Jeremy is the founding CEO and President of Eutectics®, where he has developed a national reputation as a thought leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy financing for new and emerging markets. In creating new and easier paths to finance clean energy projects, Jeremy leverages his deep and varied experience as a state lawmaker, law school graduate, finance facilitator, business owner, green building advocate and craftsman.
Jeremy’s optimism and enthusiasm for Eutectics’ work shines through at every turn. His commitment to making clean energy mainstream is best manifested by an old family saying: “The person saying something is impossible, should not interrupt the other person finishing it.”
Jeremy gained his reputation as a national leader on clean energy policy during his tenure as Representative in the Minnesota House from 2007-2010. He served as co-chair of Minnesota’s Green Jobs Task Force and founding Chair of CLEAN – the national Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now. He worked closely with the White House, leading bipartisan clean energy champions, and clean technology innovator. Jeremy continues to advise the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators on clean energy financing issues and he serves as GOVERNING Institute’s Senior Fellow for clean energy financing. He is a sought-after speaker at regional and national events, ranging from industry conferences like the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy’s Energy Efficiency Finance Forum to national policy gatherings at the National Press Club, the U.S. Senate and the White House.
Jeremy has a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, graduate training in architecture and green building from the University of New Mexico, and a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota. Jeremy and his wife Hope work every day to pass along their values of environmental stewardship and service-driven work to their 4-year-old twins, Jonah and Leah, by growing a small garden and swimming regularly in nearby Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ian Schonwald - Managing Director
Ian is the wizard behind Eutectics’ creative financing solutions. As a well seasoned finance analyst, he uses his deep knowledge base to put together finance approaches that make economic and environmental sense. Additionally, he’s able to demystify and simplify the complex financing tools for clients to understand and get behind the bottom line. Ian’s expertise and unique background sets Eutectics apart from other firms.
Ian holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Maryland with a dual concentration in finance and marketing. Having spent eight years in construction finance, he comes to Eutectics with a skill set and knowledge base that gives us the ability to understand the full scope of the projects and the best financing available. Ian spent many years analyzing large companies and projects from an insurance and risk perspective.
Ian and his family recently moved to Minneapolis from San Francisco. His wife, Sara, owns Listen to Lead Consulting, an education and leadership consulting practice focused on leadership development for social action. Ian and Sara are the proud parents of Elia and Silas.
Virginia Rutter – Senior Research Analyst
As the Senior Research Analyst at Eutectics, Virginia works to broaden the company’s knowledge base. Since joining in October 2013, she has supported all aspects of our business from modeling the finances for Deal Books to driving the company’s expertise on Community Solar Gardens. Virginia comes to Eutectics with a strong background in public finance and environmental policy. While at Public Financial Management, she handled both public and private municipal bond sales for clients ranging from small school districts to state agencies, and she worked to develop PFM’s “green” practice with PACE financing. Virginia has also worked on environmental policy for several nonprofit organizations, cities, and state agencies, including lobbying with Minnesota Environmental Partnership and tracking air quality grants for the City of Los Angeles. She loves that Eutectics melds her expertise in finance and clean energy with practical implementation.
Her passion for environmental policy was developed early in her undergraduate studies, where she found a connection to ecology, conservation, and politics. Not only is this shown in her professional life, but also in her volunteer work. Virginia was involved with the Citizens League’s electricity project from 2010-2015, and she served on the board of Do It Green! Minnesota from 2013-2015.
She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus on energy policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis and Biology from Pomona College. When Virginia and her husband Perry aren’t chasing after their two young children – Adele and Calvin – Virginia can be found knitting, playing the piano, training for a 1/2 marathon, or in ballet class.
Jacob Shoop - General Counsel
Jacob is General Counsel at Eutectics. He assists in analyzing legal issues and aids in finance modeling. Jacob is a recent graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. During law school he had a special focus on energy law, externing at both Eutectics and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. He was also a member and contributor to the William Mitchell Law Review. His article, The Rise of Renewables and Distributed Generation in Minnesota, was published by the journal in 2015.
Jacob has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Morris. It was while at school in Morris that he first learned of the importance of sustainable energy solutions, having witnessed the construction and implementation of the school’s first wind turbine on campus.
Jacob lives in St. Paul with his wife, Takayla.
Jeremy de Fiebre – Senior Advisor
Jeremy worked on energy policy, financing and budget issues for the State of Minnesota for 33 years, most recently as clean energy financing lead staffer at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Previously, Jeremy worked for the Department of Energy and Economic Development and for the Office of Environmental Assistance. Jeremy oversaw the creation and implementation of more than a dozen successful clean energy financing platforms, and continues to advise Eutectics and partners on public-private partnerships like Property Assessed Clean Energy and others.
The Eutectics Consulting LLC office is located in Butler Square, the first building of its kind IN THE NATION to secure LEED – EB O&M Certification. We are proud to call this beautiful and sustainable Warehouse District landmark home.