Joe Hobelman earns CEM designation

Joe Hobelman, utility asset O&M specialist for the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, recently earned the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation from the Association of Energy Engineers.

As a CEM, Hobelman can optimize the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant and analyze the building infrastructure to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective approach. The requirements to earn the CEM designation include course work, an exam and related work experience in energy management.

The CEM designation will allow Hobelman to perform energy assessments for businesses and facilities in MEAN member communities and to assist in finding ways to save money through energy efficiency.

The designation will also help in completing energy audits for businesses to receive guarantees and/or grant funding through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). For more information on the program, energy assessments and energy audits, contact Hobelman at