As the energy sector increasingly shifts from one-way, static power grids to two-way, dynamic power infrastructure, Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN) today announced strategic alliances with established energy and industrial sector powerhouses Schneider Electric and The Carlyle Group.
DEN also announced that it has rounded out its leadership ranks by acquiring an executive team from Hitachi and RET Capital with decades of experience in development, technology and innovative financial structures.
“We established a platform to own and operate microgrids and distributed energy resources (DER) to serve organizations and institutions – from campuses to hospitals and the military – that demand predictable pricing and efficient, reliable energy,” said DEN CEO Karen Morgan.
“Working together with Schneider Electric and The Carlyle Group, we aim to transform the market to deliver holistic Energy-as-a-Service with innovative financial and technology solutions.”
Energy-as-a-Service – such as discrete energy infrastructure systems that can operate either in connection with or independent of the utility grid for a customer – could grow to a $221 billion global business by 2020, a Navigant Research report estimated.
With the rise of the Energy-as-a-Service market, DEN is well-positioned to become a trusted and reliable provider of energy to commercial and industrial operations, municipalities, healthcare facilities, institutions, campuses and the military.
DEN’s business model represents the next phase in the grid’s evolution: highly connected, smart microgrid and DER infrastructure with bespoke and flexible financial and alternative ownership structures.
Customers benefit from long-term power contracts that provide cost-effective, resilient and secure supply of clean energy; investors gain access to a diversified set of dynamic energy infrastructure across different market sectors and geographies.
“We’ve long been leaders in helping companies meet ambitious energy goals,” said Mark Feasel, vice president of Schneider Electric’s electric utility segment and smart grid business in the U.S. “Through our partnership with DEN and Carlyle, we can deploy solutions that leverage both world-class technology and new business models to transform the edge of the grid and optimize the energy value chain.”
“The energy industry has experienced a tremendous growth in awareness and usage of microgrids in just the last year alone,” said Andrew Marino, a Carlyle Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Global Infrastructure, the firm’s infrastructure investing team. “We’re thrilled to leverage the expertise of Dynamic Energy Networks and to partner with Schneider Electric to deliver microgrid solutions that enable Energy-as-a-Service.”
Equity for future investments by this strategic alliance will come from sources including Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, a Carlyle fund that makes infrastructure investments.
Schneider Electric is a world leader in microgrid technology and solutions that designed, built and maintains more than 300 advanced microgrids. The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager. Together, the firms will deliver the flexible financing and technology that restructures the market by providing Energy-as-a-Service.
DEN’s entry into the microgrid and DER field is a natural evolution for the company’s leadership team, which has decades of experience investing in the clean energy sector. Morgan’s 25 years of experience in energy and industrial finance includes leading RET Capital, a $750 million enterprise that backed utility-scale solar and wind generation assets across North America.
Also, DEN has rounded out its leadership ranks by acquiring a top-notch executive team from Hitachi and RET Capital with decades of experience in development, technology, and innovative financial structures. The new team members include:
- Steve Pullins, Vice President of Development, has 40 years of utility industry experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, microgrids and renewables, including serving as vice president for energy solutions at Hitachi America and leading the U.S. Modern Grid Strategy for the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
- John Westerman, Vice President of Technical Solutions, brings 30 years of experience in emerging energy technologies to the table, most recently as a vice president for Hitachi America working on microgrids and other advanced technologies.
- Scott Rosebrook, Vice President of Corporate Development & Finance, has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience at renewable energy companies and leading financial institutions. Most recently, he was Vice President, Renewable Energy Specialist at KeyBank and, prior to that, Vice President of Corporate Finance & Treasurer for RET Capital.
“This team has the experience needed to develop innovative solutions in a rapidly evolving energy market,” Steve Pullins said. “Our team’s track record proves the strength of our value to customers and investors alike. We look forward to forging partnerships as reliable as our microgrid and DER infrastructure.”