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, CEO of Deepwater Wind during the development of America’s first offshore wind project, and lead developer of the first four utility scale solar projects in South Carolina.
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, in 2014 Mr. Moore co-founded an affiliated solar energy company that has developed and financed the first four utility scale solar projects now operating in South Carolina (see Adger Solar).
Before co-founding Hudson, Mr. Moore was the Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind, managing 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.
Earlier 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 (where Patrick Doyle was the lead developer on Maple Ridge), 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 six 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 local tax agreement.
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.
Previous to co-founding Atlantic Renewable Energy Mr. Moore:
- Developed some of the first commercial wind projects in Costa Rica for a joint venture of PacifiCorp and Bechtel Enterprises
- Financed numerous independent power projects for US Generating, the 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 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.