ReEnergy Holdings Expands Engineering and Maintenance Team
Albany, N.Y. — ReEnergy Holdings LLC, an Albany, N.Y.- based renewable energy company, has expanded its engineering department with two strategic hires in order to meet the needs of the company’s growing portfolio. Ainsworth James of Clifton, NJ, known as “A.J.,” has been named the company’s Manager of Engineering and Maintenance. John Sawyer III of Sidney, ME, has been named the company’s Senior Regional Engineer.
They will be responsible for leading ReEnergy’s engineering team to increase power generation capabilities across the portfolio through improvements to plant reliability, capacity and efficiency.
In December, ReEnergy acquired a portfolio of five U.S. biomass energy-production facilities in Maine and New York from Quebec-based Boralex Inc., growing to approximately 260 employees in four states and a total energy portfolio of 240 megawatts.
“A.J. and John come to us with strong expertise in optimizing the performance of power-generating facilities,” said James White, Director of Energy Operations. “In order for us to effectively meet the needs of our communities for renewable energy, it will be critical for us to maximize facility performance.”
Both men have more than 20 years’ experience in power plant operations, maintenance, planning, engineering and supervision.
Mr. James began his career with the U.S. Naval Service, and then worked for 10 years at American Ref-Fuel in increasingly senior positions. He also worked for AarhusKarlshamn USA and InnovativEnergy. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and also attended Drexel University and the Naval Nuclear Power School.
Mr. Sawyer most recently for Bluewater Energy Solutions as a project manager. Prior to that, he worked for Calpine Corporation for eight years in increasingly senior positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the Maine Maritime Academy.
About ReEnergy Holdings LLC
ReEnergy Holdings LLC, a portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings LLC, owns and operates facilities that use biomass and waste residues to produce renewable thermal and electric energy. ReEnergy was formed in 2008 by affiliates of Riverstone Holdings LLC and senior management/co-investor team comprised of experienced industry professionals. ReEnergy employs 260 and generates 240 megawatts of energy.
The ReEnergy energy facilities include: a 40-megawatt biomass facility in Ashland, ME (ReEnergy Ashland); a 36-megawatt biomass facility in Fort Fairfield, ME (ReEnergy Fort Fairfield); a 40-megawatt biomass facility in Livermore Falls, ME (ReEnergy Livermore Falls); a 50-megawatt biomass facility in Stratton, ME (ReEnergy Stratton); a 22-megawatt biomass facility in Lyons Falls, NY (ReEnergy Lyonsdale); and a 31-megawatt tire-to-energy facility in Sterling (ReEnergy Sterling).
ReEnergy also owns two construction and demolition waste and waste wood processing facilities that service the eastern New England/Boston metropolitan area marketplace (ReEnergy Gateway/LL&S in Salem, NH and ReEnergy Gateway/ERRCO in Epping, NH).