Prior to joining SSR, Hugh Wynne was Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Bernstein Research, where he was responsible for the regulated utility, independent power and renewable energy sectors. In that role, he was ranked nine times by Institutional Investor in its annual All-American Research Team poll. Hugh’s power sector research has focused on the key long term trends driving structural change in the industry, including slowing load growth and its impact on industry revenues; increasingly stringent environmental regulations and their impact on the coal and oil fired fleets; rapid growth of utility scale renewable generation and widening consumer uptake of distributed solar; and the challenges renewable generation presents both to competitive power markets and the traditional utility business model. Before joining Bernstein, Hugh was Vice President of Finance at ABB Energy Ventures, the power project development subsidiary of ABB Asea Brown Boveri, where he was charged with making equity investments in and arranging non-recourse financing for major power generation and transmission projects globally. At ABB, Hugh participated in the privatization and 750 MW expansion of the TermoBarranquilla gas-fired power plant in Colombia, the construction of two 500 MW combined cycle gas turbine plants in Monterrey and Rosarito, Mexico, the construction of a 275 MW integrated gasification combined cycle power plant in Ancona, Italy, the privatization and 700 MW expansion of the Jorf Lasfar coal-fired power station in Morocco and the privatization of the South Australian transmission grid. Previously, Hugh was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers’ Utilities and Project Finance Group. Hugh holds a B.A. degree from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a M.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University.
Prior to joining SSR, Eric Selmon was a senior member of the research and portfolio management team at Longbow Capital Partners, a utility/energy-infrastructure focused hedge fund. During this time he also consulted for a number of asset managers and corporate entities in the cleantech, utility, power and energy industries, including successfully arranging financing for several MW of rooftop solar projects, advising a utility-scale energy storage company, overseeing a power plant optimization software company and raising capital for a number of cleantech startups. Previously Eric worked at Bernstein Research covering electric utilities alongside Hugh Wynne and at Lehman Brothers in energy sector research. Eric holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and B.S. in Earth Systems and M.S in Engineering degrees from Stanford University.