Vice President and COO
Mark Higgins is Strategen’s COO and leads the company’s consulting practice. Mark’s career in the energy industry has focused on renewables project development and utility regulatory strategy. Prior to Strategen, Mark served as Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s lead on electric transmission policy work at the CAISO, where he worked on formulating PG&E policy on energy storage, demand response, generator interconnection and transmission planning issues. Prior to PG&E, Mark was Director, Utility West at SunEdison (by way of its acquisition of FRV and MMA Renewable Ventures). His responsibilities included management of California utility scale project development strategy and execution. Mark’s portfolio of projects included more than 1 GW of pipeline including SunEdison’s largest development asset, for which he secured 132 MW of PPAs with California utilities. Mark also served as Vice President of Finance of Hu Honua Bioenergy, a 21.5 MW biomass power redevelopment project in Hawaii that was ranked in January 2015 by state government as the “#1 Clean Energy Leader” project in Hawaii. Mark also has a strong private equity, venture capital and investment banking background, including placing over $125 million in equity for publicly traded companies while at Roth Capital Partners, and serving as the founding Associate at Finistere Partners, where he managed the launch of a $70 million Pacific-rim focused venture fund investing in the agricultural biotech and medical devices sectors. Mark has also worked for the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Auckland, New Zealand, and as a systems analyst at Deloitte Consulting's Chicago office. Mark holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his role at Strategen, Mark also serves as an advisor to the California Energy Storage Alliance, sits on the Steering Committee of the Australian Energy Storage Alliance, and serves on the City of Lafayette, California’s Environmental Task Force.