Renewable energy development has been at the forefront of John Zimmerman’s professional interests since the late 1970s when he designed and implemented Green Mountain Power’s (GMP), utility-scale wind power siting program – the first of its kind in the US utility industry. In the 1980s, John co-founded GMP’s unregulated investment company, Mountain Energy, which was charged with placing equity investments in non-regulated electric generation and energy efficiency projects throughout the US. In the 15 years that followed, John guided Mountain Energy’s growth through financial analysis and technical due diligence work associated with placing equity investments in solar, hydroelectric, biomass, and wind power technology projects from Hawaii to Maine.
John founded Vermont Environmental Research Associates (VERA), now known as Northeast Wind (NEWind), as an independent consultancy serving the needs of electric utilities, government agencies, private wind power developers, and land owners. Under Mr. Zimmerman’s leadership, NEWind has been a driving force for wind power development in the Northeast US, providing a full spectrum of wind power development services to meet clients’ needs efficiently and effectively. John’s familiarity with the broad range of economic and technical risks and opportunities confronting renewable power projects assures a pragmatic, well-rounded approach to project feasibility assessment and development.
John is widely regarded as one of the region’s foremost wind power development experts, and his professional mark can be found on most projects in the northeastern US. Notable examples include the Little Equinox pilot project in Manchester Vermont (.2 MW, 1989-94), the Searsburg Wind Facility in southern Vermont (6 MW, operating since 1997), the Deerfield project in southern Vermont (34 MW, permitted), the Hoosac Wind Project in northwestern Massachusetts (30 MW, under construction as of January 2011), the Grandpas Knob project in central Vermont (50 MW, early development), the Granite Reliable Power Project in northern New Hampshire (100 MW, under construction), the Mt. Tom Project in central Massachusetts (7 – 12 MW, development stage); Berkshire Wind Project in western Massachusetts (15 MW, under construction), the Kingdom Community Wind Project in northern Vermont (63 MW, permitting stage), the Georgia Mountain Community Wind Project in northwestern Vermont (7-12 MW, permitted), and many others.
John has provided presentations and contributed several papers to the annual AWEA WINDPOWER Conferences and the Northeast Sustainable Energy RENEW Conferences, and was presented with a Special Recognition Award for the “critical role he played in bringing wind energy development to the Northeast.” at WINDPOWER ’97.
John holds an Environmental Administration degree from Johnson State College and a Master in Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Vermont.