perspective to utilities and regulators. By then, Luthin Associates had added staff and regulatory services to our portfolio. On behalf of our clients, we actively intervened in a variety of utility rate cases. In 1997, as such intervention was becoming an important aspect of managing costs, Catherine Luthin became Director of the New York Energy Buyers Forum, a group of large energy users. As economic development options subsequently became a major component of our business, Luthin Associates pioneered the Power for Jobs program and the Con Edison Biomedical Business Incentive Rate.
By 2001, Luthin Associates had outgrown our space, and we purchased an office building in Avon-by-the Sea, New Jersey. Our original product line included energy procurement, regulatory matters and economic development. By 2002, we added other energy services, including master planning and management of Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Word had spread about Luthin Associates' success and for-profit companies such as real estate and financial services organizations joined our client base. By 2007, Luthin Associates had more than doubled in size. To accommodate our growing staff, in 2011 we purchased our current office building in Allenhurst, New Jersey, tripling our office space.
To better represent our not-for-profit institutional clients, in 2001, Catherine Luthin founded Consumer Power Advocates (CPA). CPA's mission is to lower energy costs for its members through representation in energy-related regulatory and legislative proceedings. CPA represents its members at the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies impacting energy costs. In such cases and hearings, CPA addresses issues having a significant impact on our members' operating budgets. This "seat at the table" provides a unique perspective that enables us to help our clients make informed decisions.
Today, Luthin Associates offers a wide variety of services including energy procurement, bill auditing, regulatory intervention, energy engineering, benchmarking, economic development, RFP management and sustainability planning. We have stretched well beyond the borders of New York State, managing a nationwide portfolio of energy procurement services for Related Management (a national real estate portfolio).