Headline Partner: ENGIE North America
ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capabilities in the US and Canada to help customers decarbonise, decentralise and digitalise their operations. These include comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimise energy and other resource use and expense; clean power generation; energy storage; and retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options. Nearly 100% of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable. Globally, ENGIE S.A. relies on its key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to customers.
“Climate change remains one of the biggest challenges ahead of us all, and it requires collective and decisive action. Renewable energy is an accelerator to a more sustainable future to which ENGIE is fully dedicated. With this in mind, we are pleased to join the Climate Group in celebrating like-minded companies’ landmark achievements through the inaugural RE100 Leadership Awards.” – Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, Executive Vice-President responsible for ENGIE Renewables business line and CEO of ENGIE North America.
Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, Executive Vice-President, ENGIE is responsible for the company’s Renewables business line and CEO of ENGIE North America. Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet began her professional career in the General Secretariat for European Affairs, an office of the French Prime Minister, then in the office of the Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning. She joined the ENGIE Group in 2010 as Director of European Affairs, then Chief Executive Officer of the France Renewables BU. She brings a deep expertise in developing renewable energy in France, especially wind onshore, solar, and new technologies (marine energies and green gas). Since May 2019, she has been a member of the Executive Committee of ENGIE in charge of the Renewable and Hydrogen Business Units France, responsible for the Global Renewable Business Line and Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE North America.
André Cangucu, Chief Commercial & Industries (C&I) and Merger & Acquisitions Officer, ENGIE will be speaking on a RE100 best practice webinar following the RE100 Leadership Awards, as well as in a forthcoming RE100 North American members forum. André joined the company in May 2002 and has served ENGIE in several finance roles, including Chief Financial Officer for Latin America (2010-2015) and Chief Financial Officer for Peru (2004-2010). In 2016 he became Chief Business Developer for ENGIE North America. In that position, André was responsible for all of ENGIE’s Business Development activities in the US and Canada. He has been appointed Chief Commercial & Industries (C&I) and Merger & Acquisitions Officer since the beginning of 2020. His current focus is developing large energy projects for C&I customers that focus on on-site and off-site renewable energy generation.
Category Partner for the Clean Energy Trailblazer Award: DWS
DWS Group (DWS) is one of the world’s leading asset managers with US$769 billion of assets under management (as of 31 March 2020). Building on more than 60 years of experience and a reputation for excellence in Germany and across Europe, DWS has come to be recognised by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.
DWS offers individuals and institutions access to its strong investment capabilities across all major asset classes and solutions aligned to growth trends. The company’s diverse expertise, on-the-ground-knowledge, and deep environmental, social and governance focus guides their investment approach strategically.
“DWS is proud to sponsor the Trailblazer Award as we believe that corporations are on the front lines of climate change, with the ability to generate significant impact through their actions towards a clean energy future and safer environment.” – Andrew Pidden, Head of Sustainable Investments, DWS
Marc Khouzami, a Director at DWS, is a judge on the Clean Energy Trailblazer Award. With over 15 years of experience in private equity and investment banking, he is an investment committee member of the China Renewable Energy Fund, the China Clean Energy and Efficiency Fund and the DB Masdar Clean Tech Fund, a generalist clean tech private equity fund situated within the Sustainable Investments division of Alternatives. He is also a former investment team member at Sustainable Development Investments, a unit of Citi Alternative Investments specializing in PE investments in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors globally. Marc is currently focused on working with corporate clients to achieve sustainability goals through investment strategies using traditional financing vehicles and structures.
Category Partner for the Most Collaborative Leader Award: Enel Green Power
Part of the Enel Group, Enel Green Power is one of the leading and fastest growing renewable energy companies in the US and Canada with around 6 GW of managed capacity. Enel Green Power works with some of the largest corporations in the world by supporting their renewable energy goals through long-term partnerships. The company fosters innovative solutions to produce clean energy more efficiently and more sustainably and aims to create shared value in the communities where it operates, combining the pursuit of its business with lasting contributions to socio-economic development.
“By working together on solutions that drive the energy transition, we believe that we can help solve some of the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time.” – Mark McGrail, Head of Commercial Office, USA & Canada, Enel Green Power
Mark McGrail is Head of Commercial Office, USA & Canada, Enel Green Power, and a judge on the Most Collaborative Leader Award. Mark is an energy industry veteran with extensive experience in the development, operations and management of large-scale renewable energy plants. He joined Enel Green Power North America in 2011 and is responsible for the commercial off-take contracts with corporate, utility, banking and insurance customers. During his years with Enel Green Power, Mark has been involved in various strategic initiatives within the organisation, including managing the launch of a renewable energy program focused on serving corporate and industrial customer needs. Mark’s establishment of this internal group has provided Enel with a unique ability to grow its renewable energy fleet by offering customized solutions to corporate partners.