About John Noel
John was raised on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee where hard work mattered and connection to the land was more than a slogan. He went on to university at Lake Forest College, just north of Chicago, where he graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in History. In 1992 he took a semester off to work as a campaign aide to Tipper Gore at the Little Rock Headquarters for Clinton-Gore campaign, then after graduation he returned to work for, then, Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen’s campaign for Governor.
In 1996, drawn by the Olympics, John moved to Atlanta, where he began his career in the field of energy. In 1999 he struck out on his own founding Energy + Environment LLC, an energy efficiency contracting company. E+E specializes in making businesses and large facilities “leaner and greener” by providing a full menu of energy efficiency options. They are pioneers in the LED lighting space, implementing cost saving lighting retrofits years before the technology became the norm. John is well versed in building envelope (insulation) analysis and whole building energy assessments but his core business is still lighting retrofits of commercial, industrial, and military facilities across the country, which has saved businesses and governments tens of millions of dollars in energy costs over the past 18 years.
But savings others money is not his only motivation.
He installed a 10kW solar array on his home along with a battery backup and was one of the first electric car drivers in GA. John transitioned from a Nissan Leaf to a Tesla to give him more driving range. Now he routinely visits different corners of the state powering his trip on Georgia produced energy in an American made car, from one of the world’s most innovative companies. Charging his car at home on solar or grid power is one of many transformative experiences that John wants to bring to business and government life.
John has always been drawn to civil service. He purchased and renovated a historic home in the northwest Atlanta neighborhood of Riverside, and soon became president of the neighborhood association. In 2002, John successfully ran for the Georgia Legislature, unseating a 30-year incumbent. After over a decade hiatus from serving as an elected official, John feels compelled to bring his energy knowledge and business acumen to the Public Service Commission. His background in the energy sector, and passion to help people, makes him a perfect candidate to represent District 3, and all of Georgia, on the Georgia Public Service Commission.
John is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. A 21-year resident of west Atlanta, he still lives in the Riverside neighborhood with his partner Wendy, and their dog, Sydney.