Foresight Wind Energy, LLC, is an affiliate of Foresight Energy
Company, a leading renewable energy consulting group founded in
1996 with extensive consulting experience related to wind power.
Foresight Energy Company's consulting clients and engagements
Foresight Energy's principals founded Foresight Wind Energy, LLC
in 2002 to focus their wealth of experience on developing new wind
projects. We have 180 MW of wind projects ready for construction
in 2007 in New Mexico and Arizona and over 1000 MW of additional
wind projects in various stages of development. Foresight Wind Energy's
personnel draw on a deep pool of experience, both from consulting
work with Foresight Energy Company and long careers in the utility,
power marketing and power project development businesses. Learn
more about Foresight Wind Energy's key personnel
and their experience.
- Wind and other renewable developers - project development
- EPRI - developed and authored the EPRI Wind Technology Assessment
- Utilities and Power Marketers - renewable energy marketing
- California Energy Commission - developed regional renewable
energy supply forecast for the Western US, including all renewable
Selected Foresight Energy Company Consulting Qualifications:
- Wind Technology and Cost Analysis, Electric Power Research
EPRI selected Foresight in 2003 to carry out a major update
of its Wind Technology Assessment Guidebook (TAG) and the accompanying
cost screening model. Foresight was charged with providing a
commercial project developer's perspective and ensuring that
these materials accurately reflect current market trends regarding
wind project development and finance, power contracting, environmental
compliance, turbine and balance of plant technology development,
operational and grid integration issues and costs, as well as
important regulatory developments.
- Renewable Program Support, California Energy Commission
Foresight partnered with Kema-Xenergy to support the CEC
in implementing the new California Renewable Portfolio Standard
legislation. Foresight tasks included evaluation of benchmark
pricing for various renewable technologies, as well as a full
analysis of renewable supply potential in California and across
- Wind Project Marketing, SeaWest Windpower, Inc.
SeaWest, a leading independent wind developer globally,
commissioned Foresight to seek power purchase agreements or
a buyer for a group of wind projects. Foresight identified and
worked with a range of potential power and project buyers, providing
detailed market, economic and financial analyses, and brokered
a final acquisition agreement for several large wind projects.
- Renewable Procurement Strategy, Green Power Market Development
The Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG) is a consortium
of Fortune 500 companies brought together under the auspices
of the World Resources Institute and Businesses for Social Responsibility
for the purpose of catalyzing corporate markets for renewable
energy. Membership includes IBM, General Motors, DuPont, Alcoa,
Pitney Bowes, Cargill Dow, Interface, Delphi Electronics and
Kinko's. Foresight provided technical support to the group,
identifying, analyzing and structuring opportunities for procurement
of renewable energy that maximize environmental benefit and
market development, while minimizing cost.
- Green Power Procurement & Marketing, Enron Power Marketing
In 1997, Enron Power Marketing contracted Foresight to act
as its agent in developing both the supply and demand sides
of the wholesale green power market in the Western U.S. In the
process, Foresight worked closely with all significant retailers
in California, helping them structure and position retail green
product offerings and entered power purchase agreements with
a wide range of wind and other renewable projects for supply.
Enron offered to acquire Foresight in 1998. After refusing that
offer, Foresight terminated its relationship with Enron in 1999.
- Green Power Market Assessment for New Wind Projects, enXco
EnXco, a leading operator and developer of wind generation,
hired Foresight to assess wholesale green power market opportunities
and strategies for bringing new wind generation to market, including
Renewable Energy Credit marketing strategies.
- Investment Strategy, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF)
CCEF is charged with investing the renewable system benefits
charge funds for the State of Connecticut. Foresight partnered
with Booz, Allen & Hamilton's Utilities Practice to develop
a detailed analysis of the market and market prospects for a
full range of renewable energy technologies in the Northeast
and to develop an investment strategy that will create a balanced
portfolio of renewable technology and project development investments.
- Green Power Contract Development, Kinko's and Green Mountain
Green Mountain Energy retained Foresight to assist in structuring
its offer to Kinko's, including steering it though regulatory
issues and insuring that each Kinko's location received an optimized
service package. Kinko's was GreenMountain's first national
scale commercial customer and Foresight worked extensively with
Kinko's to assess its needs and with GreenMountain to develop
the required capabilities to serve those needs.
- Marketing Biomass Generation Plant, Biomass Energy Developer
Foresight worked to structure the sale of an existing 25-megawatt
biomass power plant to a large agricultural products company.
The structure would allow the buyer to maintain its current
electricity supply contracts and provider, while using ownership
of the plant to hedge its exposure to electricity and natural
gas price increases. The plant can also utilize the buyer's
agricultural byproducts and waste streams as fuel, providing
a high-value use for its waste streams, mitigating environmental
regulatory liability related to the waste streams, and further
hedging electricity price risk.
- Wind Power Procurement Assessment, Major Multinational
Booz, Allen & Hamilton retained Foresight to develop strategies
and transactions by which a major multinational, non-utility
client could utilize purchases of wind power to reduce electricity
costs, hedge electricity price volatility, serve load and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
- Assessment of Real-Time Pricing Impacts on Retail Electricity
Markets & Distributed Technologies, E Source
E Source, a leading technology information provider to the
utility industry, commissioned Byrne Associates (precursor to
Foresight) to research and co-author a major strategic issues
paper on the advent of real-time price volatility in retail
power markets and on applications for on-site load control and
distributed generation technologies to mitigate volatility risk.
This report is only available to E Source subscribers.
- Renewable Availability & Cost Assessment, Major Southeastern
The Brattle Group, a major Boston based management consulting
firm, retained Foresight to lead the development of a renewable
resource availability and cost assessment, as well as a renewable
procurement strategy for a major Southeastern utility.
- Commercial Scale Solar Project Marketing, PowerLight, Inc.
PowerLight, the leading national integrator of commercial
scale photovoltaic installations, engaged Foresight to plan
a marketing strategy and to develop the green power market for
its products. This work included a detailed investigation of
PV costs and market barriers.
- Business Plan Development, Green-e Program, Center for
The Center for Resource Solutions, manager of the Green-e
green power certification program, retained Foresight to develop
strategies and a business plan to grow Green-e nationally and
to incorporate new market developments.
- Green Power Market Assessment and Strategic Review, Suncor
Suncor, a major Canadian producer of fossil fuels, commissioned
Foresight to assess retail and wholesale green power market
opportunities, as well as opportunities for renewable generation
- Commercial Green Power Product Development, PG&E Energy
PG&E Energy Services, a leading retailer to commercial/industrial
customers prior to its prior to its acquisition by Enron, used
Foresight to help it structure green power products and content
for sale to national accounts.
- Assessment of California Green Power Market Experience,
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERT)
an advocacy organization with membership including renewable
generators and leading national environmental groups, commissioned
Foresight to write a major white paper detailing the California
green power market experience to date from a retail marketer
business perspective. The report focuses on the residential
segment and is used to educate regulators and market participants
nationally. It is available at http://www.ceert.org/.
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