Empowering the Future of Energy: The Journey of EMPEQ Under Herbert Dwyer and Derek LaClair’s Leadership

By Greg Grzesiak Greg Grzesiak has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on March 16, 2024

Technology and sustainability intersect more than ever these days. Keenly aware of this is EMPEQ, a beacon of innovation and forward-thinking in the energy sector. Co-founded by Herbert Dwyer, a service-connected disabled Marine veteran with an illustrious career in the energy and critical infrastructure sectors, and Derek LaClair, a finance and real estate connoisseur deeply connected to the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Upper Mohawk) Nation, EMPEQ embodies the vision of its leaders. Their mission: to redefine energy and equipment auditing through advanced software technology, making energy efficiency accessible and actionable for all.

The story of EMPEQ is one of serendipity and shared ambition. Herbert and Derek’s partnership was ignited by a chance meeting, where they discovered their mutual dedication to creating eco-friendly and technologically advanced solutions for the critical infrastructure industry. Their combined experiences — Herbert’s resilience and leadership skills honed in the Marines, alongside Derek’s financial expertise and deep-rooted respect for sustainable practices influenced by his Indigenous heritage — provided a solid foundation for EMPEQ’s mission.

Under their guidance, EMPEQ has developed an AI-driven platform that is transforming how building and equipment audits are conducted. The company’s revolutionary approach, incorporating AI to analyze photographs for vital equipment data and utilizing a mobile and cloud-based platform, is streamlining the energy and equipment auditing process and workforce management. This innovation not only saves time and resources for energy and equipment auditing companies but also makes energy-efficient solutions more accessible to buildings of all kinds, heralding a new era of eco-conscious retrofitting.

EMPEQ’s flagship solution, the Fast Site Survey software, highlights the company’s commitment to excellence and innovation. Recognized as a 2024 US DOE IMPEL Company and a SET100 startup, EMPEQ stands at the forefront of sustainable energy solutions. Its collaboration with the Canadian government on the RETScreen software and approval as a third-party tool by the US DOE underscore its pivotal role in democratizing energy audits and making sustainable upgrades accessible across sectors.

The impact of EMPEQ extends beyond energy efficiency. In a groundbreaking collaboration with the Air Force, EMPEQ’s technology is addressing critical challenges in supply chain management, particularly in identifying suspect and defective parts. This not only highlights EMPEQ’s role in enhancing the reliability and security of critical infrastructure but also showcases the versatile applications of their technology in safeguarding national interests.

Herbert Dwyer reflects on the company’s journey, stating, “At EMPEQ, we’re not just developing technology; we’re cultivating a movement towards a more sustainable and efficient future. Our work goes beyond innovation for the sake of progress — it’s about creating a legacy of environmental stewardship and critical infrastructure reliability.”

As EMPEQ continues to expand its influence, Herbert and Derek’s leadership remains its driving force. Their unique blend of expertise, passion for sustainability, and commitment to technological advancement positions EMPEQ at the forefront of the industry. They are poised to explore new frontiers, setting new standards in technology, efficiency, and environmental responsibility. The path ahead for EMPEQ is bright as they continue to redefine the landscape of energy efficiency, paving the way for future advancements that will benefit both the planet and its inhabitants.

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By Greg Grzesiak Greg Grzesiak has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Greg Grzesiak is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Columnist at Grit Daily. As CEO of Grzesiak Growth LLC, Greg dedicates his time to helping CEOs influencers and entrepreneurs make the appearances that will grow their following in their reach globally. Over the years he has built strong partnerships with high profile educators and influencers in Youtube and traditional finance space. Greg is a University of Florida graduate with years of experience in marketing and journalism.

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