about us

A better grid starts with a better energy provider.

David Energy is revolutionizing energy supply with an integrated software platform that puts the consumer in the driver’s seat.
How we think

We’re entering an energy renaissance. A time when the one-way flow of energy from centralized, fossil fuel sources will be replaced by a network of renewable resources all communicating together to intelligently direct energy to where it’s needed and away from where it’s not.

With smart management, a decentralized grid will be more efficient, more reliable, and more powerful than the old model. But this shift requires a new type of energy provider. One that understands the power of software to inform and direct the flow of energy.

What we do

We partner with like-minded energy users + businesses, offering them an all-in-one solution to help them build a better grid.

Retail Energy Provider
We source clean and affordable energy for our customers.
Automated Device Management
Our software learns when you need energy and adjusts your devices’ usage accordingly.
Demand Response
We automatically modulate your usage during times when energy is the most expensive and dirty.
Shared Savings Program
By selling some of your surplus energy when you don’t need it, we generate revenue that also saves you money.
Who we serve

Whether you’re powering a multi-location small-business, your home, or a multi-family housing development, David Energy has the tools to help you modernize your energy.

Home
Save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Business
Manage all your buildings and devices from a single platform.
Partners
Boost profits and simplify your energy processes.

Leadership Team

Meet the folks who are putting all their energy into improving yours.
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James McGinniss
CEO & Co-Founder
James McGinniss
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Ahmed Salman
Co-Founder & Head of Research
Ahmed Salman
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Chaitu Parikh
Head of Retail
Chaitu Parikh
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Sophia Cowles
Sophia Cowles
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Sam Strasser
Sam Strasser

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Chaitu Parikh
Head of Retail

Chaitu is Head of Retail at David Energy. He is a 20 year veteran in the retail energy sector. Prior to David Energy, Chaitu was the COO at Crius Energy. During his tenure at Crius, he played a critical role in the growth strategy and improved operational efficiency which translated to a 250% increase in customers and 30% reduction in cost to serve economics which laid the foundation for the 2019 sale to Vistra Energy for over $500M. Prior to Crius, he served as the COO and President of MXenergy Holdings Inc. from 2011-12 and served as the CFO and EVP of MXenergy from 2004. He was instrumental in negotiating a sale to Constellation for US$225M in 2011. Prior to MXenergy, Chaitu held senior financial roles at retail energy businesses in the US and Canada. He began his career in Toronto with KPMG and holds a Certified Public Accountant designation. Mr. Parikh also holds a BA degree with a concentration in Economics from the University of Toronto.

Education
  • University of Toronto - B.A in Economics

Experience
  • COO of Crius Energy, LLC
  • COO and President of MXenergy Holdings Inc.
  • CFO and EVP of MXenergy

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Ahmed Salman
Co-Founder & Head of Research

Ahmed brings over 15 years of experience in the building automation and energy management industry. Ahmed has previously held senior project manager and engineering roles at multiple companies internationally and around the United States including multinational companies such as Siemens Building Solutions and Schneider Electric.

He developed the EcoGenesis SmartGrid® Energy Management System for R3 Energy, a NYSERDA approved RTEM system focusing on monitoring and optimizing building operations and the execution of Demand Response and other demand management measures.

Ahmed holds a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. He is also a certified Building Commissioning and Building Energy Assessment Professional.


Education
  • Helwan University Cairo - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Experience
  • 13 years of experience in the building automation and energy industry
  • Developer of EcoGenesis SmartGrid® Energy Management System, a NYSERDA approved RTEM system

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James McGinniss
CEO & Co-Founder

James McGinniss is an expert in modern grid design and technologies, ranging from solar + storage to CHP/Cogen. While studying Engineering at the University of Texas-Austin, he researched all aspects of energy markets and next generation grid infrastructure design. In lieu of pursuing his PhD in battery storage science, he helped found David Energy.

While at UT, James also founded and led a team of 30+ engineers that competed in the Elon Musk led SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, where teams were invited to build pods to race on a one-mile test track. They won the SpaceX Innovation Award after two years spent building their prototype, one of three teams to be recognized.

James has extensive experience designing and deploying rooftop solar and residential behind the meter storage projects in the Texas market for Alba Energy, a Texas based solar installation company.

He holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Physics and Math.

Education
  • Georgetown University - B.S. in Physics & Math, Magna Cum Laude
  • UT Austin - M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering

Experience
  • Participation in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition and recipient of the SpaceX Innovation Award
  • Design and deployment for Alba Energy