Tulsa World: Wind energy project long time coming, long ways to go (read article)

Tom Rinehart brings to E4G a deep understanding of natural gas development and processing. His sound business principles built an empire, Elkhorn Energy, which is respected far beyond its Oklahoma roots. A person of the land, Tom innately understands the need to move beyond petroleum. Tom's vision is the genesis of our company.

Jeff Schlichting is a principal of Sustainable Legacy, LLC., specializing in the development of power generation projects, particularly renewable energy and cogeneration. Jeff has been active in the renewable energy industry for over 25 years. As project development leader, Jeff uses his energy background as well as his work in municipal finance and project finance to assist E4G in a variety of roles.

Jon Handy's credibility as a successful farmer provides a natural starting point to begin the essential conversation that must occur with land owners, the critical element of any wind project. He has the capacity to begin dialogue with fellow farmers: Jon speaks the language. It is Jon who first saw the potential of combining Tom Rinehart's vision with Pete Ferrell's experience.

Pete Ferrell brings over a decade of proven experience in wind farm development. In 1995, on his cattle ranch, Pete cultivated the process that resulted in the construction of the second commercial-scale wind farm built in Kansas. After becoming educated about the challenges of wind farm development, Pete's persistence paid off with the completion of the 150- megawatt Elk River Wind Farm south of Beaumont, Kansas. When it was commissioned in 2005, Elk River was the largest wind farm in the state.

Joe King is an architect whose work has long focused on energy performance, resources, policy, and technology with renewable energy at the core. He has served as director of the Kansas Energy Office, developed the first Kansas Wind Energy Resource Map, and conceived and implemented the Kansas Tall Tower Wind Resource Assessment project that provided the first extensive look at wind resources at modern turbine heights. Joe is a native Kansan, graduate of the University of Kansas, a Viet Nam veteran (Navy), and an avid outdoorsman.

Kelley Bentley graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BSBA degree in Accounting/Management Information Systems. In 1995, Kelley began part time work for Elkhorn Energy as an accountant: her duties include accounts payable, payroll and administration related to insurance and 401k plans. In her work for Energy for Generations, she is responsible for accounts payable to insure that lease holders and service providers are compensated in a timely manner.

D.J. LaChapelle is president of High Frontier Productions, Inc., a new media strategic consulting company. High Frontier's lengthy client list includes the United Nations, two U.S. Senators, a U.S. Presidential candidate, and both the Democratic and Republican National Committees.