Cape Wind's developer is Energy Management Inc. (EMI) a New England based energy company with 28 years of experience in energy conservation and energy development. ESS Group, Inc. of Waltham, Massachusetts, has been the environmental science specialist for the project.
In 1975, Energy Management, Inc. (EMI) began developing energy conservation and pollution control projects for institutional and industrial facilities. In 1985, the company transitioned to developing independent power projects. The company has successfully developed six natural gas fired electric generation projects. Over the past twenty-eight years EMI earned a reputation of completing environmentally superior facilities with ultra-high plant availability. In 1999, EMI began to focus on developing renewable energy projects, specifically wind power projects.
Jim Gordon, President
In 1975, Jim started EMI and over the ensuing years would build EMI into one of the most successful privately held independent power companies in America. He recruited and managed a team of dedicated and highly motivated professionals that were able to complete the myriad and complex tasks of creating state of the art power projects. Jimís sense of timing and grasp of political and regulatory directions allowed EMI to develop some of New Englandís first gas fired cogeneration and independent power projects as well as the first generation of merchant electric plants in the United States. Jim is a graduate of Boston Universityís School of Public Communications and worked for Warner Communications Corporation prior to founding EMI.
Christopher Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Smith has 10 years of energy and commodity finance experience. Prior to EMI, Mr. Smith was a Director with Merrill Lynch in the Illiquid Credit group of Global Principal Investments investing the firmís capital in energy and transportation projects. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Smith was with Constellation Energy, one of the largest wholesale commodities trading firms in the world, where he led the Capital Markets team managing investments in power, freight and coal projects and structured commodity transactions internationally. Mr. Smith manages the financing of all EMI projects including Cape Wind. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Dennis J. Duffy, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Duffy has more than twenty-five years of experience as an energy attorney in New England. He has represented a wide array of energy clients, including interstate gas pipeline companies, electric distribution companies, gas distribution companies, water utilities and telecommunications companies. He has also served as special counsel to the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board. He was formerly a partner of the law firm of Partridge, Snow & Hahn and the Chair of the firmís Public Utility Practice Group. For the past eight years, Mr. Duffy has served as Chair of the Generator Information System Working Group of the New England Power Pool, which oversees the mechanisms for issuing and tracking tradable certificates reflecting the attributes of all energy consumed within the New England control area. Mr. Duffyís work with EMI began in 1988 as outside counsel representing EMI interests in the Dartmouth, Pepperell, Pawtucket, Tiverton, Rumford, and Dighton power projects including development, permitting, financing and litigation matters. He joined the EMI team in 1999 as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and has worked on the Cape Wind project since its inception. Mr. Duffy manages regulatory and legislative affairs, legal strategy and industry trade group relations for the Cape Wind project. Mr. Duffy is also an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School, where he is currently teaching a course on energy law. Mr. Duffy is a graduate of Columbia University Law School.
Craig Olmsted, Vice President of Projects
Mr. Olmsted is a registered Professional Engineer holding advanced degrees in Management and Structural Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University. He has thirty years of experience in all aspects of the power industry and is responsible for project development from conception through commercial operation. Responsibilities range from oversight of site selection, fatal flaw analysis, financial modeling, environmental permitting, liaison with lenders, design and construction contracting through production engineering, procurement, construction and start up.
Mitchell H. Jacobs, General Counsel
Mitchell Jacobs has been treasurer and general counsel of EMI since 1981. Mr. Jacobs has helped EMI resolve the unique legal challenges presented as the independent power industry evolved from early qualifying facilities to independent power facilities and merchant facilities. Prior to joining EMI, Mr. Jacobs was employed by Coopers & Lybrand and Hale and Dorr. Mr. Jacobs practiced law privately from 1980 to 1990, concentrating in taxation and real estate development. Mr. Jacobs graduated from Harvard College and Cornell University Law School and has a masterís degree in taxation from Boston University Law School.
Ari Mervis, Commercial Director
Mr. Mervis oversees the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for the Cape Wind Project. He has principal responsibility for contract strategy and preparation of project documents. Ari has worked on the Cape Wind project since January 2003. Mr. Mervis is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Law School. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Massachusetts.
Josh Levine, Vice President of Project Development
Mr. Levine has nearly 15 years of experience in environmental permitting, economic analysis, project finance and energy project development. He acted as Vice President of Project Development for American Renewables where he managed all facets of project development. Previously he worked for Tamarack Energy, where he developed and managed financial pro forma models used to evaluate renewable energy development opportunities, and for Haley & Aldrich, where he helped manage the environmental permitting process for large energy infrastructure projects. Mr. Levine received his B.S. in economics from Connecticut College, his M.B.A. from the Yale University - School of Management and his M.E.M. in policy, economics and law from the Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Mark Rodgers, Communications Director
Mr. Rodgers is Cape Windís media spokesperson and he writes Cape Wind's press releases. Mr. Rodgers develops Cape Windís communications content for the project website and social media and he has authored several project articles for scientific journals and magazines. Mr. Rodgers oversees Cape Wind's public relations and he has delivered over 300 project presentations to a variety of stakeholder groups over the past 11 years. Mr. Rodgers is also responsible for managing Cape Windís relationships with environmental, labor, health, and trade stakeholders. Previously, Mr. Rodgers was a Founder and Director of HealthLink which initiated successful citizen action campaigns to reduce pollution. He received a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University.
Jack Arruda, Project Manager, Technical
Mr. Arruda worked for EMI in plant operations and maintenance from 1991 to 2000 and was involved in construction, and start-up of EMI's Dartmouth and Dighton facilities. He has twenty years of combined cycle power generation experience. Most recently, Mr. Arruda worked for GE Energy as the Facility Manager of Tiverton Power, an EMI developed 270MW combined cycle generation facility located in Tiverton, RI. He re-joined EMI in 2008 as a Project Manager in development of gas turbine projects and led the technical development and was a member of the commercial negotiating team for the Power Island Supply Agreement, EPC contract and Long Term Service Agreement for the Pioneer Valley Energy Center, a 400 MW combined cycle project in Westfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Arruda manages technical aspects of the Cape Wind project including the interconnection agreement, port facility matters and is part of the team negotiating Cape Windís equipment supply, construction and maintenance contracts. Prior to working in the power generation field Mr. Arruda worked as a Merchant Mariner. Mr. Arruda holds a degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Rachel Pachter, Project Manager, Permitting and Environmental
Ms. Pachter is the manager for environmental and permitting issues on the Cape Wind Project. Her primary duties include managing the complex permitting process, managing environmental programs such as avian research and geologic investigations and working with regulatory agencies. Ms. Pachter represents these interests in all aspects of project development, including equipment procurement, regulatory affairs, and vendor relations. In addition, Ms. Pachter manages the business development of additional EMI offshore wind projects. She began working on the Cape Wind Project in January 2002 in the public relations department and has broad expertise in the development of offshore wind projects. Ms. Pachter has a BS in geology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Boone Davis, Project Administrator
Mr. Davis joined EMI in 2011. He has been working on the Cape Wind project management team since early 2012, assisting with construction contract development, interface management, risk mitigation, organization and financing due diligence. Boone has a degree in Engineering Science and Engineering Management from Vanderbilt University and a background in commercial construction management.
Hannah Wood, Project Coordinator
Ms. Wood joined Cape Wind in 2013. Previously, she worked for wpd offshore GmbH in in Bremen, Germany. She did project coordination and risk management on the Butendiek project (North Sea) as well as U.S. market and analysis. Previously, she served as the Business Development Manager for the US Offshore Wind Development Coalition. From 2007 - 2012, she served as a Project Manager for SRA International/Sentech Inc., a clean energy consulting firm. Her clients were the U.S. Department of Energy and the Maryland Energy Administration. Ms. Wood holds a M.A. in Communication from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from St. Mary's College. Her master thesis studied attitudes towards offshore wind off the Virginia Beach.
Cheryl Greenwald, Office Manager
Ms. Greenwald joined Energy Management in 2012. She oversees office operations and procedures to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency, in addition to participating in special projects. With a combined seven years of experience as an editor and a project manager, Cheryl has turned her career focus towards her passion: sustainability. Along with joining the Energy Management team, Cheryl is simultaneously earning a Masterís degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School.