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Holly Troy Benz

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Master of Science in Energy & Sustainability


Areas of Focus

  • Microgrids
  • Sustainability reporting
  • Circular economy
  • Energy strategy and market innovation
  • Professional education in sustainability
  • Beneficial electrification and electric vehicles
  • Low/moderate income energy efficiency


  • Energy strategy for businesses and utilities
  • Sustainability strategy including strategy development and sustainability reporting
  • Utility program design and implementation for energy efficiency, demand response, strategic energy management and electric vehicle programs
  • Utility innovation for climate change strategy, electric vehicle charging networks, low/moderate income programs and smart thermostats


Troy Benz  worked as a leader in energy and sustainability for almost 20 years before joining Northwestern University. She has an MBA from the Wharton School and a MA in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional roles include: senior vice president, Emerging Growth; CLEAResult senior vice president, strategy, M&A and Marcom; Schneider Electric vice president, consulting services; Schneider Electric vice president, business development, direct energy; Centrica head of residential, British Gas New Energy; Centrica head of strategy, British Gas; Centrica case team leader; Bain & Company senior consultant; Accenture.