Advisors and Affiliates

Chris Doyle

Electricity Advisor

Christopher J. Doyle is the founder and managing director of 1099 Energy Consultants, LLC. He has over thirty-five years in the energy industry. Prior to founding this company, Mr. Doyle was Vice President of Business Operations for AltaGas’ U.S. Power Group, responsible for over twelve hundred megawatts of generation across the country. He received his bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and his Masters in Business Administration from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire.

James T. Drews

Financial Advisor

Mr. Drews (Astronave, LLC) serves as a financial advisor to CE+P.  For over 20 years, Mr. Drews has provided consulting services for domestic and international clients owning, developing, acquiring, or financing electric generation projects and portfolios ranging in size from distributed-generation to utility-scale.  He has also supported clients in ethanol production, natural gas, and oil & gas industries.  Astronave services include valuation, asset management, financial structuring, and transaction support.

Prior to founding Astronave, Mr. Drews was Chief Financial Officer of Arkenol, Inc., an ethanol plant development company, Vice President of Finance for ARK Energy, a utility-scale power plant developer, and senior consultant for Sterling Energy Management.

His educational background includes an MBA from the Wharton School, an MSAA (engineering) from Stanford University, and a BAE (engineering) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Hank Majdeski

Engineering Advisor

Hank has a broad background in bio-products, bioethanol, power, emission control, and process industries in the development and implementation of technologies into commercial applications summarized as follows:

At Arbiom, Hank was responsible for the management of the engineering/projects group. The group’s key accomplishments were to develop and implement a plan for demonstration of Arbiom’s technology, identify main technical risk area and unit operations and conduct testing to minimize risk of commercial scale-up of operations, and develop and exercise a Techno Economic Model (TEA) used as an effective tool in assessing the CAPEX/OPEX impacts of technology and unit operations into commercial application.

At Solazyme, Hank had the leadership role in the deployment of Solazyme’s disruptive algal technology into its first commercial plant in Brazil as well as providing a management role of Solazyme’s engineering group. In addition, he provided the project management lead for Solazyme’s Integrated Biorefinery technology demonstration program.

Prior to Solazyme, Hank was responsible for the implementation of Delta-T bioethanol technology in international applications throughout the world including business development activities and contract execution. His role there also included managing technology exchange efforts and agreements with several firms including projects for sugar cane to ethanol with collaborative partners.

In his working career, Hank had effectively held engineering group management of design engineering groups of 40-60 people, product management, and project engineering/management responsibilities for companies providing flue gas desulfurization, gasification, municipal & hazardous waste incineration, small power projects, gypsum wallboard manufacturing, and other industrial processing. Hank received his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State University and is a registered engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mark Warner

Engineering Advisor

Mark Warner is the founder of Warner Advisors LLC, a consulting firm formed to assist advanced biotechnology clients take their process from concept to commercial operation, including acting in interim engineering leadership roles. He has the unique ability to actively engineer and manage, proving successful in nearly half a billion dollars of commercialization projects. Mark delivers support beginning at the bench level, progressing through pilot and demonstration stages, culminating in the construction, startup and operation of commercial facilities. Mark has more than a decade of senior engineering and executive operational leadership experience within the advanced bioeconomy. He has worked for five different companies that have held the number one spot on the biofuels digest top 50 Hottest Companies list, in a range of advanced biotechnologies including biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, phototrophic algae, heterotrophic algae and innovative food products.

Rick D. Weyen

Ethanol Industry Advisor

Rick Weyen is an experienced leader in the downstream energy industry with over 38 years experience in a variety of senior roles with leading US energy companies. He began his career with Amoco and over the following 20 years held key management positions in refining and supply operations. In 2001 he joined Tesoro and held several senior positions in Tesoro’s refining, marketing, and midstream businesses until Tesoro (renamed Andeavor) was acquired by Marathon Petroleum Corporation in 2018. His most recent responsibilities in Andeavor’s Strategy and Business Development function included coordination of corporate compliance with the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard and California Low Carbon Fuels Standard, and leadership of Tesoro’s renewables strategy, incorporating initiatives related to the development of the company's biocrude processing strategy, acquisition of Virent, and conversion of the Dickinson Refinery to renewable diesel production.  Mr. Weyen serves on the Board of Directors of Ensyn Corporation.  He has a BS Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Black & Veatch

Independent Engineer

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US $3.5 billion. Follow us on and in social media. Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) affirmative action laws and regulations. Black & Veatch does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender Identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law. 

Booker Tate

Agriculture consulting and owner's engineer

Booker Tate is a global leader in the provision of development, management and technical services to the world of sugar, ethanol, bio-energy and other agribusiness projects, having successfully completed some 1,500 assignments in 120 countries over the past 50 years.

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CHS, Inc.

Ethanol Off-take Partner

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.


Investment Banking

Citi's mission is to serve as a trusted partner to our clients by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress. Our core activities are safeguarding assets, lending money, making payments and accessing the capital markets on behalf of our clients. We have 200 years of experience helping our clients meet the world's toughest challenges and embrace its greatest opportunities. We are Citi, the global bank – an institution connecting millions of people across hundreds of countries and cities.

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Investment Banking

For over 200 years, JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) has provided innovative financial solutions for consumers, small businesses, corporations, governments and institutions around the world. Today, we're a leading global financial services firm with operations servicing clients in more than 100 countries. Whether we are serving customers, helping small businesses, or putting our skills to work with partners, we strive to identify issues and propose solutions that will propel the future and strengthen both our clients and our communities.

KNN Public Finance, LLC

Financial Advisor/Municipal advisory services

KNN Public Finance, LLC provides comprehensive municipal advisory services to cities, counties, school districts, higher education agencies, special districts and state agencies in California and other western states. We have a staff of 20 professionals operating from three offices in California. For more information, visit: KNN Public Finance.

Marsh USA, Inc.

Risk Manager and Insurance Broker

CE&P has retained Marsh USA, Inc., one of the world's largest risk manager and insurance brokers, to structure a comprehensive Owner-Controlled Insurance Program that will encompass conventional insurance coverage as well as risk mitigation devices in support of project financing. The Marsh team is led by David Myhre and Dan Dunnigan, who have collectively more than fifty years of highly sophisticated insurance and risk management experience.

MasTec Power

Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) firm

MasTec Power Corporation (“MasTec”), a wholly-owned division of Mastec, Incorporated (, a Fortune 500, Florida based company, has been selected to be the lead Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) firm. They have recently completed the initial engineering and detailed costing and have prepared a guaranteed, Not-To-Exceed Price for the Project.


Lenders' Counsel

Milbank is a premier international law firm handling high-profile, complex cases and business transactions through 12 offices worldwide. Our offices work together on an integrated basis, giving us an extraordinary global presence and allowing us to serve a client base that includes the world's leading companies and financial institutions. Milbank is internationally recognized as a leader in major corporate/finance transactions (such as M&A, structured finance, banking, capital markets and project and transportation finance), litigation (including complex commercial, intellectual property, securities and white collar), financial restructuring, and trusts and estates.

Nixon Peabody

CalPFA Counsel

We see 21st-century law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. We are constantly thinking about what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space and smooth their way. We ensure they are equipped with winning legal strategies as they navigate the exciting and challenging times we live in. Our ability to do this comes from these working principles: We’re curious and extremely focused on understanding our clients’ businesses and industries. We tap the collective intelligence of Nixon Peabody to deliver the best thinking and create value for our clients throughout the world. We lean forward into the future, together with our clients, to see and prepare for what’s ahead. Working together, we handle complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law, intellectual property, and finance anywhere in the world.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Bond Counsel

Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Leading companies, and new entrants, call on our teams in 25 markets worldwide for forward-looking, pragmatic advice on transactions, litigation and compliance matters. We bring distinctive quality, teamwork and value to the table – and innovate in everything we do. We’re especially focused on attracting and inspiring the best legal talent – and we’re proud to be named one of the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Lead Investment Bank

The most significant corporations, institutional investors, asset managers, private equity firms, and governments around the globe recognize RBC Capital Markets, LLC as an innovative, trusted partner with an in-depth expertise in capital markets, banking, and finance. We are well-established in the largest, most mature capital markets across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region, which collectively encompasses 80% of the global investment banking fee pool.

RBC Capital Markets is part of a leading provider of financial services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Operating since 1869, RBC is one of the largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America, as measured by market capitalization. With a strong capital base and consistent financial performance, RBC is among a small group of highly rated global banks.


Owner's Oversight Engineer & Advisory

Secretariat is a leading independent expert services and litigation consulting firm serving a wide range of clients globally. We specialize in international arbitration and litigation; large-scale construction disputes, including delay and quantum analysis; forensic accounting; economic damages; and government contracting.

Stradling Yocca Carlson

Bond Underwriting Counsel

Stradling represents companies and entities who seek a sophisticated law firm with experienced counsel to guide critical transactions and disputes. Originally founded in 1975 to represent Southern California’s most innovative emerging growth companies, today Stradling is known as a leading full-service corporate and securities, litigation, and government finance law firm representing high growth and established organizations across a wide range of industries. We’ve built our practice around our clients’ core needs and believe they should only be charged for services and offices they require. Our size, structure, and culture allow us to provide big-firm representation with small-firm flexibility and responsiveness. Today we serve high growth companies, the Fortune 500, and global organizations using that very premise. 

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Uni-systems, Inc.

Engineering Support to EPC

Uni-systems, Inc. is performing sugarcane -to-ethanol, electricity and bio-methane specialty process engineering and design services, and will procure and supply most of the equipment as well as perform construction management services. Uni-systems is a recognized global supplier of sugarcane processing-related advanced technologies, integrated process solutions, engineering design, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Legal Counsel

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. They represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients. The firm is nationally recognized for providing high-quality services to address the legal solutions required by its enterprise and financial institution clients. Their services include corporate law and governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions, tax, and employee benefits and employment law, among other areas. Their distinguished international roster of clients span a wide variety of industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy and clean technology, media and entertainment, communications, retail, and financial services.