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Frank DiCola

Executive Chairman and Partner, DCO Energy

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A recognized industry expert and pioneer with over 50 years of experience, Frank DiCola established DCO Energy in 2000 with 5 employees and a small office in Atlantic City.  DCO is now an industry leader, with projects valued over $1 billion. 

Frank personally has managed and/or developed well over $1 billion of energy projects, including award winning clean energy projects, some of the largest LFGE projects in the United States, and some of the most innovative projects in North America.  Frank is regularly called upon to lend his expertise in areas including but not limited to CHP, CHCP, LFGE Biogas, BioMass, District Energy, Deep Sea Cooling and energy economics. Frank formally served on the Board of Directors of Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation.

Prior to establishing DCO Energy, Frank was a senior executive with Atlantic Energy Inc., the parent company of Atlantic City Electric and Atlantic Energy Enterprises, Inc. and was involved in establishing and running Atlantic Energy Enterprises,  the non-regulated business unit of Atlantic Energy. Throughout his early career, Frank has held positions with Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation as Engineering Manager, Lead Engineer, and Project Manager for fossil, nuclear, and industrial work.  Initially, Frank started his professional career working at Cincinnati Gas and Electric serving as a Power Plant Engineer responsible for installation, operations and maintenance of one of the Country’s first gas turbine plants including the one of a kind Dick’s Creek 100 mw generating unit.  He later transferred to assist in the development of the William Zimmer Nuclear Plant and was assigned to participate in the startup of Georgia Power’s Hatch Nuclear unit.  He is the co-author of When Disaster Strikes, published in Power Magazine, January 2013. The article described how DCO responded to Hurricane Sandy and managed the impact, without incident, on the DCO Power Plants… No Loss of Service.

Civic Involvement

A former Big Brother, Frank DiCola is a long-time supporter of the United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as many other philanthropic organizations.


Frank received the United Way Founders Award in 2013.  He has been named a Smart CEO Future 50 winner, was a finalist for the NJ Biz CEO of the Year in 2012 and has received awards and commendations based on the environmental benefits his projects have produced.  In 2019, Frank was also recognized as Energy Icon by NJBiz.


Frank attended the University of Cincinnati where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) as well as an ASME Lifetime member. He is also member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

merican Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)