Ray Kenard (Executive Director) founded American Wind Power & Hydrogen, LLC (AWP&H) in 2004 to participate in advancing the use of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel. AWP&H was awarded one of the first two NYSERDA hydrogen fueled vehicle contracts. The most recent project is a hydrogen fueling station at the Albany Airport and the supply of four hydrogen fueled vehicles. As battery technology has advanced, AWP&H provided support for the use of electricity to replace petroleum-derived fuels, and in 2009 created the opportunity for the City of Newark to file a proposal with the USDOT for 50 fast charge Proterra all-electric battery operated transit buses and fast charge charging stations. This, in turn, has led Mr. Kenard to form the Northeast Transportation Electrification Alliance (NTEA) and focus his efforts on the tri-state region consisting of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, and siubsequently elsewhere in the Northeast. Earlier in his career Mr. Kenard was involved with the development of disruptive technologies involving hydrogen, synthesis gas generation, catalytic processes and power generation. Mr. Kenard has a chemical engineering degree from Pratt Institute and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the National Hydrogen Association.
Charles Pratt joined American Wind Power & Hydrogen LLC in June 2005 as a principal and General Counsel. Prior to joining American Wind Power, Mr. Pratt was a Partner in Dickstein Shapiro, LLP’s New York office, and was active in a number of matters involving the New York Independent System Operator, Inc., including a wide variety of transmission and interconnection issues. Mr. Pratt was the General Counsel of the New York Power Authority for 12 years prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro. Mr. Pratt was the Chair of the Energy Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and continues on the Committee as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Reports. He is a Vice Chairman of the Renewable Energy Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He has been a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law, the Public Utility and Environmental Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the Steering Committee of the Utility Health Sciences Group (a multi-utility EMF group). Mr. Pratt received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He also attended the Army Language School in Monterey, CA (in Russian), and served thereafter in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany, and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
James Sherman is a founding Director of NTEA. He has worked in the climate change and sustainable transportation field since 1994 when, as Assistant Counsel of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, he participated in the development of policies and programs for the expansion of New York City’s alternatively fueled vehicle fleet. His areas of expertise include international, federal, and state climate change policy and legislation, sustainability, and the creation of public-private partnerships. Mr. Sherman wrote the Sustainable Montclair Planning Guide in 2003 and served as Chairman of the Montclair, New Jersey Environmental Commission from 2004-2008 and as a Trustee of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions from 2006-2008. He is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Queens College, CUNY and received a J.D. in 1991 from Brooklyn Law School where he was the Executive Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.