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

  • Head of Analytics, Wind Energy


    Job purpose/Position summary

    Responsible for overseeing the development and evolution of operational analytics to support and drive innovation and optimization for NaturEner’s energy forecasting, next generation grid integration and reliability solutions, and NaturEner’s Operating Center, which includes two Wind-Only Balancing Authorities. Also responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and evolving reporting on all wind farm data including SCADA data, energy losses, and interconnection data; and for implementing new metrics and KPIs across the Company including generation, Operator efficiencies, and turbine performance monitoring through the development of automation and productization of operational analytics. The Head of Analytics, Wind Energy will be key to progressing systems and automation in real time operations and predictive analysis.

    Duties and responsibilities

    • Manage and evolve NaturEner’s computational model of hourly commercial operations of a generation portfolio including energy losses and Balancing Authority requirements
    • Assess outcomes and sensitivities of different scenarios and portfolios on operating model, analyze the existing systems, and highlight areas of improvement
    • Lead analysis and projects to evaluate or implement next generation improvement opportunities in Balancing Authority Automation, Energy Loss Monitoring and Generation Forecasting
    • Manage NaturEner’s Operations & Maintenance Model for long-term forecasting and business projections
    • Monitor and report on performance of energy forecasting tools and vendors
    • Analyze and decompose complex business needs into advanced analytics
    • Monitor performance, discover deviations and variances, and propose necessary actions
    • Generate, maintain, and provide data sets and analysis related to commercial development of generating assets for internal and external entities
    • Be an authority in area of grid operations and wind farm optimization
    • Maintain knowledge of industry best practices, and commercial and operational opportunities to improve performance
    • Work with Asset Management team to identify critical reports and processes that could be improved and automated, perform gap analysis and recommend solutions
    • Manage the development and implementation of business rules with the objective to reduce workload, improve decision quality, ensure regulatory and legal compliance, and cut costs
    • Manage routine availability, energy, and performance reporting
    • Build reports, develop Business Intelligence (BI) tools, and perform ad hoc analyses
    • Perform other duties as required

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Analytics, Engineering, Computer Science or related field is required; Master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Statistics preferred
    • 5+ years of wind energy experience in data analytics, data visualization and/or data science
    • Deep experience with various analytics applications including PI and SCADA communication and architecture
    • Deep experience with SQL server reporting and information services (SSRS, SSIS) a plus; Python would be helpful
    • Experience with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning

    Skills/Abilities

    • Must have strong SQL skills
    • Excellent communication skills; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and sound decision-making abilities
    • Ability to create and automate monthly reports and wind energy analytics
    • Ability to recognize complex problems and create and implement efficient solutions to resolve them
    • Ability to effectively communicate plans/results to division management and to executives
    • Ability to understand engineering documents such as resource assessment reports and AutoCAD drawings
    • Ability to understand department/function mission and strategy
    • Ability to understand division level strategies, business plans, and cross-divisional strategies
    • Ability to effectively utilize group dynamics in project, program, or division settings
    • Ability to collaborate effectively with IT, Operations, and Asset Management teams
    • Ability to understand and apply the latest technologies
    • Ability to identify and communicate effective business process outputs and solutions

    Location/Working conditions

    • Position is located in San Francisco, California
    • Works in a typical office environment
    • Travel <10%

    Physical requirements

    • Required to use a computer for extended periods of time
    • Requires ability to occasionally perform physical activities including standing, walking, kneeling, twisting, reaching, and climbing in order to install or inspect equipment

    Direct reports

    None


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