Leadership team

Board of directors

John Moynihan (Chair)

John Moynihan has nearly 25 years of combined experience in cogeneration, energy management, procurement, and systems design.

Mr. Moynihan is the Managing Partner of Cogen Power Technologies, an award-winning energy consulting firm and authority in cogeneration technology, operations, and power system optimization. He is responsible for guiding the mission of the firm, executive management, business development, operations, and technical oversight of all client projects. Mr. Moynihan’s expertise is focused on the resolution of highly technical electrical issues associated with interconnecting new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants with the local utility’s electrical distribution system.

With a background in electrical engineering, Mr. Moynihan got his start in the CHP industry through managing the development of Burrstone Energy Center, Upstate NY’s first modern CHP microgrid project. Now Managing Partner, he has led Cogen Power Technologies to become a frontrunner and innovator in providing all-inclusive onsite cogeneration services –bridging the gap between the technology and the practical application for end users. His signature projects include cogeneration plants at Albany Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, and Union College.

Mr. Moynihan has become recognized as a thought leader in the field of cogeneration and an active participant and featured speaker, panelist, and collaborator for many National associations and State agencies.

Jack Griffin (Vice Chair)

Jack is the vice president and general manager of SourceOne’s Boston operations. He is a proven leader and has played a pivotal role in growing the SourceOne business. Jack is also a highly experienced engineer and an expert in all aspects of energy systems development and application. Prior to his current role, Jack was SourceOne’s director of energy systems. His focus on energy strategic plans, energy efficiency programs, and energy systems development strengthens his ability to make strategic business decisions, while keeping operational impact and benefits in mind.

Prior to joining Source One, Jack held a variety of engineering, consulting and operational roles with NSTAR Electric & Gas, AECOM Energy, Eastern Enterprises, and Boston Gas.

Robert Loughney (Secretary)

Mr. Loughney is Chair of the Couch White’s Energy practice groups. For more 30 years, he has concentrated on providing advice to clients on energy-related transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. He regularly appears before the State of New York Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Bob also has represented dozens of clients throughout the nation in contract negotiations involving energy issues, including interconnection, operating and energy supply agreements.

Bob focuses primarily on advising business and municipal clients on identifying their strategic energy goals and putting together a plan to achieve those goals. Those goals typically include how to reduce energy costs, ensure reliable supply, promote economic development and attain sustainability goals.

Bob also works with clients to analyze on-site generation opportunities and, where feasible, develop and site those facilities. As part of that process, he has negotiated energy supply contracts between developers and customers, as well as other related agreements including easements, lease arrangements and asset purchase agreements. In addition, the he has represented developers in negotiations with equipment suppliers and utilities. Bob routinely works with utilities in New York State on behalf of clients on a range of issues related to on-site generation projects such as interconnection agreements for combined heat and power (“CHP”) plants, gas pipeline extension agreements, negotiation of standby rates, delivery and supply contracts, power buyback agreements, tariff and rate reviews, operations and maintenance agreements and flexible rate agreements.

Bob often speaks as an expert on energy-related issues at national conferences. He also appears regularly in major contested matters before regulatory bodies.

David Ahrens (Treasurer)
John Rathbun

John Rathbun is an Energy Professional with over 31 years of experience. He is currently an Energy Integration Specialist with the Customer Energy Integration Team at National Grid. The CEI team interacts with customers interconnecting DG equipment with National Grid’s electric distribution system. John is the subject matter expert on CHP for National Grid. John is a Registered Commercial Gas Consultant (RCGC) with GTI and a Certified Professional in Distributed Generation (DGCP) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the AEE. John represents National Grid in a number of CHP related Associations and Committees. He sat on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and was the Secretary of the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) for many years. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the North East Clean Heat and Power Initiative (NECHPI) since 2007. John is the Past Chair and has held several leadership roles since 2007. He was Co-Chair of the Energy Solutions Center CHP Consortium and a past member of the AGA CHP working group. John was awarded the CHP Industry Champion Award by the USCHPA in 2011. He has a degree in Architectural Technology and a degree in Alternative Energy Technology.

Herb Dwyer

Herbert Dwyer joined NECHPI in 2014 and has served as its Chair since August 2015. Since 2006, he has founded, or co-founded, 11 companies in the real estate, energy efficiency, and finance industries. Dwyer spent 7 years as the President/CEO of ASI Energy Inc, where he oversaw 300 design-builds in energy efficiency and Combined Heat and Power. Mr. Dwyer has spoken on behalf of the CHP industry in both Washington and Albany in lobbying efforts. His dissatisfaction with the current lack of financial evaluation and funding mechanisms for CHP projects led to his consulting company, Herbert Dwyer Consulting, LLC, recent work with CHP equity investment start-up Empower Equity.

In addition to his time in energy efficiency, Dwyer spent four years as the Sales Manager of a large real estate brokerage where he oversaw 74 licensed agents and $134M in annual real estate sales. He also worked as a General Manager for FedEx where his area rose to second of 1,200 regions in sales during his tenure. Dwyer is a United States Marine and previously held a DoD Top Secret SCI Security Clearance while serving as a cryptanalyst and platoon sergeant.

Ruben Brown

Early in his career Brown made inputs to global, national and metropolitan environmental, materials and energy policy from bases at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, MIT, the National Research Council, and the Council on the Environment of New York City. With a five-year stint directing the Center for Regional Technology at Polytechnic Institute of New York (now part of NYU) he oriented to energy issues in northeastern North America, especially alternative energy technology, including cogeneration, small and large hydro development, resource recovery and clean air policy.

He became a small hydro developer for four years, sharing ownership in two projects; that evolved into a five-year consulting partnership to assist industrial sites in many states to build out alternative power and cogeneration facilities. In 1986 he was an invited witness at the first US Senate Commerce Committee Oversight Hearing on the Public Utilities Reform Policies Act of 1978.

In 1989 he created the E Cubed Company, providing strategic consulting services to individuals and small and large organizations “at the exponential interface of energy, economics and environment”. E Cubed provides representation and intervention assistance in local, State, regional and Federal Energy institutions and especially at wholesale market institutions, such as Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) e.g. NYISO and ISONE. As a Registered Foreign Agent for the Grand Council of the Crees (of Quebec), Mr. Brown helped lead to the 1992 cancellation a $12 B import contract that deferred construction of mega-scale hydroelectric plants in the Crees’ hunting ranges east of James Bay. This was “one of the first times that government officials had undertaken a large-scale economic review that compared the value of energy conservation against large-scale energy purchases.” (New York Times, March 28, 1992).

Tom Bourgeois
Dana Levy (Ex-Officio)

Dr. Dana Levy joined NYSERDA in 1999 and is program manager for On-Site Power Production. His team offers financial incentives to help customers acquire on-site electric power generating Combined Heat and Power (CHP -- also known as cogeneration) systems fueled by natural gas or CNG or propane that can run in parallel with the utility grid every day to minimize energy expenses and reduce carbon footprint. The systems also run during a utility grid outage to enhance the resiliency of the host building. He is a licensed professional engineer. Levy is a recipient of the USCHPA CHP Champion Award and the NECHPI CHP Champion Award, is a founding member of NECHPI, and serves on the NECHPI Board.

Lauren Ray

Lauren Ray is business development manager with GEM Energy, LLC for New York State combined heat and power (CHP) systems and service and has seven years of experience developing CHP solutions that employ Capstone MicroTurbines for commercial, industrial, municipal, and institutional customers in New York State. Her direct CHP project experience includes applications in manufacturing, hospitals, universities, and wastewater treatment plants.
Lauren’s previous professional experience includes mechanical design of a novel dual-axis solar tracker with a start-up company and developing sustainability programs with the City of Flagstaff. Prior to this, Lauren was part of the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY, contributing to the research and development of hybrid electric vehicles, smart homes and microgrids.
Lauren has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and a master of science in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Vishnu Barran

Vishnu Barran, Regional Development Manager – Cogeneration and Energy Services at Martin Energy Group LLC., is a Chartered Engineer and PE with 24 years’ experience in an engineering environment. Industry experience ranging from petrochemical & pharmaceutical plant design, materials handling equipment, building services engineering, energy and sustainability in buildings.
Mr. Barran worked in Europe for 20 years and in 2012 re-located to the New York City metropolitan region. Mr. Barran focuses on holistic energy solutions, energy conservation measures, and on-site generation(DG) of power, heat, cooling, and steam. Additionally, he works on ESA/PPA/ESCP/Capital contracts, carbon abatement, fiscal energy reduction, and funding for private and public clients. Prior to his work in the United States, Mr. Barran was based out of the UK working for an international Cogeneration Packager. During his career, Mr. Barran has helped develop over 400 CHP projects around the world.

Previous positions include • Sales Manager – ENERG Rudox Inc • Design Engineering Manager at ACDP UK Ltd. • Contracts Manager for ThyssenKrupp AG (UK). • Design Engineer at Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd
His Education/Qualifications inclulde:
• MEng – Mechanical Engineering, UK • BEng (hons) – Mechanical Engineering, UK • HND – Higher National Diploma Mechanical Engineering • OND – National Diploma Mechanical Engineering • ECITB – Engineering Construction Industry Training Board • PE – Professional Engineer • CEM – Certified Energy Manager • LEED Green Associate – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design • MCIBSE – Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (UK) • MIMechE – Chartered Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK) • AutoCAD – City and Guilds level 1, 2 & 3 + 3D • PDMS – 3D Petrochemical software Intergraph Microstation

Tom Converse
Jim Koontz

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