William M. Moore, Principal
Mr. Moore is one of the most experienced renewable energy developers now active in the Northeastern US. His broad experience in the energy industry, which dates to 1979, encompasses stints as a utility regulatory analyst, a project finance banker, the co-founder of the earliest commercial wind development company to focus on the eastern seaboard, the lead developer of the largest wind energy farm in Eastern North America, and the Chief Executive Officer of the leading offshore wind development company in the US.
In his position at Hudson, Mr. Moore plays a senior management role, overseeing the company's development efforts, and executive level outreach, along with external financing efforts as necessary.
Along with his Hudson Energy colleague, Tim Daniels, Mr. Moore co-founded in 2014 an affiliated solar energy company that has developed and financed the first utility scale solar projects in South Carolina, including several that are now in operation (see Adger Solar).
Before co-founding Hudson, Mr. Moore was the Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind, serving in that capacity from early 2009 until November of 2012. Mr. Moore managed Deepwater Wind’s successful effort to secure regulatory approvals from the Rhode Island Public Utility Commission for the ground breaking Block Island Wind Farm, a 30 MW offshore wind energy and transmission project that is now operating in Block Island Sound, the first such renewable energy project of its kind to be installed in North America. Under his leadership, the company proposed some of the most ambitious renewable energy and transmission projects seen in decades in the Eastern US, including a 900 MW offshore wind farm and 600 MW HVDC transmission system that would interconnect with both the Long Island and New England electric grids.
In 1998 Mr. Moore co-founded Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation, which became the leading developer of commercial wind farms in the eastern US. (Atlantic Renewable was acquired in 2005 by PPM Energy, from Portland, OR.)
Mr. Moore was the lead developer of the first commercial wind projects in upstate New York including the 10 MW Madison and 30 MW Fenner projects, and the 325 MW Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lowville.
The Maple Ridge facility, which Atlantic Renewable co-owned and co-developed with Horizon Wind Energy, remains the largest wind plant in the Eastern North American continent. This project consists of 195 wind turbine generators installed on over 100 adjacent farm properties along a 12-mile long project area on the eastern edge of the Tug Hill plateau, in the towns of Harrisburg, Lowville and Martinsburg, NY; and a companion 10-mile long, 230 kV transmission line that connects the wind farm to National Grid's high voltage system in the western Adirondack region.
As the lead developer of the Maple Ridge project over the seven year development process, Mr. Moore negotiated the more than 150 underlying land leases, and power line and/or road easements; managed the SEQRA permitting effort for the wind farm and the New York Public Service Commission's Article VII review of the new transmission line; and negotiated the PILOT agreement with Lewis County, the multiple host towns and two local school boards.
The story of the six-year-long development saga of the Maple Ridge wind farm was the topic of a cover story in the Natural Resource Development Council's On Earth magazine: http://www.nrdc.org/onearth/07sum/windfarm1.asp
NYSERDA's first demonstration program for large-scale commercial wind in New York State, announced in April of 1998, was instrumental to the success of both the Madison and Fenner wind projects. And the New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard program, adopted by the New York Public Service Commission in 2002-2003, and implemented by NYSERDA beginning in 2004, awarded its first renewable energy purchase contract to the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in 2005.
Mr. Moore also did the early development of Atlantic Renewable's mid-Atlantic wind farms: the 15 MW Mill Run, 6 MW Somerset and 44 MW Meyersdale wind plants (the first commercial wind powered generating facilities in Pennsylvania) along with the 66 MW Mountaineer (WV) wind plant - all of which are now owned and operated by NextEra Energy Resources. Mr. Moore continued to work for PPM Energy on the development of a 500 MW portfolio of wind farms in Northern New York until the end of 2008. (PPM Energy is now part of the Iberdrola Group of companies, the largest owner/operator of wind farms in the world.)
Previous to co-founding Atlantic Renewable Energy Mr. Moore:
- Led the development and financing of the Tierras Morenas and Aeroenergia wind farms in Costa Rica for EnergyWorks, a Landover (MD) based joint venture of PacifiCorp and Bechtel Enterprises
- Evaluated numerous "inside-the-fence" distributed generating projects proposed by Energyworks for large industrial companies in India, Indonesia and the US
- Financed numerous independent power projects for US Generating, a Bethesda, MD based PG&E/Bechtel joint venture, and
- Arranged debt financings, and provided other investment banking services, for a range of utility and independent power clients for CS First Boston in NYC.
Earlier Mr. Moore worked as a regulatory policy analyst for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources, leading the State's early efforts to create efficient markets for independent power projects.
Mr. Moore has been a renewable energy industry thought leader, frequently quoted in a range of industry and mainstream media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Reuters, and Newsday, among others.
Mr. Moore received a BA in Economics and Political Science, cum laude, from Yale College in 1978; studied at the London School of Economics; and also received an MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1988.