The Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) is pleased to announce the election of two new board members, Jim Howell, Chief Development Officer (CDO) of sPower and Kevin Gresham, VP Government Relations & External Affairs for E.ON North America, LLC, and the addition of Mark Ahlstrom, President of the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), as a board advisor.
As CDO, Howell is responsible for sPower’s strategic vision and market entry, greenfield and project merger and aquisition activities, power marketing efforts, and the comprehensive project development process. sPower has signed approximately 3 gigawatts of power purchase agreements during this time and operates one of the largest solar and wind fleets in the industry.
Gresham directs E.ON’s governmental relations, federal and state regulatory activities, and public affairs across North America. He recently served on the United States Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and serves on the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas Board of Directors, representing the Independent Generator Segment. In addition, he serves as Vice Chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Federal Affairs Committee, on The Wind Coalition’s Executive Committee and participates in the American Wind Energy Association’s legislative, public affairs, and transmission committees.
Ahlstrom leads ESIG (formerly known as the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group), a non-profit educational association that provides resources and education to the engineers, researchers, technologists, and policymakers for our evolving electricity and integrated energy systems, and will serve as an advisor to the WEF board in that capacity. He is also the Vice President of Renewable Energy Policy for NextEra Energy Resources and WindLogics. Ahlstrom is actively involved at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and in many activities across North America to support the economic and reliable use of higher levels of clean energy.
These three additions to the WEF board bring several decades of combined experience in the U.S. wind and solar industries. To read their full biographies, please visit “About WEF”.