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Careers In Energy Webinars

CASE will be hosting a series of three lunchtime webinars on Fridays during February and March as part of the 2021 Renewable Energy Challenge season. We will have university, community college, and industry representatives participating in panel discussions to provide information for students on careers in wind and solar energy as well as college options and necessary skillsets. Registration is necessary for these webinars.

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Friday, March 5th

The third of the lunchtime Careers in Energy webinars will be focusing on careers in the wind energy sector. Our panelists for this webinar are:

 

Robin Lucey 

Robin Lucey is a Business Development Manager at Dominion Energy, where she has a primary focus on the development of solar projects and other clean energy technologies. These efforts involve leading development activities such as site selection, financial evaluation and analysis, managing local and environmental permitting, evaluation of electrical interconnection, and leading due diligence activities. Prior to working in Business Development, Robin worked in Dominion Energy’s Tax Department where she led various tax research projects, managed state tax audits, researched state and federal tax legislative updates, as well as reviewed and negotiated contracts. Robin has a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and English from Washington and Jefferson College

 

Jamie Mears

Jamie Mears is a Project Developer with Ørsted Onshore, specializing in early-stage solar development in the eastern U.S. markets. Prior to moving to Charlottesville, VA to join Ørsted Onshore team last summer, she graduated from James Madison University in May of 2020 with a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology, concentrating in Energy and Sustainability Leadership. As a Collegiate Wind Competition alumna, she competed for three consecutive years and served as the student leader for the 2020 JMU CWC team, who was awarded first place in the 2020 Project Development Contest. 

 

Remy Pangle

Remy Pangle is the Managing Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy (CASE) and also the Education Manager for the Center. She is responsible for staff and project management, as well as developing courses, curricula, and maintaining the classroom kit lending library. She also coordinates the Virginia KidWind Challenges, classroom visits, visits to JMU, and teacher professional development on renewable energy. This work is done in coordination with the Virginia REpowering Schools Program where CASE assists Virginia schools in developing small wind and solar projects on their campus and ensuring renewable energy concepts are being taught in the classroom. Mrs. Pangle holds a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from JMU and an M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Maine.

 

David Stimson

David Stimson is a Project Developer for AES Clean Energy and has been in his current role for over two years. As a Project Developer, David materializes solar projects from just an idea, to a fully de-risked energy asset that is ready for construction. This involves acquiring land and easements for the project, managing state and local permitting, running environmental studies, engaging stakeholders and the community, and finally, designing the project with an engineering team. His projects span the eastern seaboard from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, with a specific focus in Virginia. David lives in Richmond, Virginia with his dog Grizzly and enjoys hiking and fly fishing on the weekends.

 

Brian Pace
Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing - New College Institute (NCI)
Brian provides and coordinates specialty training in advanced manufacturing and performance film. Brian develops, implements, and evaluates the NCI Center of Excellence program with a focus on preparing participants with industry recognized credentials in demand by local and regional employers.
bpace@newcollegeinstitute.org
276-403-5618


Rema McManus
Offshore Wind Program Specialist - Old Dominion University (ODU)
Rema is responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks on behalf of the ODU offshore wind team. She communicates with Virginia stakeholders and leaders, on matters related to Virginia's offshore wind activities, including industry initiatives and university research projects. She also provides creative guidance, oversight, and input at all stages of production of various outreach materials.
rmcmanus@odu.edu
757-338-5807

 

JMU Collegiate Wind Competition Team

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) challenges undergraduate students to design a wind turbine based on market research, develop a business plan to market the product, build and test the turbine against set requirements, and demonstrate knowledge of siting constraints and location challenges for product installation. The objective of the Collegiate Wind Competition is to prepare students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce. The team at JMU is made up of students from Engineering, Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), and Business majors as well as other majors from around the university.   The JMU team is broken up into a turbine team and a project development team. We have students from both teams representing the JMU CWC team on the webinar.

Past Events
Friday, February 19th

Webinar recording

The first of the lunchtime Careers in Energy webinars focused on careers in the solar energy sector. Our panelists for this webinar were:

Patrick Fleming

Patrick has led operations for twenty years across a wide variety of organizations and industries. He had a highly successful 14-year career in the national security sector, building and leading programs in applied research, strategic management, and behavioral science. Patrick left the defense industry to serve as the interim managing executive at a large non-profit organization. After that he switched gears and acquired The Local Market, a small grocery store in his community that specialized in sourcing products from local farms and food entrepreneurs. Prior to joining PowerField® he was the COO of a non-profit research firm. All along the way, Patrick has stoked his passion for entrepreneurship and the creative power of commerce. He has built and led initiatives focused on entrepreneur support and networking and has made early stage direct investments in multiple startups in the ecommerce and health spaces. Patrick has a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University and an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University. He and his wife Mary Elizabeth have two middle school boys.

 

Nick Stoner

Nick Stoner graduated JMU in 2013 with a BS in Biology. After graduation Nick worked as a marine biologist for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) collecting fisheries data aboard commercial fishing vessels. In 2016 Nick attended Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he received a Master’s of Environmental Management with a focus in Renewable Energy and Economics. Nick Joined sPower in 2018 as an Origination analyst working with Utility offtakers across the country. In 2020 Nick transitioned into a new role as an Associated Project Developer working mostly in Virginia developing utility scale solar projects. sPower became AES Clean Energy in January of 2021.

 

Ruth Prideaux

Ruth Prideaux is Director, Project Construction for Dominion Energy. In her role, she is responsible for design, construction and commissioning of the company’s utility scale solar projects for both the regulated and unregulated company entities. She has led the delivery of over 70 solar projects in 10 different states which has ranked Dominion Energy to be the third highest ranked companies in the nation for owned solar capacity among Investor Owned Utility holding companies.

Previously Ruth has held roles in Dominion Energy’s North East Generation Operations, Generation Business Development, Energy Marketing, Energy Efficiency, and Nuclear Business Unit support departments. 

She is LEED-AP certified, received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia. She is also a member of Leadership Metro Richmond class of 2019, and is a Board member of SHINE, a public-private initiative working to advance workforce development for the solar sector in Virginia.

 

Jeffery Meyer

Jeffery Meyer is Senior Legal Counsel with Ørsted Onshore. In his 5 years in the renewable energy field (primarily in utility scale solar development), Jeff has experience in facilitating the development and construction of renewable energy projects through negotiating: contracts for leasing and purchasing real estate; contracts for both the acquisition and disposition of projects, both in development and operational; revenue contracts for the purchase of power generated by projects; and financing documents. Prior to joining Ørsted Onshore, Jeff focused his legal practice primarily in real estate. Jeff holds a JD from University of Richmond School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in finance from James Madison University.

 

Jamie Mears

Jamie Mears is a Project Developer with Ørsted Onshore, specializing in early-stage solar development in the eastern U.S. markets. Prior to moving to Charlottesville, VA to join Ørsted Onshore team last summer, she graduated from James Madison University in May of 2020 with a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology, concentrating in Energy and Sustainability Leadership. As a Collegiate Wind Competition alumna, she competed for three consecutive years and served as the student leader for the 2020 JMU CWC team, who was awarded first place in the 2020 Project Development Contest. 

Friday, February 26th

Webinar Recording

The second of the lunchtime Careers in Energy webinars focused on careers in the wind energy sector. Our panelists for this webinar were:

 

Tamara Williams has over 23 years of experience in higher education leadership. In her most recent role as dean in academic affairs at Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, N.C.), she provided leadership in curriculum and continuing education in the areas of Public Services and Transportation Technology. In her tenure at Central Piedmont, Williams established the first Tesla Start Program in the U.S. and was instrumental in building a workforce development pipeline for Cummins, Inc., through the first Technician Apprentice Program (TAP) in North America. Additionally, she provided campus leadership for the Merancas Campus in Huntersville, N.C.

Prior to her role at Central Piedmont, Williams served as associate vice provost, interim vice provost, and dean of academic affairs at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. While at Owens Community College, she was responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive enrollment management plan focused on student success and developmental education completion. She secured over $2.5 million in external grants designed for higher education reform and career and technical education.

Williams’ previous experience also includes serving as dean of career programs at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Mich., and director of cooperative education and diversity at the University of Toledo. Williams is currently pursing doctoral research in higher education equity and diversity at the University of Toledo working towards a Ph.D. in higher education administration. She holds a master’s degree in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Toledo. In addition to her volunteer commitments to the greater Charlotte community, Williams served on the board for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and the Mooresville/Lake Norman chapter of the United way. She was also named one of the most influential women in Lake Norman in 2015.

 

Casey Reeves is the federal lead for renewable energy development offshore South Carolina.  He has over 12 years of experience in conventional, alternative and renewable energy development and in the permitting of transmission infrastructure on public lands.  He currently coordinates the Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's federal lead agency leasing process for renewable energy projects offshore Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

He has managed the nation’s first ocean current energy project in the Florida Current and developed BOEM's first two offshore renewable energy research leases off Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He has previously served as the Department of the Interior land based wind program lead in the Bureau of Land Management, Renewable Energy Coordination Office.  He has represented the Department of the Interior to the National Interagency Rapid Response Team for Transmission lead by the Executive Office of the Council for Environmental Quality.  He has lead inter-agency leasing and permitting efforts on both the Trans-Alaska Oil and Gas pipelines and on the Atlantic Wind Connection.  Casey recently served as BOEM's technical representative on the Department of Energy funded National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Integration study.  Before working in energy and infrastructure development Casey spent 8 years serving around the world in the United States Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Specialist working on F-16 and F-117 fighter aircraft.  He has a Master’s in Public Administration from Clemson University and a BS and MS in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland’s Asian Campus, Tokyo, Japan.

 

John Larson joined Dominion Energy in 1996 and is currently the Director of Public Policy and Economic Development. During John’s career at the company he has held various leadership positions in business development, alternative energy technologies and construction. He is well versed in offshore wind through his experience in the development and early permitting activities for Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Pilot Project.

Currently, a large part of his time is spent on Dominion Energy’s Business to Business, Workforce Development and Community Outreach activity for as the Company moves forward implementing the requirements of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, including the 16,100 MW of solar, 5,200 MW of offshore wind and 2,700 MW of storage, with the objective of maximizing opportunities for Virginia’s vendors, subcontractors and suppliers.

John resides in Henrico County, Virginia with his wife and has three adult children. He graduated with a B.S in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University.

 

Tyler Cline is a member of Ørsted Onshore’s Origination and Power Marketing team which is responsible for both marketing the power from Ørsted Onshore’s operational fleet as well as originating long-term revenue contracts primarily for the company’s development pipeline. Tyler has experience in originating and closing revenue contracts for over 400MW of wind and solar projects within Onshore’s portfolio. Prior to joining Ørsted Onshore, he spent approximately two years on Coronal Energy’s project development team and seven years as an officer in the U.S. Army. Tyler holds a MBA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy.

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