An increased awareness surrounding energy use and the need to be more efficient has set trends in motion across the country and Philadelphia is no exception.
The state’s wealth of fertile natural gas reserves, as well as its strategic location between some of the nation’s major cities, makes it highly desirable as an energy hub. But there are many challenges ahead, including regulation reform, structural innovation, workforce education and more. Here, experts in the field will discuss the ways in which Pennsylvania can overcome those obstacles and leverage the area’s energy resources to the benefit of the economy.
November 19, 11:00am – 12:45pm
Location: Main Hall
Co-Chair of Stradley Ronon’s environmental practice group
Andy Levine serves as co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s environmental practice group, and is focused on cultivating and expanding the energy economy in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. He represents large-scale developers and investors on a variety of energy-related projects, including CHP plants, large-scale energy efficiency and renewable power and chemical projects, pipeline development and landfill gas facilities.
Having started his career litigating multimedia enforcement cases against refineries, pipelines and solid waste companies, he was soon recruited by Waste Management to implement the very types of programs at issue in many of these cases. While at Waste Management, Andy oversaw landfill and transfer station expansions, permitting and compliance throughout the Eastern seaboard, and also developed the strategic landfill gas-to-energy program that formed the basis for his current energy practice in natural gas.
As an experienced “deal architect,” he regularly seeks out and uncovers issues and needs among parties to a negotiation in order to maximize his clients’ opportunities to construct and operate energy and environmental infrastructure projects, obtain the best possible financing and tax treatment, and organize the most advantageous deal structure. He also finds the most advantageous means for environmental compliance and permitting, with a keen focus on the clients’ business development plans, and most of all, the bottom line.
Founding Partner, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC
Philip Rinaldi is the founding partner, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC. His career focus is finding good but undervalued businesses in the energy, chemical and natural resource industries; acquiring those targets with partner groups tailored to the specific situation; and then leading the development of these businesses through to their maturity.
Mr. Rinaldi and his private equity partners, the Carlyle Group, created Philadelphia Energy Solutions to acquire the Point Breeze and Girard Point oil refineries from Sunoco. These two refineries process up to 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil on its consolidated 1,500 acre South Philadelphia refining complex, making it the single largest oil refining complex on the Eastern Seaboard.
Mr. Rinaldi also serves as Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team, a regional coalition organized to stimulate a rebirth of manufacturing in the region by developing Philadelphia as an energy hub supplied by Marcellus shale natural gas.
Mr. Rinaldi’s industrial background includes prominent companies such as Exxon, Phibro, Tosco, Coffeyville Resources, Conserv, Seminole, and Mulberry. In a prior transaction similar to PES, Mr. Rinaldi was the founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of Coffeyville Resources, a partnership with Pegasus Capital, which acquired a sophisticated, mid-continent oil refinery and coke gasification based agricultural chemical plant from Farmland Industries. Coffeyville thrived under his leadership allowing the business to be subsequently sold to Goldman Sachs and Kelso in a high profile, highly profitable private transaction. That business, now known as CVR Energy, is a successful public company.
Mr. Rinaldi is also a member of the Drexel University College of Engineering Advisory Council; a Board Director and Executive Committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia CEO Council for Growth; a Board Director of the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Business and Industry, and he has agreed to join the Board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia.
President and CEO
Philadelphia Gas Works
Craig White is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Gas Works, the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas company, serving some 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of Philadelphia.
Mr. White started with the organization in 1980. During his 35 years of service, he served in many capacities, increasing in responsibility and seniority and in March of 2011 he was appointed to his present position as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. White received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kutztown University. He is a graduate of Drexel University’s MBA Program and has completed executive development programs at Drexel University and Harvard Business School.
Mr. White is actively involved in community service through his affiliation with the Citizens Crime Commission as well as industry and professional organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association, Aria Health System, and the National Petroleum Council. He also serves on the Board of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania and is the past Chairman as well as former Executive Board Member of the American Public Gas Association.
Craig L. Adams
Executive Vice President, Exelon
President and CEO, PECO
Adams is responsible for leadership of PECO’s overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs. Based in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. PECO employs about 2,400 people, owns $9 billion in assets, and generates approximately $5.6 billion in annual revenues. PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 506,000 gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.
Adams previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, leading PECO’s electric and gas transmission and distribution operations, construction and maintenance, engineering and technical services, investment strategy, safety, environmental, training, fleet, supply, real estate and facilities, and human resources organizations.
Before leading PECO, Adams served as Chief Supply Officer for Exelon Business Service Company and previously as Senior Vice President for Operations Support for PECO and its sister utility, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), which serves northern Illinois. As Chief Supply Officer, Adams led an award winning supplier diversity program and leveraged the scale of Exelon’s $2 billion spending in materials and services. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2003, Adams served as Vice President, Contractor and Supply Management for PECO and ComEd.
Adams’ career includes more than 20 years in the operation and support of commercial and military nuclear power plants. This vocation began with his service in the United States Army. He joined PECO in 1989 after a six-year management stint with Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in New Jersey.
Civically, Mr. Adams holds board positions in a number of educational and community organizations in the Philadelphia area, such as Camphill Special School, and LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. He is also a Board Member of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania (EAP), the American Gas Association (AGA) and WHYY.
Adams holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the State University of New York, in Albany.
He and his wife, April, reside in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
State Affairs America’s Natural Gas Alliance
Paul Hartman is a seasoned strategic government relations professional with significant experience in corporate and not-for-profit (NGO) government relations management, coalition building and maintenance, legislative and political analysis, media advocacy, grassroots mobilization, campaign development and management of government relations professionals.
Paul joined America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) in December 2013 as Regional Director, State Affairs. Paul previously served as the Director of State Government Relations for Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy; and Senior Director of Advocacy for the American Heart Association. Paul has worked as a contract lobbyist and a senior legislative staffer for both Republican and Democratic elected officials in New York State. Paul has an extensive background in public policy development, campaign planning, media advocacy, grassroots engagement and direct lobbying.
Throughout his career, Paul has worked extensively on health, labor, housing, energy and environmental issues.
Paul earned a BA in Political Science from the University at Albany.
John D. Moran, Jr.
President and CEO
John D. Moran, Jr. is the President and CEO of Moran Industries, Inc., a premier warehousing and logistics company based in Watsontown Pennsylvania. Moran Industries holds over 5 million square feet of warehousing space and is the only company in Central Pennsylvania to control 13 rail heads. The company maintains strong relationships with Norfolk Southern Railway and many other Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to his duties at Moran Industries, John D. Moran, Jr. is President of several other businesses in Central Pennsylvania. They are: Moran Logistics, Whatever It Takes Logistics, Moran Land Development, JDM Mountain Laurel, Mountain Laurel Grill, MFT Real Estate, JDM Consultants, Penn Strategies, Helicopter 1, Jet 1, Moran Oil & Gas Management, M3 Realty, J and M Charters, JDM Charters, Cameron Street Investments, Doria Acquisitions, North Sunbury Bulk Transfer and North Central Pennsylvania Investments. In total, the Moran family of companies currently provides employment opportunities to over 350 individuals.
During his career, Mr. Moran has focused on providing economic opportunities to the communities in which he does business. He has previously served on the Industrial Properties Corporation Board for Union County and was a Bank Director for Guaranty Bank Corporation. Additionally, his life-long commitment to redeveloping Brown Fields has led to the creation of more than 2,500 family sustaining jobs in Pennsylvania.
John D. Moran, Jr. is a 1983 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. In 1987, Moran graduated from Kings College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.
Mr. Moran is actively involved in his community; he has served on the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company, and Geisinger Quality Options Board of Directors, along with the Geisinger Health System Foundation Board of Directors and Mr. Moran also serves on the Board of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land. Mr. Moran is a close economic advisor to numerous local, state, and federal candidates and elected officials. In the past Moran served on the bi-partisan Federal Judicial Nominating Committee which he was nominated to by United States Senator Arlen Specter. The bi-partisan Committee, created by Senator Arlen Specter and the late Senator John Heinz, is responsible for making recommendations regarding vacancies in the federal judiciary.
Mr. Moran served alongside Governor Corbett as the Private Sector co-chair of the Pennsylvania Foundation/Team PA.
In 2012 he presented an Energy Plan in Washington D.C. to the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation on the power of domestic energy to create 20 million new family sustaining jobs in the United States.