What sets Orion Energy apart is our people, whose experience and expertise in developing and implementing successful wind energy projects are second to none. At every stage of a wind energy project, from the initial wind assessment through operation and maintenance, Orion Energy’s dedicated professionals are the best in the business.

Orion Energy principals include:

Kathryn Arbeit
Kathryn is responsible for Orion Energy’s project development in the Northwestern US and Canada.

Before joining Orion Energy, she was Senior Project Consultant at Nexant Inc., where she managed the design and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for a variety of utility clients.

Kathryn received a BS degree in Earth Systems Science with a focus in Energy Science and Technology from Stanford University.



Reid Buckley
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Orion Energy, Reid is responsible for all of Orion Energy’s North American development activities.

Reid has been in the wind industry since 1992, holding senior development and finance positions at Tomen Power Corporation and Kenetech Windpower Inc. before joining Orion Energy. At Tomen and Kenetech, Reid was responsible for development, finance and implementation of wind energy projects throughout the western United States and managed the purchase and sale of numerous wind power assets.

Prior to working in the energy industry, Reid was a management consultant at Bain & Company.

Reid received both a BS degree in Engineering Mechanics and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.


Gene Buuck
Gene leads Orion Energy’s and Renewable Development Company’s off-shore wind energy development efforts. Gene is also a Director of RDC.

He has been in the energy field for over 25 years, with experience in a broad spectrum of fuels and generating technologies totaling more than 12,000 megawatts of installed capacity. Gene has been responsible for projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Gene received a BS degree in Business Administration from Valparaiso University.


Jim Eisen
Orion Energy’s Vice President and General Counsel, Jim has been involved in energy and project development since 1986. Jim has overseen the legal, financial, and development efforts for more than 1,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity.

Before joining Orion Energy, Jim was Vice President and General Counsel for Kenetech Corporation and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Catellus Development Corporation.

Prior to entering the energy field, Jim practiced general corporate law with the law firms of Heller Ehrman, and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle.

Jim received a BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from New York University’s School of Law.



Al Germain

Al is Director of Wind Resource Assessment for Orion Energy and RDC. He is responsible for all site identification, wind resource assessment, data acquisition and analysis, site optimization and energy forecasting.

Al has more than 20 years of experience in the wind industry with Orion Energy, Kenetech Windpower Inc., FloWind Corporation, and as a consultant to energy companies in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has led site identification efforts for over 1,500 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Al received a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Atmospheric Science from Oregon State University.



Michael Haas
Michael is President of Orion Energy and Director of Renewable Development Company Ltd (RDC).

Michael has been involved in the wind industry since 1990, serving in management and executive positions at Kenetech Corporation before founding Orion Energy. While at Kenetech, Michael led the development, finance, implementation and construction for projects totaling 350 megawatts of installed capacity and directed over 1,000 megawatts of contracted projects through various stages of development worldwide. He also served as General Manager of the “56-100” Wind Turbine Division, responsible for the engineering, manufacturing, operations and maintenance of over 500 megawatts of wind turbines.

Prior to Kenetech, Michael worked for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

Michael received a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Master’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.



Wayne Hoffman

Wayne is responsible for Orion Energy’s land management program and supports North American development activities.

Wayne has been in the energy industry for fifteen years, with ten of these in wind energy. As Western Region Environmental Manager for Duke Energy, Wayne was responsible for licensing and permitting major power plants in California, including managing the permitting consulting teams and regulatory processes.

Wayne worked with Flowind and Kenetech Windpower Inc. in the areas of environmental permitting, marketing and business development, and asset acquisition.

Prior to working in the energy industry, Wayne was an environmental planner in local, state, and federal offices and a private consultant.
Wayne received both a BA degree and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University.

J. Turner Hunt
Turner leads Orion Energy's wind development efforts throughout the Midwestern states.

Prior to working with Orion, Turner was Director of real estate development for Hunt Assisted Living and was responsible for all pre-construction development and permitting activities on more than 30 assisted living facilities and apartment projects in the southeastern US. Turner was a senior aerodynamics engineer with the former McDonnell Douglas Company in St. Louis where he was involved with the F/A-18 fighter and hypersonic vehicle programs. Turner has founded and been involved in various internet related businesses and holds several US Patents.

Turner received both a BS degree and MS degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas.


Laurie Mazer
Laurie is Orion Energy's Office Manager. This is Laurie's first foray into the energy industry, previously she has worked in both education and conservation biology.

Laurie received a BS degree in Biology from Reed College.

Maria Wong
Maria is responsible for Orion Energy's digital mapping, wind resource assessment and the management of Orion Energy's wind resource database.

Maria has been a Geotechnical Engineer for Fugro ( Hong Kong ) Limited. She has been involved in a 10-Year Extended Landslip Preventive Measures Project and has also managed a database of over 3000 slopes.

Maria received a BS in Civil Engineering from UC Davis.