Our luncheon panel will discuss "Energy Projects and Financing Options". Several industry experts will share their experience in the energy project financing industry including preferred financing mechanisms. A focus will be made on how energy engineers and finance industry professionals can be mutually successful. Presentations will outline what Energy Project Finance is, the key features which distinguish it from other methods of financing, the motivations and circumstances for utilizing it, how it is structured, and a forecast of the future of energy project financing based on current market indicators. This discussion will address a number of financing topics that are pertinent to the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) syllabus and the nuts and bolts of "real-world" energy project financing.
Derek Mitchell, VP Grant Capital Management, Inc., focuses on energy performance contract
financing and routinely engages with engineering firms, facilities managers, CFOs and attends meetings of the various energy organizations including National association of Energy Service Companies ("NAESCO"), and American Council from an Energy-Efficient Economy ("ACEEE"). He has worked with various investors, vendors, housing authorities, and municipalities in structuring financing for master lease purchase programs and has successfully assisted in over $100 million in lease financing agreements. Derek brings over 10 years of experience in
business. He has held various roles, including sales, customer relationship management, training, and contracting within two Fortune 500 Companies. Derek holds a B.S. in Marketing from Hampton University and a M.B.A. in finance from Loyola University.
Friday, March 20th: "Energy Project and Financing Options" Luncheon Program
Panel Moderator, David Harrell, PE, CEM, is a board member of the AEE National Capital Chapter and Lead Development Manager for Johnson Controls, Inc. He is responsible for leading the planning and execution efforts for all aspects of Johnson Controls' energy services group tasked with delivering energy efficiency, energy management, and green buildings applications to clients. Previously David was a Senior Project Manager with EMO Energy Solutions, a Senior Project Manager and Development Engineer with Washington Gas Energy Services, and Mechanical Engineer with Fairfax County Public Schools, Sebesta Blomberg, and the U.S. Air Force. David has his bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and attended Drexel University and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Robert "Bob" Johnson, Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong is responsible for financing
solutions in the federal sector and growing his company's presence with national account
customers. He has been at the leading edge of the energy efficiency industry and has built businesses across a broad range of systems in the Energy Services business. Prior to joining Hannon Armstrong, Mr. Johnson held executive leadership positions at multinational organizations and Energy Services Companies such as Cooper Industries, Ingersoll Rand
(Trane) where he led Institutional Sales for the North America and Johnson Controls Federal Systems Division as the global sales leader. He began his career at Honeywell and has been
published in the Military Engineer magazine and holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Scott Foster, Managing Director at Bostonia Partners, LLC, is responsible for originating,
structuring, and financing federal energy and infrastructure projects. He has over 20 years of
experience in federal project finance. His "marquee" projects include commercial scale biomass cogeneration for DOE's Savannah River Site, biomass gasification for Oak
Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), renewable Energy Services Agreement (ESA) to lower the cost of power for the United States Coast Guard in Puerto Rico, renewable ESA to reduce
energy costs for the United States Army in Texas, financing for submarine Fiber Optic System for US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA), and financing for DOE's ORNL Titan Cray supercomputer project. Scott holds a B.A.and a M.B.A. from Marymount University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also served in the U.S. Navy/Naval Security Group, Minnesota
Army Reserve National Guard, and the Virginia Army Reserve National Guard.
Friday, March 20 from 11:30
AM to 2:00 PM EDT
George Mason University
Johnson Center 327, Room C