Meet John Noel
John Noel 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 Lake Forest College, 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; after graduation, he returned to work for 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 specializing in making businesses and large facilities “leaner and greener” by providing a full menu of energy efficiency options. E+E are pioneers in the LED lighting space, implementing cost-efficient lighting retrofits before the technology became the norm. Supplying “A New Energy” for commercial, industrial, and military facilities across the country, John has saved businesses and governments tens of millions of dollars in energy costs over the past 18 years.
In addition to his strong and steadfast dedication to transforming Georgia towards renewable energy, he installed 10kW solar array with battery backup making his home almost 100% self sufficient and was one of the first electric car drivers in Georgia.
John has always been drawn to public service. He purchased and renovated a historic home 21 years ago 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 all of Georgia, not just Atlanta, on the Georgia Public Service Commission.
John is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. He and Wendy continue to reside in Riverside with their golden retriever, Sydney.