ReCon Associates members include seasoned energy executives, managers, academics, scientists and researchers. Collectively, ReCon’s principals have over 300 years in the energy industry. ReCon maintains “of counsel” relationships with world-class engineering and legal firms. All members have boardroom and senior management experience in their respective fields. Members collaborate on a project-by-project basis, focused on the specific needs and circumstances of the client.
Key members include:
Timothy M. Baye
Coordinating member and a founder
Tim Baye is ReCon’s coordinating member and a founder. Since 1984, Baye’s career has focused on renewable energy business development and finance through executive, academic and advisory capacities. His project portfolios include U.S., Latin America/Caribbean, Australia, North Africa and West/Central European. Baye’s core competencies include, project/corporate strategy/planning, financial and investment analysis, contracting (offtake and supply) and, project evaluation, planning and development; bioenergy (primary), solar (secondary).
Principal wind energy and utility system advisor
Kim Zuhlke is ReCon’s principal wind energy and utility system advisor. Zuhlke has over 35 years industry experience, with 7 years as a senior new generation system executive in a large Midwestern U.S. utility. He advises many of the world’s largest wind energy firms and associations Zuhlke’s core competencies include strategy, financial, off-take and supply agreements, wind energy purchases, electrical generation, wind (primary) all other electrical platforms (secondary).
Poul Ejner Rasmussen
Founder and CEO of Renew Energy A/S
Poul Ejner Rasmussen is founder and CEO of Renew Energy A/S, a world leading anaerobic digestion engineering firm headquartered in Denmark. With over 27 years in the industry, Rasmussen’s systems operate globally, representing cutting edge biological conversion platforms, reliability and performance. Renew Energy A/S has tackled the most challenging feedstock issues and is a global leader in nutrient conversion. Rasmussen, and his team’s core competencies include energy strategy, project development, management and contracting, engineering and technology, biogas (primary).
ReCon’s principal biomass supply analysis and advisor
Bill Johnson is ReCon’s principal biomass supply analyst and advisor. Johnson’s extensive industry experience and reach comes from his 21 years in the utility and consultancy business, along with over 22 years in research and education. He has been responsible for numerous biomass supply-chain projects, biomass fuel contracting and brokering. Johnson’s core competencies include biomass (primary) supply development and sourcing, contracting, electrical generation/combustion, public relations, energy efficiency and education, biogas (secondary).
Founder and managing partner of Providence Partners
Jeff Bedard is founder and managing partner of Providence Partners a mixed-use builder developer focused on developing resource efficient, sustainable, residential, retail, hotel and office projects in high-density urban locations. He is also managing partner of Resort Energy Ventures , providing international clients guidance for distributed energy generation projects. Bedard has over 25 years experience in both real estate and U.S. Federal government agencies. Bedard is ReCon’s principal resort energy systems advisor.
Bill Johnson, Jr.
Principal of Timberian
Bill Johnson Jr. is a principal of Timberian, a full-service forestry, woody feedstock bio-energy and, wood manufacturing optimization firm based in Northwest, Wisconsin. Johnson, Jr. brings over 25 years of experience in the forest industry. Johnson also holds executive positions with Futurewood Corporation, Flambeau River Papers, and Johnson Timber Corporation. Timberian, one of ReCon’s newest associates, provides turn-key, woody biomass supply-chain development services.
Principal of Timberian
D.J. Aderman is a principal of Timberian and is the President of Futurewood. Aderman has over 30 years of forest products and forestry experience
Laura Harrington leverages her extensive access to international and domestic development and project financing organizations and to U.S. Federal agencies on behalf of ReCon’s clients. She’s also ReCon’s leader in the often complex arenas of project socio/economic impact analysis. Laura’s experiences at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab, Department of Defense and in numerous international settings provide ReCon clients critical insight and resources, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Nisha Thirumurthy has over 15 years of experience in power sector diversification, energy technology transfer and deployment, renewable energy project development, and strategic planning, with international experience in India, China, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Nisha’s contributions via the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab and the Clinton Climate Initiative have allowed her to advance energy and climate initiatives for governments, agencies and corporations. As ReCon’s lead project analyst and financial modeler, Nisha’s talents benefit all of our client’s endeavors – across geography and technology platforms.
CEO of Gro Alliance
Lou Schweigert is the CEO of Gro Alliance, the largest independently owned seed corn production company in the United States. Schwiegert has over 35 years in the production agriculture, supply-chain and seed development industry. His ReCon core competencies include agricultural biomass supply chain development (primary), agronomy, dedicated bio-energy crop development and production, logistics and landowner recruitment/contracting.
ReCon’s principal technical writing expert
Anne Ericksen is ReCon’s principal technical writing expert. Ericksen has over 20 years as a professional journalist, writer and editor within the engineering and technical fields.
Founder and President of muGrid Analytics
Dr. Travis Simpkins is founder and president of muGrid Analytics where he provides advanced analytics, software modeling, and optimization capabilities to developers, owners / operators, and manufacturers of renewable energy systems. He is a recognized expert in the techno-economic optimization of battery energy storage and advanced microgrids. Prior to muGrid, he was a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr. Simpkins received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has published numerous papers on energy optimization, deep learning, and control algorithms.
Tony “T.J.” Morice is Managing Member, TNT Ventures LLC. Morice is ReCon’s lead biomass thermal and densified fuel expert. T..J. has over 18 years managing business and technology development a one of the largets wood pellet plants East of the Mississippi, adding 3 companies during that time. God has opened a variety of doors in business and renewable energy, including ReCon, which has allowed pursuit of a variety of opportunities via TNT Ventures LLC. Morice is a founding member of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, President of Heating the Midwest (HTM) and Wisconsin State Wood Energy.
Juan Fronjosa is an investment banker and entrepreneur with proven track record in emerging markets’ project development and implementation. Mr. Fronjosa possesses significant expertise in cross-border project and structured trade finance, having participated in numerous medium size emerging markets transactions totaling close to $500 million. He has more than 15 years of professional experience working with multilateral agencies / government backed sources of funding, utilities and extractive industries (oil & gas and mining sectors).
Alex Rein is Managing Director of Prairie Light Solar, an advisory firm for renewable energy development with a focus on end-to-end SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Credit) services, as well as renewable energy project financial modeling. During his 7+ years at SunPower Corp, Alex co-developed more than $140M of solar PV projects, risk managed a $100M SREC portfolio, structured and negotiated more than 70 SREC agreements valued at $135M+, and led a cost efficiency project that increased the company’s free cash by more than $270M.
Federico Gaxiola has over 30 years successful experience in real estate development, primarily in Mexico. Gaxiola’s firm, Toreal, provides consultation to project executives and developers, ranging from strategic, to tactical to project management. Toreal’s services include market and financial analysis, strategic business planning, marketing solutions and entitlements, to clients around the world. We are specialized in market assessments and feasibility studies for resort and recreation-based developments. Gaxiola is ReCon’s principal in Mexico.
ReCon, of counsel firms
With the complexity of modern energy systems, seldom with any service provider have in-house world-class competencies across all disciplines. ReCon maintains strong relationships with trusted firms in order to provide the solution sets required by most types of clients. ReCon’s of counsel firms are leaders in their fields of expertise and share ReCon’s commitment of exceeding the client’s expectations…..in all aspects of the engagement.
Legal and Financial Advisory Firms – Primarily Midwestern & Washington D.C. based, to support ReCon’s Domestic and International Practices
Consulting Engineering – Close collaborations with consulting enegineering firms both Domestic U.S. and International
Solar Technology Vendors and Developers (multiple parties)
Note: Recent economic developments in the photovoltaic panel and engineering industry has brought about the commoditization of this sector. ReCon’s energy system development efforts recruit contributions from international, regional and local service providers best suited to the client’s circumstances and objectives.
Wind Developers (multiple parties)
Engineering Procurement, Contracting and Construction Management (EPC multiple parties)
Project Financing, both equity and debt (multiple parties)