Clean Energy Holdings Team

Cornelius Fitzgerald
Principal

15+ years of strategy design and execution experience focused in the Corporate Finance and early-stage Renewable Energy fields. He has lead teams for financial product design and national sales campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. As part of the top strategy group at a Fortune 50 bank, he lead and helped shape reorganization efforts for a $5B line of business as well as lead detailed execution for integration of new businesses in M&A activity. Con is an excellent negotiator of both standard and complex agreements.  His ability to quickly study and understand the nuances of agreements, the interests and perspectives of the different stakeholder and the strategic options led to his role of leading Clean Energy Holdings in its early stage of development. Con has a solid understanding of all aspects of renewables and a clear ability to explain these issues to different audiences.  His skill in strategy, financials and planning are solid foundations that help the company in many ways. He was instrumental in holding the company together during its exit from the renewable energy technology’s “Valley of Death”, skills and experiences which strengthen the character and brand of the company.  

Peter Orrell
Principal

a proven global business development and strategy executive with over 25 years of successful leadership and results. He possesses a deep understanding of financial services, specialty finance, renewable energy, climate resiliency and Property Assessed Clean Energy.  Peter held a number of senior executive roles for American Express Company prior to becoming CEO of a mid-market private equity held company which he built and subsequently sold.  Most recently, he has acquired deep experience in Property Assessed Clean Energy, a Private Public Partnership facilitating energy efficiency and climate resiliency financing.  Peter has excelled in privately held smaller mid-market organizations as well as Fortune 500 environments. He possesses both depth and breadth in terms of building international businesses, particularly in Europe and Asia. He has lived and worked in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Peter holds an Honors degree in International Marketing from McGill University.  

Nicholas Bair
Principal

has held positions in both the public and private sectors in the oil and gas industry, alternative energy industries and state government as chief of staff to a Representative and Policy Advisor to a Senator. Nicholas began his career as an environmental chemist at Ch2M Hill and worked many years for Technip Stone and Webster Process Technologies evaluating new and emerging technologies and designing/constructing energy facilities. Nicholas has lived and worked abroad, including, France, Canada and throughout the United States. He was notably responsible for project development as a Director at Bair Energy and currently is President and Chief Operating Officer for Bair Energy. 

Nicholas attended Montana State University and Oregon State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degrees in Ecosystems Analysis and Environmental Policy and Environmental Chemistry. Nicholas enjoys his family and currently resides in Southern Oregon. His passion is building alternative energy mega-projects and taking his family fly fishing on the Rogue River with his dog, Robynhood. 

Nicholas is CEO/COO of Bair Energy - https://www.bairenergyllc.com/

Peder Hansen
Chief Engineer

Peder graduated from the Danish Technical Business Academy with a Batchelor’s Degree in Business and a Major in Mechanical Engineering.  Since early 2011 Peder has owned and operated ph-consulting group, inc., where he has consulted with multiple national and international manufacturers and project developers.

As the President of ph-c, Peder consulted and led efforts with clients developing wind and solar PV projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Guyana, Pakistan, South Sudan, Uruguay and the US.  In addition he has consulted in developing a 3.25MW wind turbine with engineering due diligence and evaluation for marine installations as well as performed due diligence on multiple Asian wind turbines for use in large wind farms in the US and analyzing pre-developed wind farms for investment purposes. During the start-up phase of Northstar Wind Towers, LLC (2006 – 2011) Peder was the Executive Vice-President, with primary responsibilities in engineering, sales, customer and investor relations.  Prior to that he worked for Valmont Industries as their Global Sales Manager of the Wind Energy department.  From 1997 to 2002 Peder was the Senior Sales Engineer within GE Wind Energy and instrumental in getting the GE 1.5 MW machine prepared for their first off-shore project in Europe.  Also developed tools to ensure proper mooring during O&M of the turbines at sea.  Peder has been in the wind industry since the mid 1980’s and in the early 1990’s assisted with installing the first off-shore wind project in Europe. 

 

Peder also served in the Royal Danish Army’s Combat Engineering Regiment, discharged with honors as sergeant, commanding his own platoon.

Jerry Haugen
Chief Environmental Officer

Jerry Haugen is Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer.  Prior to joining Clean Energy Holdings, he worked with the U.S. Forest Service for 31 years in various roles, primarily as an Operations Research Analyst, but also as a civil engineer, transportation planner, environmental coordinator and rural community assistance coordinator. Prior to that he was employed as a Highway Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration. He has extensive experience evaluating projects for environmental impacts and integrating diverse scientific specialties into comprehensive plans for land use and management. Much of his career involved ensuring plan and project compliance with the mandates of the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act.Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Science in Forest Management from Oregon State University. He lives with his wife and daughter in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He enjoys exploring the outdoors and producing photos and videos to accompany articles on his adventures.

Meghan Chicoine
Director of Investor Relations

a seasoned investment professional with 20 years of experience in a variety of executive level roles including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Managing Director of Alternative Investments.  As Manager of Investor Relations, Meghan is responsible for vigilantly overseeing the firm’s investor relations activities. 
Meghan spent 4 years as an independent financial consultant within the alternative investment space helping to navigate her clients through the complexities of efficient compliance, due diligence, and investment operations.  Prior to that, Meghan worked for over a decade at Freestone Capital Management, a Seattle based wealth management firm with over $2 billion in AUM at the time of her departure. At Freestone, Meghan served as Managing Director and oversaw the firm’s investment operations, operational due diligence, fund structuring, and investor relations. Additionally, Meghan was responsible for overseeing the firm’s emerging manager platform, which entailed including operational and investment due diligence, manager selection, and capital allocations.
Meghan received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications from the University of Portland. She is a Past President and Board Member of the Seattle Alternative Investment Association. Additionally, Meghan is an Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP).

Fred Lowther
Counsel

a partner in Blank Rome’s energy practice. Mr. Lowther devotes his career primarily to the development of large energy and natural resource projects in the United States and abroad. He focuses his practice on domestic and international energy, water supply projects and transactions, and general counseling of energy companies in all sectors of the industry. His work on water supply issues involves both structuring projects and litigating over water rights. He also focuses his practice on counseling companies in the energy technology sector.  Mr. Lowther’s role as project counsel involves all aspects of project structuring, regulatory approvals, administrative and judicial litigation, financing, and general counseling. He has served as project counsel for the North Star LNG Project (liquefied natural gas from Western Siberia to the U.S. East Coast); Tenneco Atlantic Pipeline Project (LNG from Algeria to Canada and then by pipeline to the U.S. East Coast); Trinidad LNG Project (LNG from Trinidad to the U.S. Gulf Coast); PacIndonesia LNG Project (LNG from Indonesia to California); PacAlaska LNG Project (LNG from Alaska to California); Boundary Gas Project (natural gas from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Northeast); Alberta Northeast Gas Limited Project (natural gas from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Northeast); Altamont Gas Transmission System (natural gas pipeline from the U.S.-Canada border to Wyoming); Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. (natural gas pipeline from the U.S.-Canada border to Long Island, New York); Tegen-Sucat Power Project (rehabilitation of two power plants in Manila, Philippines); AVOCA Gas Storage Project (salt cavern gas storage in New York); Atwick Gas Storage Project (salt cavern gas storage in the United Kingdom); Harbor Energy Project (gas-fired power project in the Netherlands); Phoenix/Premier Gas Project (Scotland-to-Northern Ireland Pipeline; gas distribution system in Belfast); Islander East Pipeline Project (natural gas pipeline in Connecticut and New York); Jordan Cove LNG Project (LNG export terminal in Oregon); KLNG Project (LNG terminal in Providence, Rhode Island); Polar Bear LNG Project (LNG from Russia and North Africa to Quebec, Canada); Floridian Natural Gas Storage (LNG storage facility in Martin County, Florida); Liberty Natural Gas Project (offshore LNG project in New Jersey); and several other large projects and transactions involving natural gas, power generation, electric transmission, water supply and treatment, and crude oil in the U.S., Canada, Asia, and the Middle East.

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