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Board of Directors
Tina Bennett (NECA President)
Tina provides leadership as President of the Board of The Northeast Energy Commerce Association, as a Board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and as a Board member of PowerOptions. Tina holds a master’s degree from Northeastern University and a B.S. in economics and finance from Bentley College.
Joe Dalton (NECA V.P. External Communications)
Government Affairs Director
In New England, ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC supplies LNG or liquefied natural gas as it has for more than 40 years through its Distrigas of Massachusetts subsidiary. The Distrigas LNG Import Terminal in Everett, MA is the longest-operating facility of its kind in the United States and in 2010, it was the first U.S. LNG facility to achieve the milestone of receiving 1,000 LNG cargoes. The facility connects directly into two primary interstate pipeline systems that serve New England, as well as a local gas utility’s distribution system. It serves nearly all of the gas utilities in New England and also key power producers, including a direct connection to a neighboring 1,550-megawatt power plant capable of generating enough electricity for about 1.5 million homes in Greater Boston. Today, we are building on our reputation for developing innovative, flexible solutions that meet a wide range of energy needs of a growing and diverse customer base.
Joe represents ENGIE in New England and Washington, DC. Prior to joining the company in 2007, Joe worked on the staff of then US Representative Edward J. Markey as District Director and Legislative Assistant in Massachusetts and Washington, DC from 1993-2007. He is a 1991 graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a BA in Government. Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy & Commerce Association and the New England Council, and Chairs the Business Advisory Council for the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) organization and is a Corporator at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.
Ellen Cool (NECA V.P. Policy)
Ellen G. Cool, Ph. D., is a Vice President and Principal at
Levitan & Associates, Inc., a Boston-based management consulting
firm. She advises private and public sector clients on competitive
procurement options for wholesale power supply, including project
financed HVDC transmission projects, natural gas-fired plants, renewable
generation projects, and cogeneration development. Dr. Cool is
responsible for the firm’s environmental advisory services, including
analysis of regulatory compliance strategies, emission allowance
markets, renewable portfolio standards, and siting and permitting
support for new generation, transmission, and natural gas infrastructure
Meredith Hiller (NECA V.P. Administration)
Eric J. Krathwohl (NECA Secretary)
Eric J. Krathwohl, a Managing Director of the firm of Rich May, PC, concentrates on energy, telecommunications and regulatory matters, including corporate and finance work for energy and telecommunication companies and customers and electric, gas and water utility companies. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut and has a law degree from Cornell Law School and is a member of the academic honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. For twenty-five years, Mr. Krathwohl has counseled clients on all aspects of energy law and has had an active practice before the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, having represented energy and telecommunications companies and customers and industry associations in numerous of adjudicatory and rulemaking proceedings. Also, his practice has included representation of clients in commercial transactions (including on-site energy and power plant development, permitting and financing and power purchase and sal es and transportation contracts) and regulatory proceedings before the state utility commissions throughout the northeastern United States . He has been active in matters relating to restructuring of the electric, gas and telecommunications industries, increasing competition in those industries. Mr. Krathwohl has represented clients in several matters before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and has often been a panelist with top industry and government officials at conferences on energy and telecommunications matters.
He served as the Chairman of the Boston Bar Association Energy and Telecommunications Committee from 1995 to 1998 and is a member of several other energy and bar associations. Mr. Krathwohl co-authored the portion of an administrative law treatise dealing with public utility regulation and has co-authored several articles concerning energy matters in energy trade journals.
Dale T. Raczynski, P.E. is a Principal with the environmental consulting firm, Epsilon Associates. He heads a group of seasoned chemical and mechanical engineers specializing in combustion processes, air emissions and controls and air permitting as well as project management for multi-disciplinary licensing and permitting of power and industrial facilities. He is currently in the midst of permitting two biomass power projects: the 38 MW Palmer Renewable Energy project in Springfield, MA and the 45 MW Pioneer Renewable Energy project in Greenfield, MA. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from WPI.
Complete Board ListingTanya Bodell
Tanya Bodell is the Executive Director of Energyzt, a global collaboration of energy experts who create value for our clients through actionable insights. In this role, she oversees Energyzt’s advisory services, levering leading analytical capabilities, industry experience and expertise to help clients unlock value through informed their business decisions. Using a multi-disciplined team of industry experts and integrated energy market models, Energyzt provides insights into the changing dynamics of electricity, natural gas, petrochemical, coal and rail industries to help companies create competitive advantage. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pietro (Pete) Catizone
Pete Catizone is a Principal Consulting Meteorologist and Atmospheric Modeling Market Director at TRC’s Planning Permitting and Licensing Practice, in Windsor, Connecticut. His responsibilities include managing and directing TRCs atmospheric modeling services and providing support to projects requiring air dispersion and meteorological modeling support. He has 38 years of professional consulting experience and his areas of expertise include numerical modeling analyses and application, compilation of emission inventories for large industrial sources, management of Title V operating permit and risk management programs, preparation of technical reports, implementation and supervision of field air quality monitoring programs, review and critique of tracer study programs, and managing projects involving a broad range of environmental disciplines. Mr. Catizone has assisted clients with major projects requiring Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits to construct for power generation and industrial projects. He has managed projects and permitting efforts for Combined Cycle Power plant projects in multiple states, Coal Fired Plants and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle proposed plants for major utilities and independent power producers. He has supported numerous clients in achieving and maintaining compliance with the chemical accident prevention program (40 CFR 68, RMP Rule) and provided offsite consequence analyses modeling. Mr. Catizone holds a B.S. in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego. He is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and a Qualified Environmental Professional. He has served on several professional organization boards, including chair of the Connecticut Chapter and New England Section of the A&WMA. He is past-Chair of the Atmospheric Modeling and Meteorology Committee of the A&WMA and a member of the American Meteorological Society.
Shaela McNulty Collins
Senior Counsel - NiSource Corporate Services Company
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
As in-house regulatory counsel, Shaela is responsible for representing Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a NiSource company, in a broad range of regulatory matters. Prior to joining NiSource, Shaela was in private practice where she advised clients on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public utility law. Her practice included representing electric, gas and water utilities in various regulatory matters before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and the Energy Efficiency Advisory Counsel. She was a hearing officer at the Department for over six years where she provided advice on complex legal, market and policy issues, including net metering and long-term contracts. Prior to her work at the Department, Shaela handled a variety of litigation and energy project development matters in private practice. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire state and federal courts. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
Bob Fraser currently serves on the NECA Board of Directors and is immediate past Co-Chair of the NECA Environmental Committee representing Environmental Resources Management inc. (ERM). Bob is a Partner in ERM’s Boston, MA office, helping to lead its Power Sector practice. Bob brings over 33 years of experience as a Senior Air Quality/Combustion Systems Engineer specializing in power generation (design, project development, permitting, and due diligence), combined heat and power, and air pollution control system design. He previously spent 23 years with AECOM Environment in Westford, MA as Senior Technical Director of Power Generation and Air Quality Engineering services focusing on pre- and post-combustion air pollution control systems. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Applied Management, and has authored over 30 published papers and national conference presentations on Clean Air Act Implementation issues.
Michelle Cadin Gardner is currently Director of Regulatory Affairs – Northeast for NextEra Energy Resources. She was previously Senior Counsel, Regulatory for Capital Power Corporation. In her present role, Michelle represents NextEra Energy in the NEPOOL Participant Process. Michelle is currently Co-Chair of the NECA Power Markets Committee and serves on the board of the Northeast Chapter of the Energy Bar Association. Previously, Michelle was a Counsel with Day Pitney LLP, serving the NEPOOL Participants Committee and other clients. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross.
Anne C. George joined ISO New
England Inc. as its Vice President for External Affairs and Corporate
Communications in November, 2008. In this role, she directs ISO New England's
outreach to and communications with public officials, stakeholders and the
media. ISO New England is the independent system operator for New
England. In addition to operating the bulk electricity system for the
region, ISO New England administers the wholesale electricity marketplace, as
well as the Open Access Transmission Tariff on behalf of the New England Power
Pool. ISO New England is based in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Ms. George received a Bachelor of
Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the
Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Bob Grace is President of Sustainable Energy Advantage, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in technical and policy analysis of renewable energy markets. In this role, he has provided analysis, strategy and implementation support to over 75 public, private and non-profit sector clients. Trained as an interdisciplinary analyst in energy and environment, he has accumulated a diverse experience base over 26 years in the electricity industry, the last 12 exclusively focusing on renewable energy. Bob is a frequent public speaker, committee participant, and author on topics shaping the renewable energy landscape. Bob is past co-chair of the Northeast Energy & Commerce Association (NECA) Renewable Energy/Distributed Generation Committee, and serves on NECA’s Board of Directors.
Previously, Bob founded and served as Director of ReGen, the green power division of AllEnergy Marketing Company, which launched the first renewable energy-based competitive retail offering in the eastern US. At New England Power Company, he served as a principal analyst in wholesale power supply planning, marketing and electric industry restructuring. His career started in energy-sector analysis, electric supply optimization and regulatory economics at LaCapra Associates. Bob holds a M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Energy Studies from Brown University.Kevin Hennessy
Director of State & Local Affairs for New England
Dominion Resources, Inc.
Kevin Hennessy is the Director of Regional Federal, State & Local Affairs – New England for Dominion Resources, Inc. He handles all manners of legislative and regulatory matters for Dominion. Hennessy is also responsible for overseeing the Dominion Foundation’s Community Investment Board for the Northeast. Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. Dominion practices environmental stewardship and contributes more than $20 million annually to the environment, education, arts and culture, and health and human services. Prior to joining Dominion, Hennessy was assistant counsel for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), the state’s largest business organization with over 10,000 members. There, Hennessy was the energy policy expert. He chairs Rhode Island’s Good Neighbor Energy Fund board and serves on the Connecticut Power & Energy Society and the Northeast Energy & Commerce Association’s (NECA) boards of directors. He also served on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board (CEAB), the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) boards of directors. He was also appointed to Governor-Elect Malloy’s Transition Team’s Energy Policy Working Group, Governor Rell’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, Speaker Donovan’s Electricity Rate Relief Working Group and the coordinating committee of ISO-NE’s Consumer Liaison Group. Hennessy has also worked at Connecticut and New York area law firms. He earned his J.D. degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., and a B.A. degree in political science from Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
He currently lives in West Hartford,
CT with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children.
Brian is the New England Sr. Operations Director for CLEAResult, the leading provider of energy efficiency programs and services. At CLEAResult, Brian is responsible for the overall back office operations and workflow as well as overseeing all IS and Finance projects for the region. Before joining CLEAResult, Brian was a Manager with The Structure Group, now part of Accenture, an energy technology solution consulting firm. At Structure, Brian was assigned projects at Hess Corporation, Capital Power and National Grid. Prior to that he served as the Director of Business Systems Analysis at International Power where he was responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of the company’s business process and technology systems. Brian’s 20 years of experience in the energy industry has included work in retail gas, power generation, transportation, renewables and energy efficiency.
Brian holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and lives in Ashland, MA with his wife and two sons.Shawn Konary
Director, Environmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Konary has over 20 years of experience in the electric power and steam cogeneration industry. He is the Director of Environmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs and is responsible for Environmental Policy matters at GenOn’s Northeast and Southeast business units, which includes electric and steam generating and cogeneration stations in Florida, Massachusetts Mississippi, and New York. Previously, Mr. Konary worked for Commonwealth Energy, Commonwealth Electric Company, Commonwealth Gas Company and Cambridge Electric Light Company (now NSTAR), overseeing environmental policy and environmental compliance initiatives and activities. His career experience includes facility permitting, agency interaction, permit negotiations, environmental advocacy group participation, and testifying and sponsoring exhibits for various regulatory or legislative proceedings relative to environmental issues for electric generation and power supply projects. Mr. Konary is active in the New England Power Generator Association, the Independent Power Producers of New York, and the Energy and Environmental Alliance of New York. Mr. Konary earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.
Sebastian Lombardi is an attorney in Day Pitney’s Energy and Utility Law department. His practice principally encompasses all aspects of transactional and regulatory matters associated with Federally regulated power and gas markets. Sebastian is a member of the team of lawyers serving as general counsel to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), a regional organization engaged in the wholesale markets for electrical power. In this capacity, he represents NEPOOL before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and regularly provides counsel on a wide range of matters related to the design and operation of the region's wholesale electric markets.
Paul McCary has practiced law in the energy and public utility areas since 1981. He co-chairs the Firm’s Energy Industry Group. Beginning with early PURPA projects and moving through industry restructuring, he negotiated power sales agreements and appeared in many regulatory proceedings before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority involving utility divestiture, standard service procurement, retail supply, electric submetering and distributed generation incentives. Paul is the author of several articles concerning cogeneration, including “Cogeneration in Connecticut” which appeared in the Connecticut Bar Journal. He co-authored a chapter of a book published by the American Bar Association on evaluating competitive electricity offers. He served on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Electric Industry Restructuring Task Force. He co-authored an article on microgrids which was published in the March 2013 edition of Public Utilities Fortnightly. Paul serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut Law School teaching Energy Regulation and Policy.
Senior VP for Energy and Clean Technology
ML Strategies, LLC
David O’Connor helps energy and technology companies expand their markets and accelerate their growth. He helps these companies navigate and shape emerging legislation, policies and regulations. His clients include companies that deliver energy efficiency services, develop wind, solar and biomass power plants, install transmission and smart grid technologies, and bring new low-carbon fuels and offsets to the marketplace. ML Strategies is a subsidiary of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Matthew J. Picardi
Matthew J. Picardi started his career with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation as a regulatory and commercial transactions attorney. In that capacity, he tried many cases before the New York State Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC’), including rate cases and proceedings determining appropriate payments to be made to independent power producers under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. In June of 1996, he was appointed General Counsel of Niagara Mohawk Energy, the natural gas and power marketing affiliate of Niagara Mohawk. Also, he was a co-founder and served as Chair of the National Energy Marketers Association. Mr. Picardi became Dynegy’s lead regulatory counsel for the Northeast United States in 2000. While in that position, he was extremely active in market design issues for electricity markets administered by the New York Independent System Operator ("NYISO”) and was a member of NYISO’s Management Committee and served as Chair of NYISO’s Installed Capacity Working Group.
In December of 2002, Mr. Picardi joined Shell Trading Gas and Power Company to lead its natural gas and power regulatory activity for the North Region. For Shell Trading, this covers corporate affiliates, such as Coral Energy Canada Inc. and Coral Power, L.L.C. that market and sell power in Canada and the regions covered by PJM Interconnection, Inc., NYISO, ISO-New England and Midwest ISO. He serves as the Vice Chair of NYISO’s Management Committee, and will become its Chairman as of December 2006, and on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator Board of Directors. Recently, Mr. Picardi was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association.
Mr. Picardi holds a B.A from Hobart College and J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He lives in the Albany, New York area with his wife and three children.
Tim Roughan is the Director of Energy and Environmental Policy for the National Grid companies which serve 6.8 million electric and gas customers in NE and NY. His prior positions include Director of Product Management, Business Services Vice President, and the Manager of Power Quality Services. He has been with the company or it’s predecessors for 29 years. In his role, Tim works in the regulatory arena to promote balanced approaches to distributed generation issues (e.g. net metering, integration of renewables with the transmission and distribution (T&D) system, interconnection issues, etc.), non-wires alternatives to standard T&D investments, and certainty and consistency of these policies throughout the Company’s service territory.
Dr. Schatzki is an expert in energy and environmental economics, regulation and policy. He supports clients in a range of contexts, including strategic and financial assessment of market decisions, regulatory and rulemaking proceedings, and litigation.
Adam is a member of Foley Hoag’s Energy and Cleantech practice group. As a renewable energy project finance attorney, he has broad experience in equity, debt and tax equity financing for developers, owners, investors, buyers and sellers of utility scale and distributed wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, natural gas and geothermal, power projects. He is a member of the State Bar of Massachusetts and the State Bar of California.
Melissa Whitten joined La Capra Associates (now Daymark Energy Advisors) in 2009 with more than 25 years of professional experience focused primarily in energy management and consulting. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for six years for a fast-growing natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest, holding the position of Director of Gas Supply, Transportation and Storage, which followed positions with a major electric utility and an independent power project development both headquartered in Boston, Mass. Her expertise includes contract management, procurement, supplier negotiations, portfolio optimization, project feasibility, merger & acquisition analysis, and utility regulatory policy. Prior to joining the energy sector, she worked as a consultant in the corporate finance sector, as well as in software development.
NECA Presidents Emeriti
Paul N. Belval
Paul Belval is a partner at Day Pitney LLP and chairs the firm’s Renewable Energy and Energy Project Development and Finance groups. Paul has represented developers, investors, equipment suppliers and power purchasers involved in a variety of renewable power and fossil fuel facilities, including the development, financing and restructuring of those facilities. Paul drafted the contracts and operating rules for the NEPOOL Generation Information System and has counseled the operators of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (MRETS) in the development of those systems. Paul has negotiated and documented power and renewable energy credit purchase contracts around the country and regularly helps clients with state renewable portfolio standards and with a variety of state and federal incentive programs related to renewable power. Paul is the Assistant Secretary of the NEPOOL Participants Committee and assists NEPOOL with the financial aspects of its operations.
Peter W. Brown
Mr. Brown has represented developers and lending institutions in numerous large energy project financings, related contractual and business matters and administrative proceedings throughout the country. The firm currently participates in the development of wholesale power markets operated by ISO-NE, NYISO, PJM and the Midwest ISO through market committee and FERC proceedings. In the past, Mr. Brown has served as Director of the Energy Law Institute, Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission and First Deputy Attorney General for the State of Pennsylvania. Mr. Brown graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College with an A.B. and received his L.L.B. from Columbia Law School.
Sandi is also very engaged in civic activities, recently serving as President of the Prescott Park Arts Festival Board of Directors, chairing the Families First Event Committee and being appointed to the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable Practices in her town of Portsmouth, NH. She was recognized in 2007 as one of the Forty under 40 Leaders in New Hampshire. Sandi holds a B.A. in Political Communication from the George Washington University and a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School. Sandi lives with her husband Steve Marchand, two young daughters and assortment of Corgis, guinea pigs, fish and turtles in Portsmouth, NH.
Mark Kalpin is a partner in the Environmental Department, and is the Co-chair of the Energy Group, of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mark advises manufacturing and energy industry clients on project development activities; environmental permitting and compliance requirements; the remediation of contaminated properties; the negotiation of energy supply agreements, facility operating agreement, and facility construction contracts; and the defense of environmental enforcement actions. He has successfully represented clients in federal and state environmental enforcement actions, administrative appeals and permitting proceedings arising under the Clean Water Act, RCRA and NEPA. He also represents energy industry clients in administrative proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions. Mark currently represents clients proposing to construct and operate energy projects in the New England region – including the first proposed offshore wind project in the US, proposed on-shore and deepwater liquefied natural gas marine import terminals, and a proposed regional water desalination projects – on strategic permitting and policy issues. Before joining WilmerHale, Mark was a senior environmental project manager with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mark currently is the Chairman of The New England Council’s Energy and Environment Committee, and the Chair of the ABA’s Energy Facilities and Siting Committee.John Malloy
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Greenwood Energy LLC
C. John Meeske
C. John Meeske is President of Energy Market Decisions, Inc., a company he founded in 1992. He has broad experience in market and business development including the start-up, turn around, and profit and loss "bottom line" management of businesses. He has over thirty years of extensive "hands on" experience contracting natural gas, LNG, natural gas transportation and storage services. Mr. Meeske specializes in market development, market requirements, fuel supply planning, and development of new power plant, pipeline, storage, and LNG projects. Previously, Mr. Meeske was employed by Cabot Corporation for thirteen years where, in various executive positions, he managed the marketing, supply, and transportation functions for many of its various subsidiary companies, including Distrigas of Massachusetts Corporation. In addition, Mr. Meeske was Director, Business Development for Texas Eastern, Director, Market Planning for Michigan Consolidated Gas, and Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Meeske is President Emeritus, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA), and past chairman of NECA's Natural Gas Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES). In addition, he maintains memberships in the Northeast Gas Association, the Environmental Business Council, NFPA, the New England Chapter of IAEE, NECBC, and NESA. His educational background includes a BA (economics) from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Detroit, and completion of Ph.D. course work in logistics/physical distribution systems at Michigan State University.
Scott Mueller provides advice and representation to a wide variety of clients in regards to energy transactions, proceedings and litigation. He represents energy companies and other stakeholders on transactional, regulatory and rate matters before the state utility commissions, federal agencies and appellate courts. Scott advises natural gas-distribution companies, electric utilities, energy suppliers and aggregators, financial institutions, investors, energy marketers, interstate pipelines, municipalities and large consumers of energy on a variety of matters including the state regulation of utilities and energy supplies, competition in regulated markets, renewable energy incentives, the purchase and sale of gas and electricity, the financing and development of energy projects, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to founding SJM Law, Scott spent over 25 years at a major global law firm and has been recognized as a leading advisor to the electric and natural gas industries. He is a frequent lecturer on energy topics and co-author of the U.S. chapter of the International Comparative Guide to Gas Regulation. Scott has served as a director, officer and president of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and is currently co-chair of the NECA Fuels Committee. Scott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.Fred Sellars
Fred Sellars is a Vice President in Tetra Tech’s national energy practice with more than 35 years of environmental consulting experience specializing in siting, environmental permitting, compliance management, and transactional due diligence assessments for a wide range of energy facilities. Mr. Sellars' experience includes extensive involvement with environmental regulations and permitting strategies, multimedia environmental impact analysis, preparation of environmental impact statements, and environmental risk profiling. He has provided expert witness testimony on energy facility environmental issues in eight states. Mr. Sellars has directed numerous siting studies, permitting feasibility analyses and comprehensive environmental licensing efforts for electric generating facilities, waste-to-energy facilities, electric and natural gas transmission lines, and liquefied natural gas terminals, nationwide. He has directed the successful permitting of over 25,000 megawatts of new power generation projects and participated in transactional due diligence reviews in support of acquisition or divestiture of well over 100 power plants. Mr. Sellars has experience with a wide variety of power generation technologies including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric facilities. He has considerable experience with a range of environmental risk profiling techniques and is a frequently invited speaker on environmental permitting and due diligence topics. Mr. Sellars served as President of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association from 2006-2007.
William C. "Jack" Sheehan
William C. "Jack" Sheehan, is President, Managing Director of Financial Management Group, a private investment banking, finance, and development advisory firm; He has worked as an investment banker and financial executive for over 25 years, also served as a project developer, treasurer, chief financial officer, and investment banker. Through representation of clients and with NECA he has been a key participant in the deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility market in multiple Northeastern states, including the NEPOOL Congestion Management System Committee, Regional Transmission Planning Committee, Advisory Board Commonwealth of Massachusetts DOER Renewables Portfolio Standards Advisory Board, Massachusetts Renewables Collaborative for Deregulation Legislation, Negotiation of Settlement Agreements with New England Electric Companies, Eastern Utilities Associates and Boston Edison Company, and provided advise on configuration or finance of 3,750 Mw merchant facilities. His firm currently advises on market intelligence for status of Merchant Plants in Development in 12 States including the areas of New England, New York and PJM. He has been involved throughout the US in the financial restructuring of major electric utilities, domestic and international debt and equity financings, joint venture arrangements, purchases and sales of electric generation properties, valuation of viable and troubled projects and portfolios and merchant generation facilities. He has had roles in the siting and the permitting processes of combined-cycle and peaking generation, waste-to-energy, negotiation of 3rd party operating agreements, power purchase contracts, and business partnership arrangements. He has served as advisor and expert witness for electric generators, developers, investment funds, and banks for project related litigation, troubled project, and bankruptcy financial issues. Mr. Sheehan serves on the Board of Directors of Atlantic Orient Corporation, a wind turbine manufacturing company, and on the Board of Directors and President of Emeritus of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association - a 300 member, 80 corporation energy and environmental association of developers, T&D utilities, energy marketers, end-user, consultant, and generation firms. Mr. Sheehan graduated from the California State University system with a minor in biological science, and holds a B. A. in Management and a Masters of Business Administration.
Christopher Sherman is currently Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at NextEra Energy Resources. Mr. Sherman previously worked for Mirant and Energy Management, Inc., in all phases of project development and management, including land acquisition; permitting; contracts management; the trading and scheduling of natural gas, fuel oil, and electricity; and community relations. During the restructuring of the electricity markets, Mr. Sherman was involved in the shaping of regional energy policy; he frequently testifies in front of legislative and regulatory bodies on various issues pertaining to the competitive energy markets. Mr. Sherman’s project development efforts involved numerous natural gas facilities, peaking generators, and both large scale and distributed renewable energy installations.
Mr. Sherman has a bachelor’s of science in business administration from the University of Central Florida and a Juris Doctorate from the Southern New England School of Law, and he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.