Brian Hayes is Executive Vice President, Asset Operations of EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA). Brian leads the Asset Management, Field Operations, Control Center, High Voltage, and Health and Safety departments, overseeing the commercial obligations, operational day-to-day activities, and performance of EDPR NA’s operating wind and solar power plants.
Brian joined EDPR NA, then Horizon Wind Energy, in 2006, leading the Performance Analysis and Asset Management teams, while the company’s operating fleet has grown from 500 to 9,000 megawatts (MW). Brian led many commercial resolutions with turbine suppliers for specific technical issues, the development of sophisticated performance analysis tools, and the implementation of many new processes to handle day-to-day operations, off-taker and investor obligations, settlements, budgeting/ P&L management activities, and safety practices and regulations. Additionally, Brian has led the transition from formerly outsourcing many operational activities to bringing many activities in-house, self-performing High Voltage and turbine work. Currently, EDPR NA self-performs maintenance on greater than 3,000 MWs.
Prior to joining EDPR NA, Brian was a management consultant at Booz & Co. for six years, focusing on various projects in the energy industry. Brian worked on both strategic and process improvement projects such as merger integration, refining strategic portfolio review, fuel pricing strategy, headquarter reorganization, and redesign of utilities procurement organization and processes. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA) and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with 62 wind farms, 10 solar parks, and seven regional offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed and operates 9,000 MW of renewable energy projects. With nearly 1,000 employees, EDPR NA’s highly qualified team has a proven capacity to execute projects across the continent.