We have further expanded our team to match our growing pipeline of projects in operations, construction, and under development. We are pleased to announce that Ken Rush has joined as Key Capture Energy’s Director of Technology, Emma Johnson has joined as Manager of Market Analysis, and Andrew Gelston has joined as Manager of Market Strategy. The additions of Rush, Johnson and Gelston complement our strategy of comprehensively studying the grid for optimal market opportunities and selecting the best technology solutions to meet the needs of a changing energy landscape.
Prior to joining KCE, Rush was the Chief Engineer for GE where he served as the technical lead in all storage partner relationships, overseeing design reviews for all product and projects for the GE Energy Storage group. Additionally, in that role, Rush acted as architect of the GE Reservoir product family, including solar + storage and grid support applications, where he designed and executed more than 200 megawatt-hours of storage facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Johnson was previously an associate trader with Citigroup Energy’s Global Commodities group, where she specialized in nodal Financial Transmission Rights in PJM and MISO as well as performed power market analysis across NEPOOL, MISO, NYISO and PJM. Gelston comes to KCE from NextEra Energy, where he implemented energy storage integration and was responsible for the early stage evaluation of storage + wind and solar offerings in utility scale proposals.
In addition to Rush, Johnson and Gelston, we have four previous KCE interns joining us as full-time employees at our Albany headquarters. Andrew Butler-Boudakian is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gregory Mazzaro is a graduate of University at Albany, SUNY, Ian Starnes is a graduate of Cornell University, and Katherine Zoellmer is a graduate of Rice University. Butler-Boudakian, Mazzaro and Starnes were previously supported by the New York State Clean Energy Internship Program through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
As stated by our Chief Operating Officer, Dan Fitzgerald, “We are pleased that Ken, Emma and Andrew have joined the Key Capture Energy team. With more than 1,500 megawatts of stand-alone energy storage projects under development, we remain busier than ever and it is critical that we have the internal resources in place to push forward as we continue to bring our projects online. Ken is leading our efforts to advance, streamline and direct our approach to battery storage technology and integration. Emma’s focus is data analysis to support the dispatch of large-scale batteries in wholesale power markets, which will help optimize revenue streams for our 50 megawatts of operating battery storage projects in New York and Texas. Andrew is leading strategy efforts for our market prospecting evaluations. In addition, we recently offered full-time employment to four of our interns and are glad to have them on board as we continue to work on enhancing the grid and enabling the further penetration of renewable energy.”