With a combined 90 years of experience in the energy industry, the team at Western Energy Partners is uniquely qualified to build power plants in the West as they have been responsible developing thousands of megawatts of electrical capacity in the region during the course of their careers.
Curt Hildebrand brings over 30 years of experience and leadership in the independent power and renewable energy industries. Mr. Hildebrand has served in a wide array of highly productive management roles in project development, power sales & marketing, project finance, government & regulatory affairs and business development.
Mr. Hildebrand has played a pioneering role in establishing the successful merchant power industry in the U.S. He served as Senior Vice President with Calpine Corporation (1995-2006) and was instrumental in the development, finance, construction and marketing of the company’s 28,000 MW power generation portfolio.
Mr. Hildebrand successfully developed the 578 MW Sutter Energy Center in California in 1999. The $270 million power plant represented the first major project constructed in California under the newly deregulated electricity market without the support of a power purchase agreement. The Sutter project also was the first significant new natural gas-fired project to be licensed by the California Energy Commission (CEC) in well over a decade. The project interconnected directly with the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) system and Mr. Hildebrand successfully led the complex WAPA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and CEC Authority for Construction (AFC) permitting processes in parallel. Sutter went on-line in 2001 and provided critical new generation capacity during the California energy crisis.
Another highlight of Mr. Hildebrand’s development accomplishments was the extremely controversial 608 MW Metcalf Energy Center Project located in San Jose, CA. The highly publicized project faced significant and well-funded local opposition. In spite of the considerable controversy surrounding the project, Mr. Hildebrand led an informational campaign and successfully earned an unprecedented level of public support for Metcalf including U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, Gov. Gray Davis, the California State Assembly (70-0), the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (5-0), the Sierra Club, the American Lung Association, the NAACP, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group and over 70% of local registered voters. The CEC (5-0) granted Metcalf final approvals including the only override of a local jurisdiction in its history and the project successfully reached commercial operation in 2005.
While at Calpine, Mr. Hildebrand served and the General Manager of the Calpine-Bechtel Joint Venture that was established to develop new power projects located in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Under his management, this Joint Venture successfully permitted over 3,200 MW of new capacity and successfully developed the 857 MW Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, CA and the 619 MW Russell City Energy Center in Hayward, CA.
Mr. Hildebrand also served as Senior Vice President – Marketing & Sales for Calpine’s Western Region (WECC). In this role, he and his staff managed business relations and accounts with over 50 customers in the western U.S. and Canada. He was responsible for energy sales and other commercial transactions from the region’s $8 billion portfolio of Calpine generation and natural gas assets. Mr. Hildebrand negotiated, executed and secured regulatory approvals for the first major long-term power purchase agreement with a regulated California utility in over 15 years. Revenues from this transaction exceeded $800 million.
Mr. Hildebrand has testified before the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and numerous other state and local legislative and regulatory agencies. He has an extensive background in all aspects of project development and has been directly responsible for the successful permitting, development, financing and construction of over 4,500 MW of profitable new gas-fired, wind and solar generation projects in California and the Western U.S.
Mr. Hildebrand has also held various technical, finance, development and management roles with Agile Energy, Inc., TSMC Solar North America, Inc., GreenWing Energy Management, Ltd, Magma Power Co. and Unocal Geothermal Corp. His accomplishments within these organizations are highlighted by his pivotal contributions that resulted in the construction of over $5 billion in new energy projects in the U.S. and internationally.
Curt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1985 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.
Dave Perkins brings over 40 years of experience and leadership in the energy sector, including 18 years in independent power development and 24 years in upstream oil and natural gas development. Dave’s expertise includes successful roles in power plant project development, business development, commercial negotiations and contracts, project siting and permitting, and power marketing. Dave has considerable experience related to the development of gas-fired power plants and has worked on solar, wind and alternative energy projects as well.
During his 11 years with Calpine Corporation Dave served in a variety of successful management roles involving the development and construction of over 4000 MW, including Project Director of Calpine’s Colorado Projects including the 620 MW Rocky Mountain Energy Center. Dave also helped to complete development of various acquisition projects including the 520 MW South Point Energy Center and Hermiston Power Project.
As Director of Real Estate for Calpine’s Western Region, Dave provided significant siting, development and environmental permitting contributions for many of the Calpine projects developed throughout the western US. In his marketing and sales role at Calpine, Mr. Perkins was responsible for originating an innovative 150 MW tolling agreement with Safeway, Inc., who at the time, was California’s largest retail customer; Dave also negotiated a creative re-toll of the Calgary Energy Center that represented a $260 million NPV improvement over a prior arrangement.
Mr. Perkins has also held positions as Managing Director of RenErgy, LLC, Senior Director of Project Development for Rentech, Inc., Director of Project Development and Commercial Affairs (Western U. S. and Canada) for Great Point Energy and VP Project Development with Meridian Energy, USA. Dave has worked on projects throughout the US and western Canada.
Mr. Scott is a co-owner and Senior Vice President of Western Energy Partners LLC (WEP). His primary focus at Western is the technical and economic evaluation of gas turbine, steam turbine, HRSG and cooling/condenser arrangements as well as gas supply and EPC scope for the project.
Prior to WEP, Mr. Scott was a principal in Bastion Power Inc., an early stage power development company in British Columbia. Bastion recently had an instrumental role in advancing 2 - 40 MW biomass projects through financial close. The projects each had a total capex of $223 million, and debt notes of $178 million. Financing for the projects was comprised of a consortium of 5 banks, led by BTMU New York. Mr. Scott was the originator of both of the biomass projects, a venture which began in 2007.
Mr. Scott has also been involved in the development and permitting of several gas-fired facilities which include the $550 million Fort Nelson Cogen. The project utilizes GE heavy frame units to generate steam and electricity for the Spectra-owned Fort Nelson Gas Processing facility in Northeast BC. This facility is designed to provide electricity for the upstream component of the LNG facilities being proposed in coastal British Columbia. Mr. Scott has also been involved in the successful development of several LM6000 aero derivative projects while at Bastion Power.
Prior to Bastion Mr. Scott was the Director of Business Development for Pristine Power Inc., an independent power development company which was sold to Veresen Inc. in 2010 for $140 million. Mr. Scott led power project development for the WECC while at Pristine from 2005 to 2010. Projects advanced from the development stage to RFP included 6 biomass facilities (3 PPA’s awarded by BC Hydro totaling 105 MW), 2 waste heat recovery facilities (2 contracts awarded by BC Hydro totaling 11 MW), 4 reciprocating engine facilities (400 MW) and several gas fired facilities (485 MW awarded by OPG, 250 MW awarded by BC Hydro).
While posted in the U.S. Pacific Northwest for a decade, Mr. Scott was the Director of Origination and Business Development for Westcoast Energy and Engage Energy U.S. LP. Mr. Scott was responsible for gas and power origination for the region, as well as the successful siting and development for the Frederickson 1 Generating Station, a 275 MW Frame 7 combined-cycle gas turbine facility.
Mr. Scott has over 27 years of energy industry experience, covering upstream oil and gas operations to power generation development, engineering and operations. Mr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from University of Alberta, and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and British Columbia.