Paul Michaud, Esq., Executive Director & Founder
Paul is the founder and President of the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association, Inc. (REEBA). He is an accomplished energy and utility attorney with the Hartford office of Murtha Cullina LLP. focusing on renewable energy transactional and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Paul served as Managing Counsel and Director of Regulatory Policy for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF). For Paul’s full bio
Kathryn Dube, Director of Operations & Membership
Kathryn has recently joined REEBA as Director of Operations and Membership. Kathryn is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the group including, finance, membership, strategic partnerships and events.
Board of Directors:
Jim Daylor, Chairman/Treasurer
Account Executive, AMERESCO, Inc.
Jim Daylor is an Account Executive with Ameresco focused on helping clients with their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across Connecticut and Southern New England. With over 15 years of experience building partnerships with owners of real estate, Jim delivers a broad range of comprehensive energy solutions that produce measurable benefits to the owner, their business, the community and the environment. Often these solutions are rooted in performance contracting and allow an owner to leverage their own energy equity to self-fund capital improvements.
Mitchell Wurmbrand, CCM, Secretary
Certified Consulting Meterologist/Vice President, GZA Environmental, Inc.
Mitchell Wurmbrand is a Certified Consulting Meterologist and a Vice President in GZA’s Glastonbury, Connecticut office. Mitchell heads up the environmental compliance group in that office and, in that role, has worked on numerous power projects whose energy production is generated from various fossil fuels, nuclear, municipal solid waste, landfill gas and, more recently, solar, wind and geothermal. Mitchell actively participates in the Connecticut Power and Energy Society, the Environmental Business Council of New England’s Renewable Energy Committee Leadership’s Team.
Business Development CT, Schneider Electric firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Bleuher is responsible for the business development in Connecticut of Schneider Electric’s Energy Solutions division. With over ten years of combined industry and management experience, Chris works to educate thought leaders around implementing a continuous energy management life cycle approach to the growth of their enterprise. Throughout his involvement in Connecticut’s municipal, education and healthcare energy markets, Chris has been instrumental in supporting energy legislation in the State, specifically PA 11-80, and the development of energy performance contracting to local governments. Chris also brings experience in this realm through his work in Vermont to construct and drive the successful implementation of performance contracting legislation in 2007. He has worked under ESPC legislation in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Assistant Director of Public Works, Town of Fairfield, CT
General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, CT Green Bank
As General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank (Green Bank), the nation’s first “green bank”, Brian directs all legal, legislative and regulatory affairs at the Green Bank. Brian was an attorney with the AmLaw 100 law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge before accepting a position with Sikorsky Aircraft as a Senior Attorney. As a Senior Attorney, Brian provided legal counsel for the majority of Sikorsky’s strategic international sales campaigns and oversaw all global environmental, health and safety legal matters. Brian’s past state government experience includes time spent as a regional director for the Department of Economic and Community Development and a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Barry Schaller of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Brian was named a “New Leader in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2013. Brian taught “Law and Society” as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut, and he is a former member of the CT Judicial Review Counsel. Outside of his legal career, Brian is currently an elected member of the City of Fairfield’s legislative body. He also is active in veterans’ charities, including starting a charity 10K road race in Shelton, CT, and he was a volunteer camp counselor at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Federal & State Gov. Relations, Doosan Fuel Cell America email@example.com
David Giordano is responsible for all federal and state government relations at Doosan Fuel Cell America, bringing more than twenty-five years of public affairs experience to the position. Previously he served as the Managing Director of his own government affairs firm, Panuzio & Giordano Public Affairs, LLC, representing both public and private sector clients on a variety of policy issues. He was also a part of the management team of Advocates Inc. DC, a grassroots issue advocacy firm specializing in full-scale campaigns for corporate clients. Earlier in his career David directed grassroots and political strategy for The Boeing Company. In this capacity he worked with a series of external groups to form coalitions with the ultimate goal of influencing the public policy debate on several issues that were before Congress. David has been involved in a myriad of political campaigns at all levels. In 2006 he was the Deputy Campaign Manager for the historic independent reelection campaign of United States Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). David holds a bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science from Union College (NY) and a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University.
President, Celtic Energy, Inc.
Chris Halpin is the President of Celtic Energy, Inc. an independent energy consulting firm he founded in 2000, specializing in energy efficiency, performance contracting consulting, and sustainable/green building consulting, with four offices across the country. Celtic Energy assists clients in reducing energy costs locally, nationally, and internationally. Chris has been active in the energy efficiency industry for 28 years, working for several premiere ESCOs and consulting firms in various roles including engineering, management, and sales. He is also the former Global Energy Manager for NCR Corporation. In 2009 he was selected by US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu to be an official Recovery Act Proposal Reviewer for EECBG, SmartGrid and Renewable Energy proposals. His public clients include the US Department of Energy, all branches of the military, Energy Offices of North Carolina, Nevada, Rhode Island, Louisiana, the CT Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, nine campuses of UNC, and dozens of states, cities and school districts across the country. Corporate clients include United Technologies-Pratt & Whitney, Jones Lang LaSalle, CBRE, Travelers Insurance, Bank of America, Green Campus Partners, several major utilities, and many others. He is the primary author of the “Best Practices Guide for Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) In the Municipal, University, School, and Hospital Markets” and a co-author of a whitepaper in the Critical Issues Series from BEPA News’ Green Building and Sustainable Development in the Commercial Real Estate Industry titled “M&V in Energy Performance Contracting Using ASTM BEPA Methodology”. Both documents are available at www.celticenergy.com Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer in seven states and the Republic of Ireland. He is a Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Measurement & Verification Professional by the Association of Energy Engineers, and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional (since 2003) by the US Green Building Council. In 2011 he was honored by the Association of Energy Engineers as a ‘Legend in Energy’ at the 34th Annual World Energy Engineering Congress.
Director of Business Development, Solect
Kent is a renewable and alternative energy-industry professional with over 15 years of experience developing successful projects for commercial, industrial and municipal building owners. Kent is currently Director of Business Development for Solect Energy, one of New England’s largest commercial solar solution providers, with full-service offerings from project design and financing through system installation, monitoring, and lifetime services. Prior to joining Solect, Kent was Director of Sales and Marketing for Doosan Fuel Cell, a leading manufacturer of fuel cell combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems. Kent’s project development expertise includes all types of CHP solutions (fuel cells, microturbines, and engine-based systems), organic Rankine cycle (ORC) waste-heat-to-electricity systems, and commercial solar solutions. Kent is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and holds a master’s degree in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology. Kent is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and has been trained in carbon accounting.
Director, Policy & Electricity Markets, SolarCity
Director of Business Development, M+W Energy
Lori is the Director of Business Development, New England for M+W Energy. M+W Energy is the United States subsidiary of one of the world’s largest independent solar integrators – Gehrlicher Solar AG, which is headquartered outside Munich, Germany. Lori is focused on large commercial and utility sales and project development in the New England States. Lori has over 25 years of experience with a focus on municipal clean energy program development, particularly solar projects. Prior to joining Gerhlicher, Lori worked for Nexamp, the largest solar project development company headquartered in Massachusetts. She managed a federal stimulus-funded initiative to install 4.2MW of solar arrays at thirteen water and wastewater treatment plants statewide and then led their business development efforts in Connecticut. Her most visible project is the installation of a 468KW solar “Brightfield” in Brockton (for three years, the largest solar power plant in New England and largest Brightfield Nationwide). She is an active member of the New England Clean Energy Council’s Policy Committee.
Richard C. Shaw, PE
Vice President, Business Development DCO Energy
Richard has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry having developed and managed a diverse portfolio of power generation projects including renewable and CHP projects utilizing gas turbines, reciprocating engines, fuel cells and photovoltaic operating on a variety of fuels including natural gas, anaerobic digester gas, landfill gas, woody biomass and municipal solid waste. Richard developed the largest combined cycle fuel cell installation operating in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Richard is an alumnus of Manhattan College, where he received Master and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He has also completed the UTC Emerging Leaders Certificate Program at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business and is a registered Professional Engineer. Richard is an Executive Committee and Board Member of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society serving as Treasurer. He is on the board of the Town of Yorktown Conservation Board and a member of the Yorktown Community Emergency Response Team and New York State Guard. Richard is an Eagle Scout and remains an avid supporter and volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America. He lives in Westchester County with his wife and two children.
S. Derek Phelps
Director of Market & Project Development, FuelCell Energy
Derek’s responsibilities include advocating for public policy that promotes FCE’s business model of providing ultra-clean, efficient and reliable baseload distributed generation for electric utilities, commercial and industrial companies, universities, municipalities, government entities and other customers around the world. He is also part of the company’s project development team, primarily in matters involving siting and governmental and regulatory affairs.
Prior to joining FCE, Derek was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Siting Council, an executive branch agency in Connecticut State Government. While in that role, Derek oversaw the siting processes that led to the approvals of over $4 billion in energy projects including 46 units of power generation totaling 1,184 megawatts and more than 100 miles of electric transmission line projects.
Derek also worked as a contracted government relations lobbyist for Northeast Utilities (now Eversource Energy), concentrating in all aspects of energy policy before the Connecticut General Assembly. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs and as a special-project manager for the Governor’s Office, coordinating the Commissioning ceremonies for the Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut.
Derek earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, from the University of Connecticut. He also earned a Master of Science degree in e-Media Communications from Quinnipiac University. Derek is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service and of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He lives in the Town of Killingworth with his wife Julie and his daughter, Haley.
President and CEO, BNE Energy
Greg has managed successful commercial wind projects in Connecticut. He has also lobbied at the federal level with American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) to help finance commercial wind development projects.