Catherine Luthin is a female entrepreneur, successful innovator, and pioneer in energy management and sustainability, with more than 30 years of industry experience within corporate, nonprofit, and regulatory environments. She is the Founder and President of Luthin Associates, established in 1994, a leading energy management consulting firm.
Luthin Associates helps public and private sector clients develop and implement proactive energy strategies, better source energy, operate more efficiently, integrate renewable energies, and achieve significant cost savings. With extensive experience in the education, healthcare, and real estate sectors, Luthin helped drive more than $500 million in cost avoidance for clients.
Catherine Luthin also serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Consumer Power Advocates (CPA). CPA helps large, institutional nonprofits in the education and health sectors decrease energy costs through regulatory affairs and programs that shape energy policies in New York State.
Catherine’s leadership and expertise helped spark change in the energy industry in New York for several decades. She served on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force for all three terms of his administration. Catherine was one of 16 leading energy experts from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who developed the original PlaNYC. Luthin helped with long-term planning and energy sustainability and participated in Mayor DeBlasio’s Energy Supply Focus Group to craft New York’s 80 x 50 climate action plan, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050.
Catherine also co-authored the distributed generation section of PlaNYC, a strategic plan released by Mayor Bloomberg in 2007 to prepare the city for growth and work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York. Moreover, Luthin managed the commercial outreach program for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public-benefit corporation focused on combating climate change, increasing energy storage, and achieving carbon neutrality.
A nationally recognized leader in the energy industry, Luthin received the Energy Service Professional of the Year Award from the AEE-NY Chapter as well as the International Professional of the Year Award from AEE. In 2019, Luthin became an AEE Fellow, a grade of membership for those who made a significant contribution to the energy management and alternative energy industry.
To maximize the performance of the energy efficiency and building electrification portfolios in New York State, Catherine serves on the Department of Public Service’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAG). This group informs program design, identifies gaps in portfolios and areas for improvement. Catherine was also appointed to the New York City Department of Buildings’ Energy Grid Working Group to assist the Advisory Board for Local Law 97 which focuses on the grid of the future, key factors in implementing energy efficiency, and other changes to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
Catherine Luthin is a highly sought-after thought leader on energy-related matters and is a regular speaker at global and national conferences. She has chaired a series of panel sessions at AEE conferences surrounding the topic of energy policy innovation and carbon reduction. Catherine was also a guest lecturer at Cornell University, City University of New York’s Institute for Urban Systems, and Columbia University’s Environmental and Energy Policy Department.
As a female entrepreneur and successful innovator in a largely male-dominated industry, Catherine commits much of her time to actively supporting and mentoring women to prepare them for leadership roles in their fields. The firm, which has received several awards for diversity and MWBE leadership, reflects her commitment to women.
Luthin received her MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.