Commercial Energy Projects & Management


Independent. Unbiased. Straight Advice.

We’re rebels for improving commercial building operations, creating highly productive working environments, minimizing energy consumption and increasing company profits.

Renegade Energy does not represent any specific brands or suppliers. We provide independent and comprehensive services driven solely by the numbers and a long view of the client’s needs.

Renegade Energy was founded by Chris Sewell to offer breadth and depth of services culled from more than 15 years’ experience serving clients operating in nearly every industry.

Renegade Energy is setting the bar for efficient project design and management in the Wichita and Southcentral Kansas markets.

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A4 Approach

Audit. Analyze. Advise. Attack.


Energy Audit
Infrared Inspection
Utility Rates & Sales Tax Refunds


Benchmark to Peer Group
Energy Monitoring
Measurement & Verification


Reports with Actionable Plans
Financing Strategies
System Design & Life Cycle Cost


Independent, Competitive Bids
Project Management
Continued Partnership

"To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money and that is sincerity and integrity."

– Douglas Adams

Our Services

Renegade Energy serves clients across many market segments—retail, commercial office, medical, industrial and manufacturing, educational, institutional, public sector and religious buildings and campuses—that want to gain a more accurate analysis and better control of their energy consumption and costs.
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Energy Audits

Comprehensive building assessments include an examination of…

  • HVAC equipment and controls
  • Lighting fixtures and controls
  • Water use
  • Building envelope (windows, doors and vents)
  • Insulation
  • Plug loads
  • Compressed air
  • Maintenance programs and proceedures
  • Occupancy schedules
  • Natural gas and refrigerant leak detection
  • Thermographics (infrared photos) if conditions allow
  • Natural gas contract review

We will analyze and compare energy use to a peer group of similar buildings (including locals from our database, not just national averages), verify the optimum pricing structure with local utility rates and assist in possible sales tax refunds. Our unique background encompassing these disciplines combined with significant field experience create an in depth understanding of the interplay between elements and complex energy technicalities and lead to smart, actionable recommendations and plans.

Energy audits are performed leaning heavily on our engineering capabilities, business acumen and contracting backgrounds. A widely varied project history across almost every industry gives Renegade a wealth of experience from which to draw upon for custom project solutions.

Customers will gain holistic results that drive value in their businesses with project recommendations tailored to improve building operations, comfort and reduce overall cost of ownership.


Commissioning (Cx) and Retro-Commissioning (RCx) have their roots in the shipbuilding industry where every step of the construction process is checked and double checked for everything from correct installation to meeting design specifications.  This same methodology is applied to buildings to both ensure a quality system for new building owners and a quality assurance upgrade to existing facilities.

We at Renegade Energy not only maintain Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) credentials, but we also have extensive history directly in the contracting industry that guides our Cx and RCx processes to focus on the main drivers of system lifecycle costs.

Infrared Inspection

Anyone can buy an infrared camera, but these are not point and shoot. It takes training and experience to accurately interpret what the camera sees and Renegade’s inspectors are required to carry at least a Level 1 certification from third-party testing.

Renegade’s infrared inspection study will examine a client’s HVAC equipment, insulation, electrical, building envelope (if conditions allow) and other items as directed. The report will contain photos of each item studied, an alert level for the severity of the issue and recommended course of action.

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Energy Monitoring
Was it hotter outside last year? Colder? Did you have more space leased, widgets produced, or patient visits? All of these can affect energy use and Renegade Energy can correct for them to give a more true apples-to-apples comparison.

In order to begin improving or reducing energy consumption we need to have a clear understanding of where you are today. Renegade will set up energy monitoring services and create baselines that fit the unique variables of your business.

By monitoring energy consumption and costs with an online dashboard that you can review anytime, Renegade is able to analyze data, watch for abnormalities, compare against historical usage, predict future usage and provide smart recommendations to help customers make necessary adjustments, implement improvement projects and exercise maximum control. This relatively simple process can lead to thousands of dollars in annual cost savings.

Remember, you can only manage what you measure.  See below examples from real projects.

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Measurement & Verification

As part of our standard process Renegade performs measurement and verification before and after an efficiency project has been implemented. This allows us to accurately report on the true savings provided by either comparing whole building energy use or maybe just a few electrical circuits. Weather data and other variables are considered during this process just as they are in the monitoring service and the level of detail monitored is determined by both project complexity and client needs.

Renegade follows the same rigorous standards required by government facilities. Our customers can always expect high-quality work at a lower cost due to less paperwork and bureaucracy.

Budgets, System Design, & LCC (Life Cycle Cost) Analysis

Renegade uses a simulation program to construct a virtual model of the facility using provided blueprints, existing structures, design notes and industry standards.  Our report will provide sizing of HVAC units and estimated energy use of the building. With budget install quotes either provided by the client or proposed by Renegade, we can perform a long-term cost analysis to find the right system that fits the client’s budget and future needs. Provided as a service to general contractors, this analysis has helped win competitive RFPs.

Renegade has a broad client experience base to draw from to provide unbiased comprehensive solutions—solutions based on comprehensive energy modeling and science not supplier sales sheets.

Project Management

We at Renegade Energy have experience working hundreds of projects of varying size and scope. Regardless of the size of the project, Renegade is committed to finding and implementing the best possible solution for the customer’s unique situation.

We’re completely independent and not limited by any supplier contracts or sales quotas. The universe of possible solutions is open for us to bring to bear on any project in order to maximize the bottom line impact. We are focused on the total cost of ownership and protecting our clients’ cash flow. Our customers consistently experience a tested system of project administration, competitive pricing, timely implementation and follow up measurement and verification.


The ability to pull together the capital to complete energy improvement projects is very critical. Renegade works with multiple lenders with experience financing efficiency projects to structure terms that work for each client. Capital lease, operating lease, municipal bond and other methods are also available.

Renegade is also in tune with available government incentives. Our goal is to provide customers with access to multiple lenders and lease options in order to obtain the lowest cost funding solution that fits their project and business finances.

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

– Peter Drucker

Our Team

  • Project Management System Design Construction Management Energy Audits & Management Infrared Inspection Budgeting & Life Cycle Cost Analysis
    Renegade Energy is locally owned and operated by Chris Sewell.  His day job as energy manager for the City of Wichita keeps him busy overseeing nearly six million square feet of property that spans from office space to industrial pumps with thousands of utility accounts, yet by night and weekend he serves the local commercial business market.  He has 15 years of industry experience, including hands-on work, field supervision, data analysis, monitoring and creative problem solving.  For five years, he worked for Dynamic Control Systems as an HVAC controls installer of Automated Logic systems, commissioning, service and managed job sites with two to five direct reports.  Before starting Renegade Energy, Chris worked at Central Mechanical Wichita for nearly a decade as an energy manager, project assistant, estimator and AutoCAD designer.   While working full time, he finished his BBA in Business Administration with minors in finance and management at Wichita State University, received his Certified Energy Manager status a few months later and has now added Certified Building Commissioning Professional to the list.  Chris has experience in design, construction and energy across nearly every industry from both job site and office settings while working with every level of client.  His knowledge base is wide and deep with the ability to bridge the engineering and business mindsets into one coherent picture that forms the baseline for smart, value-focused, customer-centric solutions.

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit."

– Vince Lombardi

Recent Blog

19 Aug

There’s been a trend over recent decades, at first with large contractors, to offer energy efficiency infrastructure upgrades that pay for themselves through reduced utility bills. That’s excellent! But, it’s how the project cost is derived that […]

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23 Jul

I thought more people were going to call me crazy for starting a business, yet at nearly every occasion it’s “congrats!” or “it’s about time!” Renegade Energy was born to offer a breadth and depth of services […]

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111 S. Whittier, Wichita, KS / 67207


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