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Robert Mennella

Robert Mennella is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Con Edison Development (CED) and Con Edison Energy. His responsibilities include electricity, gas, and oil trading and supply, risk management, energy pricing, and the development and operation of CED's renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Bob brings more than 30 years of energy industry experience to the company.

Prior to joining CED, Mr. Mennella held various positions in gas and electric operations, system operations, and energy trading. He developed Con Edison's unbundled tariffs, and the information systems necessary to enable competitive-energy sales in Con Edison's operating area. As the director of Con Edison's Fuel Supply organization, he initiated its wholesale gas trading business and established a competitive infrastructure to enable generation facilities to capitalize on energy price movements. In addition, Mr. Mennella held leadership positions in the system operations area, where he was responsible for physical energy flows into the metropolitan area, and in the engineering department, where he managed the technicians responsible for system infrastructure improvements.

Mr. Mennella graduated from Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. In 1985, he received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University.

 

Mark Noyes

Mark Noyes is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Con Edison Energy and Con Edison Development, and is responsible for the development and operation of CED's renewable energy and energy infrastructure projects.

Previously Mr. Noyes was Principal and Managing Partner for B4U Services, a firm providing consulting services to clients in the energy sector with a focus on power quality, technology development, acquisitions, renewable energy, strategic development, energy efficiency and revenue growth via business development.

Prior to establishing B4U Services in 2006, he was the President and CEO of WebGen Systems, an enterprise energy-management company providing complete energy services to commercial and industrial customers. These services included distributed generation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand response, energy purchasing and "green" building/LEEDS certification. At WebGen, Mr. Noyes gained comprehensive experience in all phases of new business development, including profit and loss responsibility, operations management, technology development, finance, strategic planning, marketing, and sales.

Before WebGen, Mr. Noyes spent over 15 years with Con Edison, gaining experience in all aspects of the power sector on both the regulated and non-regulated side. He served as Vice President of Asset Management and Acquisition for Con Edison Development and Board Member for its subsidiaries. His responsibilities included asset acquisition, profit and loss responsibility, asset management, brownfield/greenfield development, strategic planning, operations and environmental compliance of 1,700 MW of generation.

Mr. Noyes holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering; and is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Sustainable Development Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers.

 

James J. Dixon

Jim Dixon is the Chief Legal Officer for Con Edison Development headquartered just north of New York City in Valhalla, New York. In addition he is Vice President – Legal Services for Con Edison Energy and Compliance Officer for all of Con Edison's Competitive Energy Businesses. He assumed his present responsibilities in July 2011.

Immediately prior to his present position, Mr. Dixon served as Vice President of Energy Services for Con Edison Solutions. During his 4½ year tenure in this position he led a team of 100 energy efficiency experts located throughout the United States that delivers demand-side energy-efficiency projects and services for a wide variety of customers. Mr. Dixon also served three years as Con Edison Solutions' General Counsel responsible for all its legal services. Before joining Con Edison Solutions in 2004, Mr. Dixon had over ten years experience in the Consolidated Edison Company of New York (CECONY) law department's Nuclear Regulatory and Commercial Litigation sections. He also served as legal counsel for Con Edison Solutions from January 1998 until August 2002 and as Assistant Corporate Secretary for Consolidated Edison Company of New York (CECONY) from August 2002 until joining Con Edison Solutions as its General Counsel in January 2004. While pursuing his legal studies at night he also held various technical positions in CECONY's Construction, Engineering and System Operations departments and is a 1984 graduate of Con Edison's rigorous Management Intern Program (now called the GOLD Program).

He is currently Chairman of the National Association of Energy Services Companies (NAESCO) which is the leading energy-services industry trade organization that promotes energy efficiency nationwide with over 70 member companies. He is also an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the world's largest community of in-house counsel, with more than 29,000 members in over 75 countries, serving as the Resources Chairman for its Energy Committee, a member of the Compliance & Ethics and Small Law Department Committees, a faculty member at its 2010 and 2012 Annual Meetings and co-author of the "Top Ten Challenges Facing Alternative Energy Sources." In addition, he is a member of the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

In addition, Mr. Dixon is retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Major. During his service in the Army Reserve, he commanded a Combat Heavy Engineer Company, was Executive Officer for an Engineer Battalion and is an honors graduate of both the basic and advanced officer courses at the United States Army Engineer School. He is very active in his local community, having served as President of the Ardsley Little League and co-founder of a local CYO basketball program as well as coach and manager of numerous athletic teams. His community service was recognized in 2009 by the Ardsley PTA with its prestigious Jenkins Award.

Mr. Dixon received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and his J.D. from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice in the local bar and federal courts of New York and Washington D.C. Mr. Dixon is also a registered professional engineer in New York State.

 

Akshaya Bhargava

Akshaya Bhargava

Akshaya Bhargava is the Director of Business Development for Con Edison Development (CED). In this role, he is responsible for assessing renewable energy and infrastructure market opportunities; intelligence gathering on customers and competitors; generating leads and proposals for contracting assets; developing business policies, processes and plans; and financial analysis.

Mr. Bhargava started his career at Reliance Industries Limited in Mumbai, where he managed a team of technicians and operators at a petrochemical plant for 4 years.

He joined the Con Edison family of companies in 2001, first in the Business Development group of Con Edison Development, where he was responsible for financial evaluation of development and acquisition opportunities of the growing business. Mr. Bhargava then became the Manager of Financial and Quantitative Analysis for Con Edison Energy, our wholesale trading affiliate, where he was responsible for pricing full requirements and other structured products, resulting in significant expansion and growth in revenue. He has now returned to Con Edison Development. Mr. Bhargava has been a key member of the team that has closed on development and acquisition projects worth $1.4 billion. His roles have included financial evaluation, due diligence, power purchase agreement negotiations, and debt and equity financing.

Mr. Bhargava is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he holds a Master of Business Administration. He also has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

 

Cross DeLairre

Mr. DeLairre is Director of Project Development for Con Edison Development (CED). In this role Mr. DeLairre oversees development activities in renewable energy and gas infrastructure projects for CED. With 20 years of experience in the independent power industry, he has played a leadership role in the placement of over $1.2 billion in power investments domestically and internationally

Prior to joining CED, Mr. DeLairre was a founding senior manager of Harland Energy Company, a company in the business of energy consulting and marketing fixed price electricity contracts in the United States and Canada. During a key consulting project at Spectra Energy Transmission Company, Mr. DeLairre oversaw integrity projects, interstate gas pipeline development, compressor station upgrades, and pipeline interconnects for new power plants coming on-line.

Prior to Harland Energy Company, Mr. DeLairre was a Project Director for AES Corporation overseeing power development activities in Africa including a 293 MW power barge project in Lagos, Nigeria, acquisition of distribution companies in Mali and Cameroon, and renewable projects in Morocco.

Prior to AES Corporation, Mr. DeLairre was Country Manager for Thermo Ecotek Corporation. He established a development company in the Czech Republic and was responsible for power project development activities in Northern and Eastern Europe.

Mr. DeLairre is a graduate of Antioch College and has an MBA from Northeastern University.

 

George V. Germano

Mr. Germano is the Director of Engineering and Asset Management for Con Edison Development (CED). An energy professional with over 25 years of experience in many aspects of energy supply and production, Mr. Germano has extensive knowledge of power plants and power generation.

Mr. Germano joined CED's Asset Management Group in 2000. He was a key member of the team that acquired the West Springfield generating station and five hydroelectric plants. In 2001, he was the lead project manager for the expansion of the West Springfield Generating Station whereby two General Electric LM6000 gas turbines replaced existing turbines and other balance of plant equipment. This project was completed on schedule and within budget. Mr. Germano also was the lead project manager for the successful acquisition of the Lakewood Cogeneration facility. He became the asset manager for CED's New England asset portfolio which included the West Springfield units as well as the Newington Energy facility, a state-of-the-art 525 MW combined cycle plant. Mr. Germano was instrumental in the sale of CED generating assets in 2008. His efforts, which included presentations to prospective buyers, responding to data requests and conducting facility tours, contributed to the highly successful sale and subsequent transfer of the operations to the new owners.

Prior to joining CED, Mr. Germano held several positions of increasing responsibility at Con Edison. He has managed power plant operations and maintenance, engineered projects, inspected contract work, resolved operational problems and implemented corrective actions. Mr. Germano was selected to participate in an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) project, which utilized a clean coal technology. While at EPRI he was responsible for performing boiler tests and ensuring operators maintained test parameters within specified limits.

Mr. Germano is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Manhattan College, and has earned an Advanced Certificate in Energy Management and completed coursework for a Master of Science degree in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology. He holds a New York City High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineers License and has completed coursework in emergency response procedures.

 

Linda Hicken

Linda Hicken is the Director of Commercial Execution for Con Edison Development (CED) having joined the company in 2013. In this role, she leads a variety of initiatives to strengthen CED’s growth in the renewable energy and energy infrastructure business, focusing on the commercial transactions associated with the acquisition, development, construction, and long-term ownership of assets.

Prior to joining CED, Ms. Hicken was a Director of Business Development for RMT, Inc., a renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction contractor, where she led development of design and construction services for solar and wind energy projects across the U.S. and Canada. Also while at RMT, Ms. Hicken was Director of Site Development and a client executive for environmental services, primarily in the areas of remediation and reuse of industrial sites. Ms. Hicken started her career as a design engineer and project manager at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo, California.

Ms. Hicken holds a MBA in Finance degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.

 

John Labiak

John Labiak is Director of Project Development for Con Edison Development (CED). In this role Mr. Labiak is responsible for the due diligence review of new projects, new development prospects and following new projects through construction to commercial operation.

Mr. Labiak has a successful track record developing over 1,000 MW of fossil fired power generation facilities for CED. In his new role, he is developing renewable generation projects, which can encompass wind, solar or biomass.

Mr. Labiak joined Con Edison in 1982 as a member of the Management Intern Program. He moved through many different departments, mainly in power generation, during his tenure with the Con Edison family of companies, increasing responsibilities along the way. Mr. Labiak was also selected and successfully graduated the Account Executive program in 1996. The Account Executive program was a small group of individuals selected to guide Con Edison’s largest customers through the “deregulation transition” period. Mr. Labiak’s role as an Account Executive was from 1996 -1998, when he transferred to CED.

Mr. Labiak holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute.

 





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