Please contact one of our officers with any questions you may have about AEE NCPC.

President – Mr. Keith Pehl, P.E., LEED AP BD+C

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keithpehlSummary of Experience

Keith is the founder, the President of Optima Engineering, located in Charlotte, N.C.  Optima Engineering has approximately 33 employees and provides a wide range of engineering services for the built environment, from mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for buildings, to carbon footprint and energy analysis for their clients. In addition to his focus on Electrical Engineering he also is involved with strategic planning, sustainable design, renewable energy, and energy analysis. With more than 25 years of diverse electrical engineering experience, he advises and develops sustainable engineering strategies for all types of clients and their facilities.  He frequently speaks to various organizations on the topics of Net Zero Energy Facilities, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy tax opportunities.

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineer in 35 states
  • South Mecklenburg High School Engineering Advisory Board
  • East Mecklenburg High School All Star Teachers Initiative Board
  • Denver United Methodist Church Youth Leader/Sunday School Teacher/Choir
  • Magnify Community Choir
  • USGBC Charlotte Chapter
    • Elected Representative to the Board of Directors
    • Advocacy Committee Chair
    • State Advocacy Government Subcommittee Chair
    • Membership Committee Facilitator
  • The Counselors of Real Estate – Creative Thinker Award – 2010
  • AIA Committee on the Environment Award – 2009
  • Charlotte Business Journal – Green Commercial Building Award – 2009
  • USGBC LEED Platinum Office Space – 2009
  • SAVE Gary N. Brown Volunteer of the Year – 2010
  • USGBC Volunteer Programmer Award – 2010

Community Involvement

  • ACE Mentoring Program, West Charlotte High School/Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology


  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering – NC State University
  • Masters of Business Administration – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Vice-President – Mr. Eric Bolin, P.E., CEM

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Summary of Experience

Eric has over 20 years experience in the Energy and HVAC Industries. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson
University. During his career, he has worked with building and industry owners on energy and operational strategies (energy/utility cost management, mechanical systems operation and maintenance, etc.) to improve their financial position. He has previous work experience with Duke Energy and the Trane Company.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Certified Energy Manager
  • ACEM – Accredited Commercial Energy Manager (South Carolina)
  • Level II Certified Infrared Thermographer

Memberships & Affiliations

  • IEEE Member
  • National Society of Professional Engineers ‐ Member
  • Association of Energy Engineers ‐ Member


  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering – Clemson University

Treasurer – Ms. Kathi Hart

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Secretary – This position is currently open. If you are interested in joining the AEE NCPC board, please contact Keith Pehl at

Program Director – Mr. George Belich

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George is a consultant with Energy ISA LLC.