Michael Rucker is the Founder and CEO of Scout Clean Energy, a renewable energy owner-operator with 1,200 MW of operating projects and a 19 GW development pipeline of wind, solar and storage projects spanning 24 US states. Scout has been a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners since 2017.
Michael was co-founder and formerly President of Harvest Energy Services, Inc. (sold to Takkion) which specialized in O&M and asset management services. Michael previously served as CEO of juwi Wind North America, a German wind developer, and as VP of Business Development at Clipper Windpower Development. Prior to that, he was a Commercial Director at GE Energy for west region wind, hydro, and natural gas turbine sales. Other positions included Director at APX for renewable energy certificate trading, power scheduling, and settlements. He also supported the UN Climate Change negotiations at the International Energy Agency in Paris as manager of the Climate Technology Initiative program. Michael was also a Manager at the Edison Electric Institute, the trade association for the US investor-owned utilities.
Prior to joining Scout, Andrew served as CEO for Innogy Renewables US, launched in 2016, and rapidly developed and constructed more than $900MM of new wind and solar projects in a 4-year period (now part of RWE Renewables). Over his 25 year career in renewables, Mr. Young has helped launch and grow multiple companies from the ground up including the EDF and EDPR US platforms to develop and construct more than 3 GW of wind and solar power projects across the US and Canada.Mr. Young holds a BASc in Engineering from University of Waterloo, and coaches youth hockey.
John Clapp is CFO of Scout Clean Energy, a renewable energy owner-operator. John previously served as CEO/CFO of Empower Energies, a distributed generation developer/owner/operator of C&I renewable projects and prior to that as CFO of a U.S. utility-scale solar developer/owner/operator joint-venture between two German renewable industry companies. John was a Managing Director at Citigroup in the Global Power Team before moving over to the developer side. At Citi John was the Bank’s power sector specialist and worked across project finance, tax equity, corporate & investment banking and commodities. Prior to banking, John and was a senior consultant at PA Consulting where he managed teams conducting market price forecasts and asset valuations for project financings and M&A.
Mark brings over 23 years of energy industry experience to the Scout platform, including 14 years specializing in renewables. Mark is an energy industry veteran with deep expertise in the development, operation, and management of large-scale renewable energy assets and is excited to help Scout navigate this next growth phase. He was formerly the Vice President/Chief Commercial Officer for the Global Power Generation division of Enel Green Power North America where he was responsible for overseeing commercial offtake contracts with corporate, utility, banking and insurance customers.
As Secretary and General Counsel of Scout Clean Energy, Cedric manages all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, including corporate governance, contracting, dispute resolution and liaising with outside counsel. Cedric has over 12 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, having previously served as General Counsel of Leeward Renewable Energy, Counsel at RES Americas and Compass Wind, and Associate at Husch Blackwell. Cedric holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College.
Matt Heck has 21 years of development experience working in more than 31 states for diverse renewable energy companies including Iberdrola Renewables, EDF/enXco, juwi Wind, juwi Solar, and Community Energy. Matt is skilled in all development aspects from initial idea through construction, including project financing due diligence. Matt has been a key contributor to numerous operating renewable energy projects, including recently leading the Scout team on completing development and construction/tax equity financings for four projects (826 MWs).
Matt has a BS from James Madison University in Integrated Science and Technology. Matt currently resides in Boulder, CO.
Kevin has over 10 years of project finance and M&A experience working on both large-scale wind farms and distributed generation solar projects. Prior to Scout, he held positions at juwi Wind North America and SunShare. At Scout, Kevin leads all project finance activities and has secured construction financing totaling over $1.1 billion and tax equity commitments over $700 million for the Persimmon Creek, Ranchero, Heart of Texas and Bitter Ridge wind farms.
Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Colorado-Boulder with an emphasis in Finance and Energy and has a BA degree in Economics and International Studies.
John currently leads Scout’s Asset Management and Operations team, which is responsible for optimizing the profitability of Scout’s operating projects. Prior to joining Scout, John held asset management positions with Apex Clean Energy and Infigen Energy. He has extensive experience in negotiating and executing a wide range of agreements including turbine, balance of plant, energy off-take, and energy management. John has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Engineering and Management Science from Lehigh University.
Brad leads Scout's M&A group and through early 2020 was responsible for the acquisition of approximately 650 MW of wind assets along with the origination of an additional 2.4 GW of greenfield wind and solar assets currently in Scout's portfolio. Brad has almost a decade of project development, finance, and transaction experience in renewable energy. Prior to Scout, Brad worked for renewable developers juwi Wind and Scatec Energy.Brad earned his MBA from CU-Boulder with an emphasis in Finance and Energy. He previously received a Master’s in Ecology from the University of Georgia and attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate education. Brad currently resides in Boulder, CO.
Vice President of Commercial Operations and Procurement
Stephen Wieland is the Vice President of Commercial Operations and Procurement at Scout Clean Energy. He has over 25-years of experience in the energy field and over 15 years in renewables. Prior to joining Scout, Stephen worked at RES Americas and managed procurement and construction transactions for all RES development and 3rd party projects. He has also worked for both Vestas and Nordex, leading wind turbine sales teams in North America. Stephen holds a Master of Business from the Thunderbird School of International Management at Arizona State University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Lindsay leads the construction team which is responsible for management of construction from preconstruction through commissioning for all projects built in theScout portfolio. She has overseen the construction of over 1.1 Gigawatts of utility scale wind energy construction in the US and Canada. Lindsay began her career in the petrochemical industry before transitioning to the wind energy industry in 2008. She holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mark is the Vice President of East Region Development where he oversees wind, solar, and battery storage development opportunities in MISO, SPP, ERCOT, PJM and the northeastern U.S. He has 14 years of experience in the renewable energy industry supporting 1+ GW of wind power development in the U.S. and has experience throughout the stages of a project’s lifespan, from greenfield prospecting to taking an existing development asset into construction. Mark holds two degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Land Economics and Real Estate both from Texas A&M University.
Casey is the Vice President of Development for the Western Region at Scout where he oversees renewable energy development projects in WECC. He has over 16 years working in renewable energy development with 5 years of environmental consulting experience prior to that. He has managed or supported aspects of the development on over 5 gigawatts of now operating projects withing the United States. His experience includes the full development cycle from green field development through COD, tax equity financing, sell down, and M&A transactions. Casey has BA degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a MCRP degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a MBA degree from the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics at California State University, Channel Islands.
Bernie joined the wind industry in the mid 80’s working for Enertech Wind Systems, one of the few U.S. wind turbine manufacturers, erecting and operating roughly 500 machines. From there his career has followed several paths, like green field micro siting to maximize AEP, application engineering to improve budgetary numbers, performed construction project management in various countries, operated diverse wind turbine technologies, developed SCADA platforms to improve project performance, refurbished several hundred two-stage planetary gearboxes to improve service life, assisted with several structural component retrofit programs, performed forensic analysis of failed components and authored many operating procedures.
Christian has over 13 years of experience in the fields of transmission planning and generation interconnection. Christian is responsible for the interconnection process for Scout development projects across the United States. Prior to joining Scout, Christian has worked for a few IOUs, successfully managing the interconnecting of over 3 GW of new generation. Christian holds a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington – Seattle, and an MBA from the University of Iowa – Tippie College of Business.
Sarah leads the Accounting and Tax department at Scout with oversight on Treasury Management and FP&A as well. Her team is responsible for all Financial Reporting, Audit, and Tax compliance. Sarah has over 12 years of Accounting experience in the energy industry. She previously worked at EDF Trading North America and Samson Resources. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and Management from the University of Oklahoma.
David Pressman manages the Power to X team at Scout Clean Energy. Scout’s Power to X efforts is focused on using renewable energy and green fuels to power data centers and decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors, including the industrial, chemical, and heavy transportation sectors. David has spent the last 12 years working on greenfield project development, PPA origination, M&A, and project finance for renewable energy developers and IPPs, including Origis Energy and Tesla Energy. David began his career in energy as a market consultant to utilities, coal and gas producers, financial institutions, and policy organizations. David is a graduate of the University of Rochester.
Judd has been in renewable energy development for over a decade and has worked on projects that span from Canada to Chile. At Scout, Judd leads the New Projects team, which focuses on growing Scout’s development pipeline. This includes strategic planning, prospecting for new sites across the United States, and initiating early-stage development work. Judd holds a degree in International Affairs as well as an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. When not working to advance renewable energy, Judd enjoys romping around the mountains with his wife and two young kids.