President & Chief Executive Officer
Tristan Grimbert leads EDF Energies Nouvelles’ renewable energy operations in North America which includes EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Renewable Services, EDF EN Canada, and EDF EN Mexico. The Companies are dedicated in their efforts to create a sustainable energy economy through the development, generation, operations and maintenance of large-scale renewable energy projects across North America.
His tenure began in 2004 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2008 and later that same year was named CEO of both EDF EN Canada and EDF EN Mexico, as he led the expansion into both countries from the North American headquarters in San Diego, California.
Under Mr. Grimbert’s leadership, North American operations have experienced significant growth, emerging as one of the most respected and successful renewable energy companies in the industry with 2.2 gigawatts of installed capacity and 7 gigawatts under service contracts. He has overseen a five-fold increase in revenues since 2004, and has led the addition of new offices and offerings throughout North America.
In 2007, the company launched development of solar PV in Ontario, including the establishment of the EDF EN Canada affiliate. Today, EDF EN Canada boasts over 1 gigawatt of wind and solar in development or operation. In addition, since 2010, he has successfully led the advancement of development activities in Mexico through the EDF EN Mexico affiliate which now has nearly 400 megawatts of wind capacity in development or operation.
Mr. Grimbert is a board member of EDF Inc., the holding company encompassing all other EDF entitities in North America, including CENG (49% stake), Unistar Corporation and EDF Trading North America. He serves on the Board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Board of Directors for BrightSource Energy, Inc.
Mr. Grimbert's career began in sales and international consultancy. He is a graduate of Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon and holds a management degree from Insead. He spent seven years prior to EDF Renewable Energy as President and CEO of Mensi SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF, and later with Trimble Navigation Limited.
Executive Vice President, Operations and Maintenance
Larry Barr serves as Executive Vice President, Operations and Maintenance and leads the Service Division, EDF Renewable Services, which provides O&M services for over 6,000 MW across North America.
Larry brings more than 27 years of wind power plant O&M experience to the project team, which is essential in turbine selection considerations and overall facility operations and maintenance planning, from both the technical and financial perspectives.
Larry has a degree in Business Administration as well as California State Contractor's License certifications for both General Engineering and General Construction.
Executive Vice President, Legal/General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Robert F. Miller serves as Executive Vice President, Legal/General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of EDF Renewable Energy. Mr. Miller brings over 24 years of legal experience with a special emphasis in construction and project finance for energy projects. His legal experience includes work on global projects ranging from 200 MW to 1200 MW.
Prior to joining EDF Renewable Energy, Mr. Miller served as Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of NextLight Renewable Power, LLC. During his tenure the company secured 570 MW under PPAs and over 3,487 MW in early development. He guided the company's legal efforts to establish site control of numerous project sites throughout the Southwest including, the first long-term lease for a solar project with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the first large-scale solar energy project on U.S. public lands in Nevada.
Mr. Miller also served as Vice President & General Counsel to Altra Biofuels, Inc., and earlier served as Associate General Counsel to the Engineering & Construction Group and Global Procurement for the Union Oil Company of California (Unocal), prior to its acquisition by Chevron.
Mr. Miller, a member of the California, Virginia, and the District of Columbia Bars, earned a B.A. from Claremont Men's College, a M.S. from the University of Southern California, and holds a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was a recipient of the National Contract Management Scholarship.
Executive Vice President, Development
Ryan Pfaff serves as EDF Renewable Energy's Executive Vice President, Development. In this position he provides strategic leadership to EDF Renewable Energy's wind and solar business units as well as directs the valuation, transaction, and construction for all new projects.
Mr. Pfaff brings 15 years of international renewable energy experience to EDF Renewable Energy. He joins the company from The AES Corporation, where he was Vice President and Head of Global Wind Development with responsibility for global wind business development, project finance, and construction. As a member of AES Wind Generation's executive leadership team, he played a key role in defining and executing the company's wind energy business strategy, and in growing the business from an initial base of 102 megawatts in the US, to over 1,700 megawatts in operation or construction across six countries.
Mr. Pfaff holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from San Diego State University.
Vice President, Information Technology
Mr. Beier comes to EDF Renewable Energy with over 25 years of domestic and international executive Information Technology experience. His background includes 11 years with Sempra Global where he designed and implemented the overall IT strategy while supporting the growth of the business unit from inception to three individual operating units, 4,000 employees and $5 billion in revenue.
Prior to joining Sempra Global, he was Vice President and CIO of Ocean Energy, Inc., where he directed the company-wide IT function including financial, international, engineering, administration, marketing and field support for this major independent energy company. Mr. Beier was also Director of Computer Services and Infrastructure for El Paso Energy Corporation in Houston, where he directed the IT department, leading 140 employees who supported domestic and international operations.
Mr. Beier holds a B.S. in electrical engineering educational equivalent from Kiel University in Rendsburg, Germany, as well as course work in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Texas in El Paso.
Vice President, Human Resources
Lisa Carp serves as EDF Renewable Energy's Vice President of Human Resources and has overall responsibility for EDF Renewable Energy's employment practices, employee benefits, workers compensation & safety, training, policies and procedures, and compensation.
Mrs. Carp has been in the wind energy industry since 1998. Mrs. Carp is on the Board of Directors for the Independent Power Human Resources Association.
Mrs. Carp has a Bachelors Degree from Cal Poly - Pomona and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Additionally, she is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Society of Human Resource Management.
Vice President, Technical Services & Implementation
Jeff Ghilardi serves as EDF Renewable Energy's Vice President of Technical Services & Implementation where he is accountable for program management, equipment procurement, acquisitions of renewable energy projects, and the integration of the regional development personnel, resource assessment, engineering and construction, and power marketing.
Active in the wind energy industry for 22 years, he brings both domestic and international experience in nearly all aspects of wind energy development, finance, construction, engineering and operations. In addition to his extensive experience in the wind industry, he has experience with a wide range of generation technologies including solar, combustion gas turbines, steam turbines, hydroelectric, IGCC and nuclear technologies.
Mr. Ghilardi holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
VICE PRESIDENT, GENERATION
Richard Jigarjian joined EDF Renewable Energy in 2010 as Vice President, Generation where he is responsible for managing EDF Renewable Energy's wind and solar assets in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
In his role, Rich manages EDF Renewable Energy's approximately 1145 MW in Wind and Solar projects as well as EDF Renewable Energy's relationships with its debt and equity partners.
Prior to his role at EDF Renewable Energy, Rich previously worked for Iberdrola Renewables and PPM Energy where he managed their tax equity assets and was the Managing Director of Thermal Assets. Over the years Rich was a Vice President of Finance at Azurix Corporation, Managing Director at Koch Industries, Director at Ahlstrom Pyropower, and Vice President of Project Finance at Security Pacific Bank where his renewable energy roots took hold in the 1980's.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
Vice President, Business Development, Valuations & Transactions
John Marchand is Vice President of Business Development, Valuations & Transactions. In this position, he is responsible for the negotiation of offtake related transaction structures including Power Purchase Agreements, Develop, Build and Sell agreements, Hedge Agreements and other end user related transactions, as well as significant involvement in EDF Renewable Energy’s Strategic Acquisition program. In addition, he is responsible to lead the Company’s efforts in the Commercial and Industrial sector, identifying opportunities and developing product offering to provide renewable energy solutions to large commercial clients.
Mr. Marchand joined EDF Renewable Energy in 2008, bringing 16 years of experience primarily in structured origination of complex transactions in the wholesale electricity industry. He was instrumental to a number of innovative Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) energy structures including the first Grant County Hydro purchase and the first long-term three-way wind, firming, and banking structure.
During his tenure with EDF RE, his team has successfully negotiated offtake agreements leading to the completion of more than a 1,000 megawatts of wind, solar, biomass and biogas projects. The Valuations and Transactions team also oversees complex modeling and valuation, transmission and curtailment/congestion analysis, business development and fundamental analysis.
John is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City.
Vice President, Construction
Patrick McAllister serves as EDF Renewable Energy's Vice President of Construction. Mr. McAllister brings EDF Renewable Energy twenty years of experience in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) industry.
Mr. McAllister has a Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy.
Vice President, Operations & Maintenance - North America
Tad Miller is the Vice President of Operations & Maintenance - North America, and is responsible for all O&M activities throughout North America. Tad’s current responsibilities include the implementation and supervision of internal controls, oversight of the management, operation, maintenance, service, and repair of wind turbines and wind turbine components at EDF Renewable Services-owned wind project sites as well as third-party sites. In addition he oversees the management of the Operations Control Center.
Tad has been with EDF Renewable Services for 23 years. During this time he has held several positions within the company most recently as Director, Operations & Maintenance, U.S.
Tad has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Operations & Maintenance business and has been recognized as a leader in O&M throughout his career. In 2006 he was presented with the Outstanding Achievement in Operations Award from the American Wind Energy Association.
Vice President, Resource Assessment Group
Vice President, Development - Central Region
Kate O'Hair leads the Central Region Development office where she creates and implements the comprehensive development strategy for EDF Renewable Energy in the Central Region, working collaboratively with other teams within the company.
Since joining EDF Renewable Energy in 2004, Kate has played a key role in the development and construction of nearly 2 GW of wind projects. Under her leadership, the Central Region has 750 MW of projects to be completed by the end of 2015.
Vice President, Project Finance
Mr. Peters manages all aspects of EDF Renewable Energy's project financing initiatives, bringing a breadth of analytical and structuring experience. Jim expands and manages EDF Renewable Energy's relationships within the capital markets, and is closely involved in the financial aspects of EDF Renewable Energy projects all along the development stages.
Jim earned his Electrical Engineering Undergraduate and MBA degrees from Cornell University and resides in Vermont with his wife and children.
Vice President, Origination - East
Jim Schretter serves as a Vice President, Origination-East Region for EDF Renewable Development, Inc. For the eastern US, he leads a team responsible for identifying, structuring and developing renewable projects which include: onshore and offshore wind, biogas and biomass, and solar projects. Typically, the greenfield and acquisition activities of the East development team includes over 800 MWs in some form of development or investigation.
With 25 years of industry experience, Jim has co-founded a renewable asset company which was acquired by EDF Renewable Energy in 2010 and previously served as an energy marketing advisor in approximately 12,000 MWs of power projects and $4 billion of project financings. Jim has been VP Business Development for a $C9B energy asset company and president of a 21 person energy asset project implementation company he founded and self-funded.
He has a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Dr. Walker is Vice Chairman of the Board of EDF Renewable Energy. He served as CEO from October 2002 until March 2005 and was subsequently responsible for management of the company's portfolio of over $1 billion of operating wind projects. EDF Renewable Energy is a leading developer, owner and operator of wind projects and is wholly owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles.
Dr. Walker has over 30 years experience in energy in public and private entities, including MCR Geothermal and Edison Mission Energy. He pioneered wind project development in Greece, Turkey and Mexico. After serving in the Office of Management and Budget in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, he spent 8 years at the California Energy Commission in the Jerry Brown administrations, serving as Executive Director, Commissioner and Vice Chairman.
Dr. Walker has been on the Board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) since May, 2005 and is Past President of AWEA. He was named "Industry Person of the Year" at AWEA's national convention in June 2007. He has a BA in Physics from Princeton University and a Doctorate from Harvard Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Luis Silva is Chief Financial Officer for EDF Renewable Energy joining the company in late 2013. In this position he is responsible to develop and implement the financial strategy for EDF Renewable Energy, EDF EN Canada and EDF EN Mexico, as well as oversee the day-to-day operations of the corporate finance teams throughout North America. He advises and evaluates the financial plans and economic modeling for the divisional leaders and has oversight to all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization, in conjunction with the EDF Energies Nouvelles’ (EDF EN) corporate finance department.
Mr. Silva brings nine years of experience working within the EDF EN group, most recently as CFO of Polat Enerji – EDF EN’s Turkish subsidiary. In this role, he managed all the financial activity of the company while representing EDF EN’s interest and participation in Turkey. He was further responsible for all financial matters of the company, and its portfolio of project companies. During his five year tenure with Polat Enerji, he provided direction to all areas of the financial group including accounting, treasury, financial controllership, and insurance to ensure the effective processes and procedures. In addition, he implemented a significant portfolio of project finance operations that supported the construction of approximately 500 MW of wind energy projects.
Mr. Silva served EDF EN Portugal as Financial Controller from 2005 to 2009 having taken the position of Assistant CFO in 2008. There he oversaw and managed the financial, budgeting and general accounting processes of the Portuguese portfolio.
Prior to joining EDF EN, Mr. Silva worked as a financial auditor in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services group with Ernst&Young in Lisbon, Portugal.
Mr. Silva holds an Economics Degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a post-graduate degree in Financial Instruments, Institutions and Markets from Euronext Lisbon.
Chief Operating Officer, EDF EN Canada
Al Kurzenhauser leads EDF EN Canada – a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, in the development efforts across Canada. He began his tenure at EDF EN Canada in 2008, charged with the task to build a renewable energy business in Canada for the North American group. In 2010, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership EDF EN Canada has grown to be an influential player in the country with over 1.3 GW of wind and solar projects in four provinces either in construction or operations along with numerous development assets. The company has offices in Toronto and Montreal with nearly 100 employees.
Prior to joining EDF EN Canada, Mr. Kurzenhauser worked in various roles as a start up engineer and plant manager with all power technologies, including wind, gas turbine, geothermal, and wood waste. In 1996, Mr.Kurzenhauser was a founding partner for Primary Power, which grew to develop, own and operate seven biomass-to-energy projects and several wind energy projects in both the US and Canada.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Professional Engineer’s license in several jurisdictions.
Vice President & General Manager, EDF EN Mexico
Gerardo Pérez Guerra joined EDF EN México in November 2014 as Vice President & General Manager, reporting to Tristan Grimbert, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Gerardo’s over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector includes 23 years with Siemens México. For Siemens he held the role of Business Director for the Mesoamerican Energy Market for 13 years. In that role, Gerardo was responsible for sales strategy, negotiation and profit of sales for five divisions and a sales volume of 1.5 Billion USD annually.
During this past year, as Acciona’s Director of Windpower for México and Central America, Gerardo is proud to have led the charge to the signing of a nearly 300MW project in North México and closing an agreement with Actis for the design, engineering and construction of a 50MW wind project in Oaxaca.
Gerardo’s overall wind business development expertise and proficiency in relationship management with industrial sector companies, EPC's, fund investment companies, off takers, developers and government entities, is sure to lead to success as he assumes responsibility for the overall operation and development of EDF EN México’s renewable energy project portfolio and daily operation of the organization.