Wind 101 Part I
Includes a Live Event on 07/14/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Join Part I of this series to learn the fundamentals on:
U.S. Market Drivers
Wind Project Finance
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Dr. Chris Ziesler (Moderator)
Global Director, Energy Services, UL LLC
Dr. Chris Ziesler has worked in the renewable power sector for over twenty years. As Vice President of Consulting Services, he provides strategic direction to AWS Truepower’s wind and solar energy consultancy, including services to support energy assessment, development and performance services. Prior to this, he oversaw the company’s technical advisory services for the Due Diligence Group. Before joining AWS Truepower Dr. Ziesler held senior-level positions for wind/renewable energy developers and operators: Powergen Renewables, Shell WindEnergy, and Wind Capital Group. His extensive experience includes management of technical due diligence programs for several wind projects valued over several hundred million dollars, management of commercial operations for hundreds of megawatts of wind assets, management of wind resource and energy assessment programs, the creation of due diligence reports used for financing by large developers, and offshore wind energy analysis. Dr. Ziesler is frequently called upon to speak as an industry expert. He was program co-chair of the AWEA Resource Assessment Workshops in Seattle, WA (2011) and Pittsburgh, PA (2012). He also chaired the wind finance session (2013) in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Ziesler holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Aston University.
Research & Analytics Manager, AWEA
Michael is a Director with CohnReznick Capital and is based in the New York office. Since joining the firm in 2013, Michael has advised on over $1 billion in buy and sell-side transactions and $500 million in structured equity financing, totaling more than 3GW of renewable energy assets.
Michael provides advisory services including process management, due diligence, structuring and deal negotiation in the renewable energy sector. He specializes in structuring acquisitions, strategic partnerships and tax equity investments across utility scale and distributed generation assets. In 2014, Michael led structuring activities related to the acquisition of 125MW of solar assets and the tax equity financing of a 300MW wind project. He has provided financial advisory services to numerous clients ranging from private equity firms and investment banks to IPPs and renewable energy developers.
Prior to CohnReznick Capital, Michael worked for a boutique private equity firm analyzing energy investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector, while managing and enhancing the efficiency of existing portfolio investments. Michael also worked for a venture capital funded battery technology company with applications in the medical device industry.
Michael is a CFA charter holder and received a Bachelor of Science in Management Science with a concentration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.