Grid-Scale Power

Leadership

Cliff Graham

Vice President, US Development

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Cliff Graham joined EDF Renewables in 2015 as the Vice President of the West Region and has since been promoted to Vice President of US Development.

Cliff Graham joined EDF Renewables in 2015 as the Vice President of the West Region and has since been promoted to Vice President of US Development.

In this role, Cliff is responsible for leading the company’s development efforts across all technologies including solar, wind, storage, and hydro.

Cliff is an accomplished business professional with 10 years of experience in the energy market where he brings substantial expertise in the areas of business planning, project management, competitor modeling, and in leading complex transactions. Cliff served as Major, Chief Pilot in the United States Air Force.

Cliff holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and an MBA from Touro University.

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John Marchand

Vice President, Valuations & Transactions (VAT)

John Marchand is Vice President, Valuations & Transactions (VAT). VAT is comprised of four principal groups: Power Marketing, Valuation and Analytics, Transmission Services and Risk Management.

John Marchand is Vice President, Valuations & Transactions (VAT). VAT is comprised of four principal groups: Power Marketing, Valuation and Analytics, Transmission Services and Risk Management.

Power Marketing covers the negotiation of all offtake related transaction structures including Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), Develop, Build and Sell agreements (DBS), Hedge Agreements, Virtual PPAs, Term REC transactions, and all other user related transactions including Capacity bidding and Basis hedging. The group also has significant involvement in EDF Renewables Strategic Acquisition program.

Valuation and Analytics runs the company’s financial modeling and structuring while Transmission Services facilitates PROMOD and provides transmission analysis and transmission related RTO commentary.

Risk Management handles forecasting and evaluation to avoid or minimize the impact of financial risk in potential energy projects.

John joined EDF Renewables in 2008, and brings 20 years of experience primarily in structured origination of complex transactions in the unregulated wholesale electricity market. He was instrumental in 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 Renewables, the VAT team led by John, has successfully negotiated offtake agreements leading to the completion of thousands of megawatts of wind and solar projects across the United States.

John is a graduate of Trinity College and holds his MBA from Columbia University.

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Ryan Pfaff

Executive Vice President, Grid-Scale Power

Ryan Pfaff leads EDF Renewables Grid-Scale Power activities in North America, across multiple technologies, including solar, wind, and energy storage. With over 20 years of international renewable energy and finance experience, he has played a key role in the commercialization of over 5 GW of renewable generation facilities globally.

Ryan Pfaff leads EDF Renewables Grid-Scale Power activities in North America, across multiple technologies, including solar, wind, and energy storage. With over 20 years of international renewable energy and finance experience, he has played a key role in the commercialization of over 5 GW of renewable generation facilities globally.

Prior to joining EDF Renewables in 2012, Mr. Pfaff served in a variety of roles with the AES Corporation over the course of seven years, most recently VP & Head of Global Wind Development. In this capacity, he played a key role in growing AES’ wind business from 102 MW in the US to over 1.7 GW in construction or operation across six countries, including the US, UK, France, Bulgaria, China and India. Other roles with AES included, VP – North America Business Development, Managing Director - Renewable Generation, and serving on AES’ Global Development Steering Committee.

Mr. Pfaff began his energy career in 1997 with privately-held IPP SeaWest Windpower. As EVP, Business Development and Project Finance, he was a key member of the management team responsible for the turnaround and sale of SeaWest to AES in 2005. Prior to joining the energy industry, Mr. Pfaff worked in commercial banking with Credit Suisse First Boston and Union Bank of California (now MUFG Union Bank).

Mr. Pfaff holds a B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Finance, from San Diego State University. He serves on the Boards of the Solar Electric Industries Association..

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Benoit Rigal

Vice President, Engineering & Construction

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Benoît Rigal leads the engineering, construction, and program management departments for EDF Renewables North America In the position of Vice President, he is responsible for managing the implementation teams, including the coordination of project management, engineering, transportation, construction and commissioning of all renewable energy projects.

Benoît Rigal leads the engineering, construction, and program management departments for EDF Renewables North America In the position of Vice President, he is responsible for managing the implementation teams, including the coordination of project management, engineering, transportation, construction and commissioning of all renewable energy projects.

With over 18 years’ experience in the management and control of major industrial EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) projects, Benoit’s international experience includes working with Technip; British Petroleum; and other major oil and gas players before joining EDF Renewables.

Benoit joined the EDF EN Group in 2006 as Deputy Construction Manager for the French subsidiary; and became a part of the Canadian subsidiary in 2009 to lead the implementation of 1.2 GW of wind projects in Quebec and Alberta. Responsible for monitoring the implementation of wind and solar projects under construction, he has managed 1,300 MW over eight sites in Canada, 300 MW over ten sites in France, and more than 400 MW in Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom.

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Jacob Susman

Vice President, Head of Origination

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Jacob Susman has been building businesses, investing, and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. He led OwnEnergy from inception to its sale in August of 2015 to EDF Renewables, including recruiting and managing its industry-leading team, raising capital, establishing a nationwide brand, sourcing new business, developing projects, building customer relationships and generating revenue. Today, he serves as VP, Head of Origination where he leads EDF Renewables relationships with both utility and corporate customers around the US for the Company’s wind, solar and storage portfolio.

Jacob Susman has been building businesses, investing, and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. He led OwnEnergy from inception to its sale in August of 2015 to EDF Renewables, including recruiting and managing its industry-leading team, raising capital, establishing a nationwide brand, sourcing new business, developing projects, building customer relationships and generating revenue. Today, he serves as VP, Head of Origination where he leads EDF Renewables relationships with both utility and corporate customers around the US for the Company’s wind, solar and storage portfolio.

Prior to EDF Renewables, Jacob was a founding member of the Alternative Energy Investing Group at Goldman Sachs, where he was part of the core team that led the investment in Horizon Wind Energy. Jacob began his power sector career with The AES Corporation, in Spain, on the team that built Cartagena, a 1,200MW CCGT that was named European IPP of the Year by Euromoney.

Jacob serves on the Board of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). He also serves on the Advisory Boards of REpowering Schools and the Business Renewables Center, as well as several community boards. Previously, Jacob served for five years on the Board of the American Wind Energy Association, where he was its Treasurer and later its Secretary.

Jacob holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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