Busy Chu takes reins at Plainview’s Edgewise Energy

Founder flip: Sammy Chu (left) has succeeded James Emlock as CEO of Edgewise Energy, the Plainview systems-integration expert the pair co-founded in 2015.

Plainview-based Edgewise Energy has done the C-suite shuffle, with Sammy Chu rising to chief executive officer.

Co-founder Chu, formerly chief innovation officer, succeeds co-founder James Emlock, who remains chairman of the Plainview-based energy-systems integrator.

Edgewise – which develops and aggregates regional energy projects, creating efficiencies that benefit both the electric grid and commercial customers – has also added two new executives.

Dan Kartzman, formerly a senior advisor on market development at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, joins as senior advisor. Dan Whitson, a solar power expert with stints at Islandia’s Green Audit USA and Copiague’s Powersmith Home Energy Solutions, joins as senior director of operations.

Chu is “a proven leader in promoting market adoption of energy efficiency,” according to a company statement. His lengthy résumé includes his current roles as chairman of the Long Island chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and vice chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.

Chu – who was founding director of the Town of Babylon’s Long Island Green Homes program, self-billed as the nation’s first “operationalized property-assessed clean-energy program” – also served as chief of staff to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and led the county’s response to 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

At Edgewise, Chu leads the professional services team in providing energy-efficiency assessments and guidance to commercial property owners.

The 2015 startup and member of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program aims to break the cycle of ever-increasing utilities payments hamstringing businesses by researching and executing the best combination of new technologies, energy programs and financing options available in each specific scenario.

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan calling for new innovations and efficiencies across the statewide power grid, Edgewise’s goal is to “turn energy-draining buildings into power-producing generators, while creating recurring revenue for property owners,” according to a company statement.

Among other efforts, the Plainview firm is a “primary conduit” to property-assessed clean-energy programs – similar to the trendsetting PACE program new chief executive Chu created in Babylon.