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James A. Grasso
Jim Grasso is the President & CEO of Grasso Group US, an energy, public relations, government affairs, and crisis management consulting firm. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Public and Governmental Affairs for The New England Div. of Southern Union Company. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, and Investor Relations for Providence Energy Corporation and its major subsidiary, Providence Gas Company. A registered lobbyist, Jim has held senior positions for leading energy companies, including Algonquin Gas Transmission, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, and PanEnergy for nearly 31 years.
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Michael Beucler is the newest addition to Grasso Group US, LLC. With a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Boston University majoring in public relations with a concentration in political science, Beucler brings a fresh skill set to the conversation. With a history in both real estate and the oil and gas industry, Beucler specializes in new client acquisitions with heavy emphasis in new energy. In addition to new client endeavors, he is also responsible for Grasso Group US, LLC's social media presence and web development.
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Burt Hamner has worked with tidal power, offshore wind, shipyards and boatyards, marine construction projects and environmental permitting, and founding marine renewable energy companies. As President of Windbase Offshore, Burt is the New England regional distributor for the "Titan" mobile jackup platform for offshore wind turbines and meteorological towers. The Titan 200 is a unique, USA patented structure, specifically designed for off shore wind turbines in water depths between 50 and 300 feet (which are the prime wind locations on the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States) and are hurricane CAT 5 rated.
As President of Hydrobee SPC he is launching a micro turbine for harvesting USB charging power from rivers and streams, waves, winds, and other kinetic energy sources. His last company, Hydrovolts, made small hydrokinetic turbines for renewable energy from canals, rivers and tidal channels. Burt’s three patent-pending turbine inventions won four major clean tech contests. As a consultant he directed the Tacoma Narrows Tidal Power Feasibility Study for a major public utility. This led Burt to found the Grays Harbor Ocean Energy Company to pursue large offshore wind+wave renewable energy projects around the USA. His permit initiatives were catalytic to the major reorganization of offshore renewable energy management by the Federal government. Burt’s novel designs for integrating wave energy generation into offshore structures received international media attention. He was Chairman of the Marine Technology Society’s Renewable Energy Committee from 2008-2009. He was appointed as International Advisor on Marine Energy Resources in 2008 by the New Zealand Ministry of Energy.
Before his ocean energy adventures, Burt spent 15 years as a clean technology consultant and worked in 16 countries, primarily in Southeast Asia and South America. He has advised governments and consulted to the US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations, small and large companies, and non-profit organizations. In 2003 he chaired the panel session on Clean Technology Investment at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Finance.
Burt was raised in marine biology labs around the world by his scientist parents. He lived in the Bahamas, Baja Caliifornia, Australia and Palau before he enrolled at Harvard College in Boston. He studied marine biology and the History of Science while working at the Nahant Marine Laboratory as a research assistant. After graduation he moved to Seattle where his first significant job was as a marine environmental coordinator for the US Army Corps of Engineers. After several years managing numerous coastal projects he entered graduate school at the University of Washington and obtained Master’s degrees in Marine Studies and in Business Administration.