President & Chief Executive Officer
Tristan Grimbert leads EDF Renewable Energy, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, in 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 year was named CEO of both EDF EN Canada and EDF EN Mexico as he led the expansion into both countries from the San Diego corporate headquarters.
Under Mr. Grimbert's leadership, EDF EN North American operations have enjoyed significant growth, emerging as one of the most respected and successful renewable energy businesses in North America. Tristan has overseen a five-fold increase in revenue since 2004 and a doubling of employees in the past two years. He has led the expansion of new offices and offerings throughout the United States. 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 GW of wind and solar in development or operation.
In addition, since 2010, Mr. Grimbert has successfully led the expansion into Mexico through the EDF EN Mexico affiliate which now has nearly 400 MW of wind capacity in development or operation.
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, specializing in the development, manufacturing and sales of 3D scanners and 3D point clouds CAD processing software.
Chief Financial Officer
Jean Roche has been Chief Financial Officer of EDF Renewable Energy since October 2008. Mr. Roche has 11 years of substantial experience overseeing and making strategic cross-functional and operational decisions related to sales, production, supply chain, and legal affairs.
Mr. Roche holds a professional Doctorate level degree (Chartered Accountant) and a Master in Business Management, Finance and Accounting from the Ministry of Education in France, as well as a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Paris.
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, Business and Projects Advisor
Joe Fahrendorf is Executive Vice President of Business and Projects Advisor. He brings to EDF Renewable Energy a career devoted to energy utilization and power production, more than thirty years of it in the Independent Power Production (IPP) sector. He has developed, financed and constructed in excess of 3,000 MWs of IPP projects in the USA and Central America, using renewable and conventional fuel technology.
Prior to joining EDF Renewable Energy, Mr. Fahrendorf served as founder and CEO of LFC Power Systems, a first mover IPP PURPA Company in the 80's followed in the 90's as CEO of OESI, a public geothermal energy developer, operator and owner.
His early career experiences includes project engineering, project and construction management and business development in the electric utility, industrial and marine business segments worldwide.
Mr. Fahrendorf has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from Xavier University.
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, Tax
Ken Andrews holds a BS in Accounting from SDSU and a JD Law from USD School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. He joined EDF Renewable Energy in July 2009, and his prior experience includes extensive finance and tax work with PwC, Arthur Anderson & Co,. HNC Software, Peregrine Systems and HP Software.
In his role, while planning and directing all aspects of the company’s tax policies and objectives, Ken provides expertise and leadership for the tax-related activities of our operations in the US, Canada & Mexico. Since joining the Corporate Finance Group, Ken has been instrumental in EDF Renewable Energy meeting its reporting requirements on all tax issues. Under his direction the tax function has been able to capitalize on advising on the forefront of M&A Activity/DSSA Sales and tax optimization initiatives throughout EDF Renewable Energy's US, Canada and Mexico operations.
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, Information Technology
Lori Grubish has been with EDF Renewable Energy since May of 2011 and is the Vice President of Information Technology. In this role Ms. Grubish has leadership of EDF Renewable Energy’s IT department, responsible for the design, development, implementation and maintenance of all technical systems and infrastructure required to support EDF Renewable Energy’s business units in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Ms. Grubish brings to EDF Renewable Energy more than 24 years of experience in managing large teams in information technology, construction management and engineering services. Her most recent experience was in the role of Director of Engineering Services for Abbott Vascular a division of Abbott Laboratories. Prior to this role, Lori ran an Information Technology team of 80 IT professionals in 26 countries servicing Abbott Vascular’s Commercial Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, and Distribution/Logistics organizations.
Lori excels in the creation and delivery of value-added solutions, systems and services that directly, positively impact corporate ROIs. She also has proven capability in the development and execution of long-term Information Technology strategies. Lori’s global experience managing widely dispersed teams and customers in multiple countries, is a real asset to EDF Renewable Energy.
Ms. Grubish received her Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master’s of Science in Management of Technology from the University of Texas, San Antonio.
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, Market Development, Valuation & Transaction
John Marchand is Vice President of Market Development, Valuation & Transaction and has responsibility for negotiating PPAs, ASAs and other off take structures.
He has been involved in a number of innovative WECC energy structures including the first Grant Country Hydro purchase, the first long-term three way wind, firming and banking structure and the first CAISO financial load hedge.
John is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
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, 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, Development - East Region
Vice President, Development - West
Mark Tholke serves as EDF Renewable Energy's Vice President of Development - West Region.
In his role, Mark is responsible for identifying, evaluating, structuring and developing renewable energy projects throughout the West Region - California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Wyoming. He will direct site assessment, land acquisition, interconnection strategy, permitting, public outreach, customer relationships, regional policy analysis, initial financial feasibility analyses and engineering/design and project legal review. Mark has oversight over the origination of multiple projects either through internal origination or acquisition. In addition, Mark will direct the support of finance activities as they relate to late stage projects and financial closing.
Mark joined EDF Renewable Energy in November, 2006, as the Regional Project Development Manager; and was promoted to Director of the Southwest Region in August, 2008.
Prior to joining EDF Renewable Energy, Mark held positions with Eurus Energy, GE Wind Energy and Green Mountain Energy. Prior to his work in renewable energy, Mark worked at a research affiliate of the Heinz Foundation and the Nature Conservancy in Washington, DC.
Mark holds a joint MBA/MS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan and two Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science & Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.