LARS THAANING PEDERSEN
Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, 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.
Alan Hannah, Deputy CEO, joined Vineyard Wind in 2019 after 10 years with Iberdrola where he helped develop more than 2,000 MW of offshore wind energy off the coast of UK, Germany, and France. Alan’s career in offshore wind began in 2002 as an electrical power engineer and today, as Vineyard Wind’s Deputy CEO, Alan oversees the management of the company while focusing specifically on the finance and business case development for Vineyard Wind projects.
Alan resides in Lexington, Massachusetts and is enjoying exploring the outdoor pursuits available throughout New England with his wife and children.
Jennifer simon lento
Jennifer Simon Lento serves as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Jennifer has been practicing law in the renewable energy and environmental sectors for more than fourteen years. She received her Juris Doctorate from New Jersey’s Rutgers School of Law, and her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Jennifer spent the first 10 years of her legal career working with the energy and environmental practice groups of several large and mid-sized law firms in Boston, Southern New Jersey, and Philadelphia. During her tenure in private practice, Jennifer authored an award-winning blog focused on law and policy developments the United States offshore wind industry.
Prior to joining Vineyard Wind, Jennifer was counsel for a private equity fund focused on the acquisition, development, and financing of commercial scale distributed solar energy projects across the continental United States and Hawaii.
Erich Stephens, Chief Development Officer, has been advancing clean energy policies and renewable energy project development in the Northeast for nearly 20 years.
Prior to joining Vineyard Wind in 2009 (formerly called OffshoreMW), Erich was head of development operations for Bluewater Wind, one the first US offshore wind development companies. Erich was also founder and executive director of People's Power & Light (PP&L), a non-profit organization promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy affordability, and cooperative energy buying in Rhode Island. Erich was also a founding partner of SolarWrights, a green design/build residential construction and solar installation firm.
Erich 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 oyster farming companies. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Uruguay.
A graduate of Brown University, where he studied marine ecology, Erich also did graduate studies in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Davis.
Amy McGinty, Chief Corporate Officer, manages the team responsible for financing, cost and budget control, revenue management, shareholder interface, IT, HR, and other corporate functions for Vineyard Wind.
Amy has worked in operations and business performance in the wind energy industry for the past 18 years and most recently served as Vice President of O&M Services for Avangrid Renewables, responsible for managing the critical operations and management services supporting Avangrid Renewables’ 6,000 MW operational fleet, including: asset management, land management, performance reporting and quality, GIS, operational permitting and wildlife, and overall operational strategies for Avangrid’s 60+ onshore wind farms in the US.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science & Technology with a concentration in Energy from James Madison University.
Rachel Pachter is Vineyard Wind’s Vice President of Permitting Affairs. Rachel has more than 15 years of experience in offshore wind development, specifically in permitting and regulatory compliance, environmental and site investigation, federal, state, and local regulations, stakeholder outreach, and public relations. Rachel led and finalized the permitting for the first and only fully permitted offshore wind farm in federal waters of the United States. Rachel has a degree in Geology from the University of Alaska and works from Vineyard Wind’s New Bedford office.
Jack Arruda is the project’s Technical Development Manager, responsible for grid interconnection, on-shore cable route planning and installation, and operations and maintenance facilities. Jack has more than 25 years of experience operating and managing energy projects in the Northeast.
Prior to joining Vineyard Wind, Jack served as the Director of Operations for Caithness Energy. Previously, Jack spent over 17 years with Energy Management Inc. (EMI), where he worked in the development of solar, wind and combined cycle natural gas-fired electrical generation facilities. He was previously the Operations and Facility Manager at the 270 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Tiverton, Rhode Island for 8 years working for Calpine and GE.
Jack is a lifelong resident of Dartmouth, and a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering.
Nathaniel Mayo is Vineyard Wind’s Manager of Policy and Development. He oversees local policy efforts for the Vineyard Wind project, heading outreach and coordination efforts with various stakeholders and serving as liaison to the fishing community in Yarmouth and Barnstable.
Nate is a 12th-generation Cape Cod native with over a decade in public policy and community engagement on Cape Cod, having worked on environmental, energy and fisheries issues. He worked for U.S. Congressman William Delahunt and served as legislative director to former Cape and Islands State Sen. Robert O’Leary. He holds a MA in Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and serves as vice-chair of the Conservation Commission in Provincetown.
Matthew is the Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Vineyard Wind, presently managing environmental permitting activities as part of the Vineyard Wind team. He is a biologist skilled in permitting energy projects, with a concentration in the U.S. Atlantic throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. Specifically, Matthew’s permitting and regulatory compliance experience is centered on Federal, state, and local regulations, which include but are not limited to NEPA, ESA, MMPA, Clean Water Act, Rivers and Waters Act, and Clean Air Act. Furthermore, Matthew has prepared numerous environmental impact statements and environmental studies for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Matthew has extensive experience in protected species environmental impact analyses, avian and bat impact analyses, visual impact assessments, marine fisheries surveys, shellfish restoration assessments, water quality assessments, and marine mammal incidental harassment authorizations.
Matthew is a born and raised New Englander and currently resides outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
Marine Liaison Officer Jeannot Smith came to Vineyard Wind after a career in the United States Coast Guard. During his time in the Coast Guard he worked throughout the United States focusing on Maritime Search and Rescue, Oil Spill Response, and Disaster relief efforts. He most recently served as the Deputy Sector Commander for Sector Southeastern New England based out of Woods Hole, MA. Prior to the Coast Guard he earned a Master Degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he focused on Integrated Marine and Coastal Zone Management. He grew up in New York City and currently resides with his wife and two children in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Cullen is a Permitting and Outreach Specialist and works to implement offshore wind workforce development programs to ensure a locally trained and qualified workforce for offshore wind. Previously, she spent over 10 years in the nonprofit sector, advocating for policies to promote clean energy and clean water in communities throughout the US.
Jen is originally from Cape Cod and has extensive experience working to build support for offshore wind in the community. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in Communications from Boston University.
As Fisheries Liaison, Crista Bank leads communications with members of the fishing industry. Most recently, she worked as a fisheries biologist at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. At SMAST, Crista conducted collaborative research with commercial fishermen studying cod, monkfish, and halibut. Previously, she served on the Schooner Ernestina, the only surviving 19th century Gloucester-built fishing schooner and one of two remaining examples of the Fredonia-style schooners, where she earned her 100-ton United States Coast Guard Captain’s license. Bank also worked onboard traditional sailing vessels across the world, including journeys to the Indian and Atlantic oceans. She started her career teaching marine science at outdoor experiential education programs in New England, Southern California, and the Florida Keys.
Crista earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a Master’s degree in Fisheries Oceanography from UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology.
Crista resides in New Bedford with her husband and three children.
Vineyard Wind is building the first commercial scale offshore wind energy project in the United States, to be located 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind is a 50-50 partnership between funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables.
Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is one of the leading providers of clean, renewable wind power in the United States. CIP manages over $8 billion on behalf of public employee pension funds, investing in clean energy projects including offshore wind, onshore wind, and clean energy transmission infrastructure. The partnership of the two companies in Vineyard Wind brings extensive offshore wind expertise and substantial, reliable financial capacity to the Commonwealth’s initiative to build the offshore wind industry in Massachusetts.
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