Erich Stephens is the CEO of Vineyard Wind, one of three companies seeking to build a large-scale wind projectoff the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Erich has been involved in developing renewable clean energy projects for nearly 20 years.
Prior to joining Vineyard Wind in 2009 (formerly called OffshoreMW), Erich was head of development operations for Bluewater Wind, a developer of offshore wind projects in the Northeast. Erich was previously the founder and executive director of People's Power & Light (PP&L), a non-profit organization promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cooperative energy buying in Rhode Island, and a leading organization that advocated for several important energy policy initiatives for Rhode Island. Under Erich’s leadership, PP&L helped design and win passage of a number of important policies, including the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, and new programs for energy efficiency and low-income energy assistance. Erich led PP&L into a merger with a sister organization in Massachusetts, forming New England’s largest green electricity retailer and largest heating oil buyers’ cooperative.
Prior to founding PP&L, he worked on wind energy projects in Maine, Vermont, New York, and Rhode Island. Erich was also a founding partner of SolarWrights, a green design/build residential construction and solar installation company that was named Fastest Growing Small Business by Providence Business News, and which was subsequently acquired by Alteris Renewables. He worked for several years as a consulting field ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, and other companies and organizations, and for two successful start-up aquaculture companies. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer.
A graduate of Brown University, Erich lives in Rhode Island and works from Vineyard Wind’s New Bedford office.
Lars Thaaning Pedersen
Lars Thaaning Pedersen has been involved in the financing, development, construction and operation of more than 10 offshore wind farms in Europe, and he has held various executive positions at Dong Energy until 2014.
Mr. Pedersen joined CIP in 2014 and is now Co-CEO of Copenhagen Offshore Partners, a company focused on the development of offshore wind projects to suit the investment profile of infrastructure funds managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).
He is currently responsible for CIPs project development portfolio in offshore wind with a specific focus on North America and not least the Vineyard Wind project.