Paul J. Cavicchi has been appointed president and chief executive officer of SUEZ Energy North America’s (SENA’s) new renewable energy business division. The SUEZ Renewable Energy North America (SRENA) division is responsible for all renewable energy initiatives in North America, including wind, hydro, biomass, and solar energy projects. Among its activities, the division now manages the third largest biomass portfolio in the United States and the Canadian wind power operator and developer Ventus Energy Inc., acquired by a SENA affiliate last month.
Cavicchi has been with SENA and its predecessor company since 1991. He most recently served as executive vice president of Business Development for SENA, and prior to that as president and chief executive officer for SUEZ Energy Generation NA, Inc.
Cavicchi’s Business Development experience includes project acquisition and the greenfield development of more than $3 billion in power and LNG assets. While at SUEZ Energy Generation NA, Cavicchi was responsible for operations and asset management of a 51-project portfolio exceeding 5,500 MW.
John Douglas, the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Ventus Energy Inc. and newly appointed chief operating officer of wind development for SRENA, will report to Cavicchi and be responsible for optimizing and expanding SRENA’s Canadian portfolio of 25 wind energy development projects in six provinces in eastern Canada and for SRENA’s U.S. wind development.
“SUEZ Energy North America understands the increasingly important role renewables will play in the future of North American energy supply and is committed to expanding and developing its renewable energy assets,” said Zin Smati, president and chief executive officer for SUEZ Energy North America.
“Paul has the experience and commitment necessary to drive the achievement of SRENA’s aggressive growth goals. Similarly, John Douglas brings a comprehensive understanding of wind energy and its business and operating environments to his new position, which will ensure that we advance quickly within this arena.”
Worldwide, SUEZ continues to demonstrate its respect for the environment, and was recently included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership index, a prestigious honor roll for global corporations addressing the challenges of climate change.