NaturEner USA and NaturEner Canada develop and operate utility scale renewable projects in North America. Using advanced renewable integration solutions and leveraging ownership of strategic transmission positions, we unlock and optimize renewable generation.

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Projects

Since 2006, NaturEner USA has been unlocking development opportunities by planning, building and integrating large renewable energy projects. We work with local governments, communities, landowners and other stakeholders to deploy clean energy in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. We operate 399 MW of wind in Montana and are actively developing sites in Alberta, Canada.

  • Headquarters

    San Francisco, California

    Main office and NOC

  • Glacier Wind 1

    Glacier, Montana:

    106.5 MW, COD December 2008

  • Glacier Wind 2

    Glacier, Montana:

    103.5 MW, COD: October 2009

  • Rim Rock

    Toole, Montana:

    189 MW, COD December 2012

  • Calgary Office

    Calgary, Canada:
  • Wild Rose 1

    Cypress County, Alberta:

    210 MW Fully Permitted and Construction Ready

  • Buffalo Trail Wind

    100 MW - Early Stage Development

  • Ross Creek Wind

    100 MW - Early Stage Development

  • Wild Rose 2

    Cypress County, Alberta:

    210 MW Fully Permitted and Construction Ready

  • MATL

    Transmission Line:

    Own northbound capacity (300 MW). COD October 2013

  • Prairie Home

    Early development

We invest for the long term and commit to making a positive impact by hiring local staff, adhering to the needs of communities, and protecting the natural environment.

Headquarters

San Francisco, California

Main office and NOC

Glacier Wind 1

Glacier, Montana

106.5 MW, COD December 2008

Glacier Wind 2

Glacier, Montana

103.5 MW, COD: October 2009

Rim Rock

Toole, Montana

189 MW, COD December 2012

Calgary Office

Calgary, Canada

Wild Rose 1

Cypress County, Alberta

210 MW Fully Permitted and Construction Ready

Buffalo Trail Wind

100 MW - Early Stage Development

Ross Creek Wind

100 MW - Early Stage Development

Wild Rose 2

Cypress County, Alberta

210 MW Fully Permitted and Construction Ready

Prairie Home

Early Development

MATL

Own northbound capacity (300 MW). COD October 2013

MATL

Own northbound capacity (300 MW). COD October 2013

NOC

NATURENER OPERATING CENTER

NOC (NaturEner Operating Center), the epicenter of our operations, has recently deployed GE’s “full suite” E-Terra redundant utility grade Energy Management System (EMS). Operating 24/7, our WECC/NERC certified platform delivers a full suite of services required to integrate NaturEner USA’s portfolio of assets.

Scheduling and balancing capabilities and services include:

NaturEner USA's wind-only Balancing Authorities, NaturEner Power Watch, LLC and NaturEner WindWatch, LLC, have provided stable and robust support to NaturEner USA’s energy integration activities since 2008 and 2012 (respectively). The NOC works day and night to maximize its output and deliver high value generation products in a reliable and compliant manner.

NaturEner USA has prototyped and deployed our products and services for over eight years. We are proud and optimistic as we lead the charge in building a clean energy future for the next generation.

Stewardship

We take an active role in the communities and environments we operate in. Our environmental and community stewardship programs go above and beyond what is required: We believe in investing in the land and in the people who make NatureEner possible.

Avian Conservation Program

From adaptive design to extensive voluntary biomonitoring, NaturEner USA has proven itself as an industry leader in conservation. We go above and beyond to protect local raptor populations, and we’ve developed extensive monitoring and conservation programs for eagles, bats and waterfowl at all our sites.

Our objective with every wind farm is to site, design, construct, and operate in an environmentally sustainable manner by avoiding or minimizing any adverse impacts to wildlife and their habitats. We aim to understand the natural conditions of each unique site. We solicit input from governmental and naturalist organizations as our conservation programs grow and evolve.

Landowners and Community development

Through partnership with NaturEner, landowners enjoy financial, environmental, and social benefits

Our team has a successful history of working with landowners to develop and operate wind farms throughout North America. NaturEner USA’s projects are both environmentally and financially beneficial. We are committed to developing positive and trusting partnerships with landowners that will last for the lifetime of each energy project.

Local communities thriving

Local communities enjoy new opportunities and great benefits from our renewable energy projects. In all our projects, NaturEner USA works together with community members to develop renewable energy solutions that benefit us all.

The benefits of our renewable energy projects extend to the local towns, counties and states where we work. We create new jobs, improve roads and other infrastructure, contribute to local tax jurisdictions, and provide new business opportunities for local retailers and service providers.

Strong community relations and open communication are fundamental to the success of our work. From the beginning of each project, our teams keep stakeholders abreast of their progress and foster an open dialogue with community members to address concerns and expectations.

Our Leadership

  • José María Sánchez Seara

    Prior to joining NaturEner USA ten years ago, José María held executive management positions in the European energy sector, where he was responsible for strategy, growth and development, engineering, sales, and overall business relationships. He was a founding partner for Proyectos De Cogeneración, S.L., DeWind Iberia S.A. and Proyedeco Ingeniería y Servicios, S.L. He began his career two decades ago at Deutz Energy in Spain.

    José María has sat on different boards of companies developing and operating cogeneration, hydro, solar and wind energy projects. He earned his degree in Naval Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Since 2010, he’s been a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization), SF Bay chapter.

    “Wind power could supply more than several times current worldwide consumption of electricity and total global use of energy in all forms,” he says. “And levelized cost of renewable electricity is cheaper than fossil fuel-based electricity, even without considering some other benefits. Time to move on.”

  • Candace Saffery Neufeld

    Chief Operating Officer

    As Chief Operating Officer, Candace is responsible for the performance, health and safety of all operating assets and activities including our wind farms in Montana, our NOC (NaturEner Operating Center), our two Balancing Authorities and our world class Environment and Conservation programs. A results oriented work enthusiast, she drives high performance, analytics and dynamic growth across the organization.

    Candace has 15 years of senior management experience in the renewable energy space, including executive leadership roles at NRG Home Solar and Pure Energies. A key player in the early stage growth at Sungevity, she joined the company as the third employee and developed trend setting products such as the iQuote and OurSungevity while building teams and raising funds. Candace has extensive experience in raising capital, M&A and managing change.

    She earned her Executive MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a degree in Chemistry from Trinity Western University.

    “The realization of renewable energy fundamentally disrupts the essence of the doomsday environmental narrative,” she says. “It shows we are capable of change. The future is ours to shape.”

  • Marc DeNarie

    Chief Information Officer

    As Chief Information Officer, Marc is responsible for all of NaturEner's information and operational technologies, cyber security, and compliance.

    A veteran of the public and federal utility energy sectors, Marc has three decades of experience in executive management, technical leadership, and power operations management. Before joining NaturEner, he was Regional Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy in the Sierra Nevada region, where he proposed and managed multiple large-scale technology initiatives. During that time, he also chaired the Critical Information and Infrastructure Management subcommittee.

    Marc is well known throughout the western United States for his expertise in control system architectural design, deployment and operations. He has extensive experience with the smart grid, grid automation and the integration of renewable generation. During his post at Hawaiian Electric Industries in 2012, Marc was instrumental in developing reliability standards throughout the islands, and he integrated the first wind farm on Maui in 2005.

    Marc began his career at Pacific Gas & Electric in 1986. He holds degrees in Computer Science, Data Processing, and Information Technology Management. Marc has also earned internationally recognized certifications in information systems, secure software, systems and network auditing, wireless network auditing, incident handling, and forensic analysis.

  • Nancy Murray

    Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

    As Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Nancy is responsible for overseeing all the legal and regulatory affairs of the business and its development projects.

    Prior to joining NaturEner, Nancy served as Deputy General Counsel at Calpine Corporation, one of the largest independent power producers in the United States, where she was involved in everything from the acquisition, development, financing, construction, operation, and marketing of power from geothermal and natural gas power plants. Earlier in her career, Nancy was a partner in the Project Development Group at Thelen Reid & Priest, where she developed expertise in corporate governance, project acquisition and development, real estate, securities, energy regulatory compliance, and commodity marketing and trading law.

    Nancy earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, and a degree in Humanities. from the University of Chicago.

  • Greg Copeland

    Vice President, Development - NaturEner USA

    As the Vice President of Development, Greg oversees the development of renewable resources across the U.S.

    Greg joined NaturEner in 2008 following successful careers in hydro and solar development, domestic and international environmental assessment and remediation, and nuclear energy operation, maintenance and refueling. He has held a number of executive management positions in operations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, environmental health and safety, and engineering management. Greg also served 12 years in the United States Navy in a variety of leadership positions, where his final role included providing regulatory oversight and monitoring of contractor nuclear power plant operations, maintenance, and training.

    Greg earned his degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from the Naval Reactor's Engineering Institute.

    “When renewable energy becomes a substantial portion of our national energy mix, it will help to ensure that the less fortunate members of society will not have to choose between heating their house or feeding their kids,” he says. “I’m excited that renewable energy projects help to diversify the income sources for farmers and ranchers so that inter-generational transfers of traditional family farming operations can actually be realized.”

  • Shannon Wever

    Vice President, Development - NaturEner Canada

    As Vice President of Renewables Development for Canada, Shannon is responsible for our wind and solar developments in Canada and manages our Calgary based office.

    Shannon has 16 years of experience in the Canadian electricity sector with much of that time focused both on the Alberta electricity market and in wind energy development, but also other technologies including solar, hydro and gas fired electricity projects. Shannon has led the technical and commercial development of new electricity projects across Canada and the western U.S. with new power generation business development teams with a number of Alberta based power generation companies.

    In recognition of Shannon’s leadership in the wind energy sector in Canada, she was elected in 2011 to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

    Shannon started her career with the federal government in the areas of environmental assessment and aboriginal treaty negotiations in British Columbia.

    Shannon earned a MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Murdoch University in Australia, and an undergraduate bachelor of science degree in Physical Geography and Ecology from the University of Calgary.

    Shannon is based in Calgary, Alberta.

    “What excites me most about renewable energy is the possibility that in my lifetime we can transition our sources of electricity to cleaner technologies like wind and solar”.

  • Rosaura Velasquez

    Director of Human Resources - NaturEner USA & Canada

    As Director of Human Resources, Rosaura is responsible for all aspects of HR functions.

    Rosaura brings more than ten years of experience in employee relations, benefits administration and recruiting to her role. Prior to joining NaturEner, she held senior HR positions in the food & beverage and advertising industries. She has extensive experience designing and implementing HR programs in a start-up environment and managing diverse workforces.

    Rosaura earned a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University and a degree in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She also received a Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification from Society of Human Resource Management.

Join our team

If you want to join an exciting team that is actively developing clean energy projects, driving innovative renewable power integration solutions and tenaciously protecting the relationships we have with the local communities and environment, we want to hear from you! Take a look at our current job openings.

If you don’t see the perfect fit but feel you have something to offer NaturEner USA, please reach out. We are always looking for bright, motivated people to join our team and help create the next generation of renewable energy products.

Open positions

  • Compliance Manager – San Francisco, CA


    Job purpose/Position summary

    The selected candidate will administer NaturEner’s Compliance Programs, functioning as an independent and objective body, reviewing and evaluating compliance issues, concerns, and requirements within the organization as they relate to electric utility regulatory agencies. The primary responsibility is to maintain a compliance program for the Company’s three wind farms and two wind-only Balancing Authorities, monitoring and implementing the applicable NERC and WECC Reliability Standards. These responsibilities may be extended to cover similar functions for third parties for whom NaturEner may provide certain services. Other compliance responsibilities may include compliance related to CAISO, CARB, CEC, CPUC, DOE/EIA and FERC rules and regulations.

    The position reports directly to the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and is responsible for ensuring NaturEner’s Electric and Wind Energy operations, Information/Operating Technology and EMS control systems, and its employees are in compliance with the laws and regulations of the applicable regulatory agencies.

    Duties and responsibilities

    • Work with NaturEner’s IT/OT, Operations, Maintenance, and Engineering groups to ensure compliance with applicable NERC/WECC GO/GOP and BA standards
    • Manage the development of compliance plans, specifications, and standards for the Electric Generation and Balancing Authority portfolio assets
    • Manage the development and implementation of certain training materials in compliance with the RRO, State, and Federal requirements for GO, GOP, BA and interconnections
    • Work with the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer to develop policies, requirements, and guidelines for various utilities operations
    • Participate in monthly and quarterly regulatory coordination meetings with neighboring utility agencies
    • Utilize and maintain database programs to track compliance records, training records, and regulatory changes
    • Maintain compliance artifacts, standards, and work flows in AssurX compliance management system
    • Conduct annual audits of NaturEner’s Compliance Programs and prepare status reports for senior management
    • Make recommendations to improve efficiency of NaturEner’s Compliance Programs and resolve issues as they arise
    • Maintain regular and frequent contact with internal departments; coordinate audit priorities and vendor training, factory monitoring, corrective action, documentation and reporting
    • Manage Compliance Program budget, schedules, deadlines, and related programs
    • Plan and assess operational goals and objectives related to NaturEner’s regulatory compliance functions and programs
    • Develop plans and schedules, identify Subject Matter Experts and other resources, develop and implement strategies, and oversee intra-departmental coordination
    • Communicate compliance-related issues and risks to executive staff
    • Work with supervisors and line employees on compliance-related issues, make recommendations, evaluate needs, and provide coaching and training as needed
    • Maintain and update records for the Compliance Program
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

    • A minimum of two (2) to five (5) years of related experience in the execution of an electric utility compliance program including NERC and WECC audit participation with demonstrated work in electric utility compliance practices, policies, and procedures set by governing authorities
    • Must pass an employee background check
    • Must possess a valid California Class C Driver’s License with the ability to maintain insurability under NaturEner’s vehicle insurance program
    • Knowledge of Utility Power generation and operating principles
    • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices
    • Project management and scheduling experience
    • Understanding of various alternative analysis concepts such as cost/benefit, life cycle, etc.
    • Understanding of Electrical Utility Reliability Standards, concepts, and operations
    • Bachelor’s degree, NERC Certification, or experience providing comparable expertise desirable
    • Electrical Engineering background and/or working knowledge of GE EMS control systems a plus

    Skills/Abilities

    • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to effectively prioritize workflow and stay on top of constantly changing priorities and projects
    • Ability to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and standards in coordination with the Company’s Subject Matter Experts and other staff
    • Strong problem-solving skills and sound decision-making abilities
    • Strong communication skills; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others
    • Strong data processing, spreadsheet, and computer skills as they relate to reporting, system planning, and analysis

    Location/Working conditions

    Position is based in San Francisco, California

    Position is on-call or available for call-out

    Occasional travel required (<10%) 

    Physical requirements

    Required to use a computer for extended periods of time

    Required to sit for long periods of time

    Direct reports

    None

    Apply for this position careers@naturener.us