Advisors and Affiliations


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.

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.


KNN Public Finance, LLC

Financial Advisor

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.


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.


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.



CE&P is proud to work with these Imperial Valley Organizations:

Imperial Irrigation District

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation