Senior Vice President
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri – Rolla
Renewable energy; technology evaluation; business financial modeling; and facility design, procurement, and construction.
“I help develop programs and projects implementing the 3 E’s of sustainability: ecology, economy, and equity. Initiatives must address all three to be successfully designed for the long run.”
Mr. Simmons is a sustainable development business leader with more than 35 years of experience in the energy and environmental services sectors. He is highly experienced in program and project management, new business development, waste and power marketing, technology evaluation, business financial modeling, profit and loss management, facility design, procurement, and construction having worked with leading international energy operating companies and engineering / consulting firms.
He has extensive renewable energy experience, having managed the development, construction, and operation of power generation projects with capital budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars. These facilities have produced millions of megawatt-hours of renewable energy, displacing millions of tons of fossil fuels.
As an asset and P&L manager, he directed the sales, marketing, governmental, and community affairs efforts of renewable energy business unit with $65 million in annual sales and 125 employees. He was part of a team that took on a troubled facility and brought it from an annual $10 million loss to a $5 million profit in 3 years, winning an award from the Pennsylvania Governor for Environmental Excellence with the community outreach program.
While with Duke Energy, he led the new business development team for ADAGE LLC, a joint venture between Duke and AREVA focused on the biopower sector. Facilities were developed that converted forestry waste into clean renewable energy, using a facility design that the US Department of Energy recognized as an innovative technology for its biomass loan guarantee program.
Technology-wise, Mr. Simmons led due diligence investigations of a number of high-tech gasification, pyrolysis, and combustion systems. He recently served as the Vice President of Project Development for the US and Caribbean basin with a company focused on producing renewable energy using its proprietary plasma gasification system.
Publications & Speeches
“Energy Recovery in Resource Recovery Parks: The Kent County, MI Project,” presented at the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council Bi-Annual Conference (October 2018)
“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be,” published in Waste Today (September 2018)
“Advances in the Development of Resource Recovery Parks,” presented at the North American Waste-to-Energy Conference, Lancaster, PA. (May 2018)
“Waste Conversion Technology Projects Advance in 2017,” published in Waste Today (January 2018)
“Waste-to-Energy Technologies,” presented at the Arizona Tribal Energy Association Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. (January 2018)
“Is the US Ready for a Paradigm Shift in Solid Waste Management?“ published in Waste Today (November 2017)
“Waste Conversion Technologies for Minnesota,” presented at the Recycling Association of Minnesota / SWANA Conference, Brooklyn Park, MN. (October 2017)
“Kent County, MI, Resource Recovery Park,” presented at the Renewable Energy from Waste Conference Webinar. (October 2017)
“Waste Conversion Technologies for Pennsylvania,” presented at the Keystone SWANA / Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association Conference, Harrisburg, PA. (September 2017)
“Circular Economy Actions: Cities and Solid Waste Management,” presented at the Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit, Washington, DC. (June 2017)
“Better Waste Management Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases… Says Science!“ published in Waste Today (May 2017)
“Training: Waste Conversion Technologies 101,” presented at the SWANA Northern New England Chapter Seminar, Portland, ME. (February 2017)
“Advancing Gasification and Pyrolysis,” presented at the Renewable Energy from Waste Conference, Long Beach, CA. (November 2016)
“Status of Waste Conversion Technologies,” presented at the Pre-Conference Workshop of the Renewable Energy from Waste Conference, Long Beach, CA. (November 2016)
“Permission to Perform,” (co-authored with Ljupka Arsova) published in the Renewable Energy from Waste magazine (June 2016)
“Bio-digester Case Study and Organics Reuse,” presented at the Reuse Summit, Louisville, KY. (June 2016)
“How are Local Governments Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities in Today’s WTE Market?,” (moderator) presented at the North American Waste-to-Energy Conference, West Palm Beach, FL. (May 2016)
“Renewable Energy from Waste in the U.S.: Status and Trends for the Future,” presented at the Lorman Educational Services Webinar with Ljupka Arsova. (February 2016)
“Biomass Conversion Technologies,” presented at the Princeton University Energy Policy Seminar, Princeton, NJ. (April 2014)
“The Latest Updates on Waste-to-Energy and Conversion Technologies; Plus Projects Under Development,” presented at the Waste-to-Energy Development and Finance Summit, Chicago, IL. (January 2013)
“Waste Management and Landfill Industry Perspectives,” (moderator) presented at the Waste-to-Energy Development and Finance Summit, Chicago, IL. (January 2013)