Dan Kyle Spearman

Dan Kyle Spearman is a Director in RCG’s London office, leading on floating wind. A background in naval architecture with 6 years of fixed and floating offshore wind experience brings a broad range of technical, operational and commercial expertise.

Mr Spearman is an expert in floating offshore wind and has worked with the leading developers to reduce the cost and risks to enable the future commercialisation of floating wind. He has a proven track record of delivering complex projects with multiple stakeholders across a range of topics in both fixed and floating offshore wind.

Dan Kyle Spearman has a wide range of offshore wind experience, having managed the Floating Wind Joint Industry Programme and the O&M workstream in the world-leading Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) research programme. In these collaborative programmes, he worked closely with fifteen of the leading international developers and Scottish Government to make both fixed and floating offshore wind into mainstream energy sources. In particular, Dan worked with developers to address the technical challenges for deployment of future large-scale floating farms, giving insight into the challenges and opportunities of floating wind and engaging with the floating wind supply chain to implement the results. He has also managed multiple projects relating to marine logistics which have reduced costs, improved offshore health and safety and reduced vessel emissions. He has supported innovators with demonstrating and commercialising their technologies. Previous experience includes the designing and testing of high-speed vessels, control system programming and build co-ordination at a major UK shipyard.

Dan Kyle Spearman is a qualified Naval Architect with additional qualifications in project management. He also has STCW certification for going offshore.

Ching-Wen Huang is an Associate Director based in RCG’s office in Taipei, Taiwan. He is supporting project development, market intelligence and technical advisory work, across all renewable energy technologies. Mr Huang’s background is in sustainability consulting, focusing on the energy sector and technology industries.

Mr Huang has in-depth knowledge for offshore wind farm development, and supporting developers to step into emerging market and scope greenfield wind farm. Prior to joining RCG, Mr Huang spent several years with KPMG,  the multinational professional services network, supporting projects related to climate change policy and strategy for both the government and corporate clients. He has deep experience working with Taiwan’s state-owned power company, working with it build a road map for sustainable development goals. Mr Huang’s knowledge covers Taiwan’s renewable energy policy, especially offshore wind, corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs), and renewable energy certification (REC). He has carried out environmental management system advisory, implementing ISO 14001. He also has a background in ocean GIS database management and oceanographic survey campaigns.

Mr Matthew Irvine is a director of RCG, joining the Americas team in 2019 to head up the Vancouver office. He has worked in the wind and solar industry for over 10 years and has lifecycle experience on 12 GW of renewables assets globally.

Mr Irvine is an expert in wind turbine technology, due diligence and business operations, having worked with a leading UK wind developer, global renewable energy consultancy and German wind turbine manufacturer. As Director, he has responsibility for shaping both our Americas and global strategy. He has a proven track record in business growth and in directing large, complex, and multi-disciplinary teams and projects.

Before joining RCG, Mr Irvine managed the Americas advisory services line and Canadian operations for a major renewable energy consultancy, successfully increasing the business unit’s turnover by 30% and diversifying its service offering to include solar and battery storage front end engineering design. With experience spanning wind project development in the UK, wind turbine manufacturing in Germany and global renewable energy consultancy, Mr Irvine has held multiple prominent industry roles and has managed some of the world’s largest renewable energy M&A assignments, including the $750m Rampion offshore wind acquisition, closely advising Canadian multinational energy company, Enbridge Inc. This includes serving as project director on over 50 due diligence assignments for global investors and banks. In addition to technical advisory, he has extensive experience in wind farm development having worked with the UK’s leading wind project developer, and offshore wind turbine manufacturing having been the sales manager for technical inquiries and contract negotiations in relation to a 5 MW hybrid offshore wind turbine platform.

Mr Irvine is qualified in Mechanical Engineering.

Jonah Ury is a Principal in RCG’s New York Office. He has expertise costing and bench-marking large-scale renewable energy projects, conducting levelised cost of energy (LCoE) modelling for wind farm development in the United States and worldwide, and analysing US energy market opportunities for investor reports.

Mr Ury has significant experience supporting large-scale renewable energy development and investment for governments, developers, and investors. He has served as a key analyst on high-profile engagements in renewable energy M&A, greenfield site development, and market entry strategy.

Mr. Ury brings to RCG his training in project finance, ecosystem modelling, and experiences working in the renewable energy industry in Alaska and at a leading governmental agency in Massachusetts. Since joining RCG, he has helped develop the firm’s LCOE modelling, capable of forecasting offshore wind cost competitiveness globally. He has experience conducting detailed due-diligence and market research assignments for some of the largest renewable energy deals happening today. On RCG’s public sector engagements, he has worked with state and federal governments in the United States and abroad to ensure cost-confidence and develop programs that will foster a robust offshore wind industry. He is committed to providing high-quality industry analysis and building a strong renewable energy future globally.

Mr Ury has a degree in political economics and ecology with training in renewable energy finance and modelling stochastic processes. He has professional and academic experience with wide range of renewable energy.

Emily Kuhn is a Associate Director in RCG’s New York Office. She brings a unique perspective into technical consulting blending strategic and policy experience with technical expertise. Leveraging her knowledge of markets, regulation, cost analysis and site characterization she assists clients as they enter and navigate the United States and global onshore and offshore wind markets.

Ms Kuhn has significant experience working in the United States energy industry, most recently serving as a strategy analyst at the largest state-owned utility in the United States. She is experienced in corporate strategy design, site characterization, development portfolio valuation as well as permitting and renewable energy policy.  Ms Kuhn has extensive experience in energy policy and market analysis at both the federal and state levels.

With experience spanning both the utility industry and within the non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector, Ms Kuhn has had multiple roles requiring the development and delivery of complex multi-stakeholder projects. Prior to RCG, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association, the national trade association representing onshore wind developers and suppliers. Her past experience, working for a state government as well as a trade association, make Ms Kuhn well placed to understand the unique needs of our public sector clients.

Ms Kuhn is qualified in environmental management, with a further degree in public affairs. She is also certified in energy finance.

Dr Steve Freeman is a Director at RCG with over 23 years of environmental management, project development and commercialization of offshore energy projects and emerging renewable energy technologies, globally.

Dr Freeman has held senior management positions within the energy industry and advisory roles for project owners and government agencies seeking support in site selection and project development. This includes project support across Europe and in new markets such as USA and deployments to Taiwan and Japan. A results-focused individual with a proven track record in directing complex and multi-disciplinary teams, his expertise extends across renewable energy project from inception through to construction and operation. Dr Freeman has undertaken leading roles in the development and management of major infrastructure projects, including long-term secondments to bolster the strategic and commercial inputs required to inform senior management teams, investors and CEOs.

Dr Freeman has provided technical advisory, due diligence and market entry support to both onshore and offshore ventures. Formerly a regulator, and with a consultancy career in the oil and gas sector, he has worked in advisory roles for many leading energy firms. Dr Freeman previously served as industry representative to the UK government’s Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) and chair for the Marine Industry Liaison Group.

Dr Freeman is a marine biologist and practitioner in environmental management. He has held scholarships in Hong Kong and the USA. He has further training in energy law and policy.