Spencer Moersfelder will become Energy Trust’s next director of planning and evaluation ahead of Fred Gordon’s retirement this spring.
Moersfelder joined Energy Trust as a planning intern over 20 years ago. After becoming a full-time employee on the programs team in 2004, he gained valuable insights into energy program management through a number of progressively responsible roles, including positions leading the New Buildings and Existing Buildings programs.
In 2016, Moersfelder moved to the planning and evaluation team as planning manager. He quickly distinguished himself for his thorough analysis of Energy Trust’s results, his understanding of dynamics shaping Oregon’s energy landscape, and his ability to navigate complex issues and new opportunities, including how Energy Trust can accelerate savings to help meet Oregon’s carbon reduction targets.
He was chosen for the role of director following a competitive, national search in late 2023.
The director of planning and evaluation is an important executive leadership role at Energy Trust. Moersfelder will lead a team of 15 in forecasting energy-efficiency potential, analyzing program cost-effectiveness, verifying results and identifying strategic opportunities for policy and program enhancements.
Gordon has served as director of planning and evaluation since before Energy Trust officially opened its doors in 2002. Under his leadership, Energy Trust gained a reputation as an industry leader in transparency. His skill for anticipating industry changes ensured Energy Trust was positioned to thrive in a dynamic environment.
Perhaps most important, Gordon’s mentorship helped inspire and train the next generation of industry leaders. That includes Moersfelder, who worked closely with Gordon for the past seven years.
“I’m excited to help lead Energy Trust through an ever-changing energy landscape,” Moersfelder said. “More and more customers, utilities, regulators and other stakeholders are asking how clean energy can help strengthen communities and prepare them for the future. I’m honored to play a role in helping more people realize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy.”