New York (Vocus) September 26, 2007
The Conti Group, a 100 year-old diversified construction and engineering services firm, announced today the formation of Alternity Wind Power, LLC, as a late stage, integrated developer of utility-scale wind farm projects in North America. The spin-off will work with early stage wind project developers to engineer, construct and commission wind power operations across North America.
Alternity Wind Power currently is establishing partnerships with early stage wind project developers, landowners, turbine manufacturers, utilities and local communities to develop wind farms with capacities of 50 MW or greater. The firm plans to create a portfolio of more than 2100 MW of wind power capacity in North America by 2012.
ÂToday, there is a void in the wind energy marketplace: too few companies are willing to build fair partnerships with early stage wind project developers,Â said Jack Gelman, Alternity Wind Power President and CEO. ÂThat is where Alternity Wind Power comes in.Â
ÂAlternity Wind Power was founded with the idea of building Âwin/winÂ relationships, by providing early stage developers with the resources they need to bring their wind projects to completion.Â
As an integrated project developer, Alternity Wind Power will draw upon the engineering and construction expertise of its lead investor, The Conti Group. The Conti GroupÂs project management heritage will enable Alternity Wind Power to significantly reduce the frictional costs that result when different entities control the development and construction phases. In addition, as a turnkey contractor, Alternity Wind Power will utilize The Conti GroupÂs expertise in project management best practices and value engineering to bring projects in under budget and ahead of schedule
A Strong Partner
Alternity Wind PowerÂs status as a turnkey late stage development and construction integrator positions it to be an excellent partner for early stage developers who will benefit from the financial, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning expertise that Alternity Wind Power will bring to their projects.
ÂCurrently, developers of wind projects often come up against obstacles that prevent them from moving their wind projects beyond the early stage,Â said Gelman.
ÂWe intend to position ourselves as the preferred partner for these early stage developers, enabling them to move their projects ahead quickly and efficiently.Â
In partnership with The Conti Group and other leading design, engineering and construction firms, Alternity Wind Power plans to work with early stage wind project developers to:
Â Raise financing
Â Procure wind turbines
Â Negotiate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)
Â Secure federal, state and local tax credits
Â Design and engineer wind projects
Â Construct and commission projects
Â Oversee O&M Services
Alternity Wind Power is in the process of identifying of partners with Âconstruction readyÂ sites. Many smaller developers/owners of such sites with suitable wind resources, willing landowners and nearby transmission lines are themselves seeking partners that can either help them complete development and begin construction on new projects or complete construction on projects already begun.
Unlike others, Alternity Wind Power plans to use a ÂteamÂ approach on wind projects. Gelman said, ÂWe will partner with all interested stakeholders to ensure that everyone benefits significantly from these projects.Â
Alternity Wind Power is developing partnerships with leading turbine producers and major players in both the primary and secondary market for wind generating equipment. Further, Alternity Wind PowerÂs business strategy includes the building of strong relationships with landowners, utilities to which power will be supplied and governmental/agency authorities in each jurisdiction.
Wind PowerÂs Potential
ÂWind power is the most cost-competitive form of renewable energy available today and, in good locations, its generation costs are very close to those of coal and natural gas,Â said Gelman. ÂWe believe wind power has the potential to eventually supply up to 20 percent of U.S. electricity needs.Â
ÂMoreover, concerns about global warming, U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources, and the rising cost of fossil fuels are growing. Given all this, we expect Federal and state governments to continue to promote the development of renewable energy in North America over the next few decades, creating a regulatory and a tax climate increasingly favorable to wind power,Â Gelman explains.
Supporting this claim, Gelman notes that twenty-six states in the U.S. have already taken steps to enact Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) to increase the amount of power generated by renewable energy sources in their states, and that the Federal Production Tax Credit offers a 1.9 cent per kilowatt hour incentive to wind power owners.
An Experienced Team
Alternity Wind Power is led by President and CEO Jack Gelman, a seasoned veteran in building and restructuring businesses. He comes to Alternity Wind Power from his consultancy, Gelman and Associates, LLC, where he provided companies with corporate governance advice and business development services. Previously he was a Global Managing Partner at Arthur Anderson. He spent his early career at Procter & Gamble and General Mills. He is a member of The Conti GroupÂs Advisory Board.
R. James Ansell, Alternity Wind PowerÂs Chief Development Officer, has extensive experience in financing, developing and operating renewable energy projects, most recently as a founder and managing director of TruEnergy Consulting LLP, an Arizona-based early stage renewable energy project developer. He also served as president of Generation Resources, a Kansas private investment firm that finances, owns and operates renewable energy projects
Alternity Wind PowerÂs Chief of Operations, Bob Ballard, has significant experience developing and operating nuclear, fossil fuel and renewable energy project. Most recently, he was a Senior Project Management Executive at NRG Energy. There, he led an environmental retrofit project involving 13 plants in four sites. Prior to NRG, Ballard held similar project development and construction management roles with PSEG Global, Westinghouse, Gibbs & Hill and PB Power.
Todd Martin, Alternity Wind PowerÂs Vice President of Business Development comes from Conti, where he was Manager of Business Development. He has more than 25 years of experience in client relationship management and sales. Martin also has experience in operations management and strategy including positions where he helped drive growth through activities such as site selection, store construction, site openings and establishing standard operating systems.
Spector and Associates for Alternity Wind Power