Dennis Elsenbeck

Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services, Buffalo, Phillips Lytle LLP

Dennis Elsenbeck provides consulting services on a broad range of energy-related opportunities encompassing a forward view of supply, distribution and demand options.

In his leadership role with a major U.S. utility for nearly 30 years, he brings to Phillips Lytle insight, analytics and business perspectives on long-term policies and the economic landscape. He assists clients with due diligence and regulatory compliance on energy transactions; regulatory counseling involving Public Service Commission proceedings; energy procurement and utility negotiations involving government entities and municipalities; procurement consulting regarding the reduction of energy costs and review of economic incentives; market driven integrated resource planning, and identifying commercial and technical issues associated with energy-related opportunities.

Dennis helps clients move critical energy projects forward by providing creative solutions and overcoming project challenges. He works to develop the voice of the consumer in energy policy and bill impacts as sustainability becomes a focus of energy policy. Elsenbeck collaborates with clients in shaping the “utility of the future.”

Dennis is a well-recognized expert in the energy field and is a highly sought-after lecturer on a variety of topics across the U.S.  He is the Past-Chair of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Steering Committee for the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Board of Directors for the Buffalo Urban Development Commission, Board of Directors for the Greater Erie County & Buffalo United Way and Board Member of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. 

Dennis is on the Advisory Councils of the Erie Community College Foundation and Daemen College.  He was the Campaign Chairman for the Greater Buffalo and Erie County United Way from 2011 to 2012. 

Dennis was recently appointed, by Governor Cuomo, to be one of five members of the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board.  In recent years, Dennis as been recognized by Leadership Buffalo’s Annual Service Award, the University of Buffalo’s Annual Community Leadership Medal, the University of Buffalo Engineering and Applied Sciences Alumni Association’s Engineer of the Year and the National Federation for Just Communities’ Community Leader Award for his commitment to the WNY Community.

Dennis Elsenbeck is the Regional Executive for National Grid’s Western Division and is responsible for representing the Company in public affairs, community relations and network alignment, as well as, the region’s large commercial and industrial customers in terms of energy sales, reliability, service and strategic energy planning.  He has held previous positions as Marketing and Sales Director, Regional Manager of the Mohawk Valley Region and Business Services Vice President.  Dennis has been employed at National Grid for twenty five years.

Prior to joining National Grid, Dennis held positions in project engineering, project management and product management with United Technologies Building Systems Group and Carrier Corporation.  Dennis holds an Associates degree in Air Conditioning from Mohawk Valley Community College, a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering degree from SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Engineering from the University at Buffalo.  Dennis also served in the United States Navy as an electrician’s mate Petty Officer 2nd Class aboard the Destroyer Tender USS Sierra AD-18.  Dennis’ current areas of interest involve Smart Grid, Micro-Grid, Workforce Development, Network Strategy integration into Smart Growth, Sustainability, Energy Management, Energy Policy and STEM in the classroom and Workforce Development.

Dennis is the Past-Chair of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Dean’s Council for the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering.  He serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Steering Committee for the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Board of Directors for the Buffalo Urban Development Commission, Board of Directors for the Greater Erie County & Buffalo United Way and Board Member of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.  Dennis serves on the Smart Growth and Energy Working Groups of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.  Dennis is on the Advisory Councils of the Erie Community College Foundation and Daemen College.  He was the Campaign Chairman for the Greater Buffalo and Erie County United Way from 2011 to 2012.  Dennis was recently appointed, by Governor Cuomo, to be one of five members of the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board.

In recent years, Dennis as been recognized by Leadership Buffalo’s Annual Service Award, the University of Buffalo’s Annual Community Leadership Medal, the University of Buffalo Engineering Alumni Association’s Engineer of the Year and the National Federation for Just Communities’ Community Leader Award for his commitment to the WNY Community.

 Dennis lives in Orchard Park with his wife Barbara, son Dennis, cat Silvia and dog Jackson.