Jim Lanard is CEO and Co-Founder of Magellan Wind. Jim is the Founder and former President of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition (OffshoreWindDC), a business membership organization, which advocates for offshore wind developers and their supply chain partners before federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies.
Before launching OffshoreWindDC, Jim was a Managing Director of Deepwater Wind, with responsibilities relating to offshore wind development initiatives in Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts and the company’s strategic planning, policy development and regulatory affairs efforts. Prior to his work at Deepwater Wind, Jim led strategic planning and advocacy initiatives at Bluewater Wind. In this capacity, he managed the assignments and billable hours of the company’s law firms to minimize costs to Bluewater. In addition, Jim led the company’s successful effort to win legislative and regulatory support for Bluewater’s power purchase agreement (PPA) for its proposed offshore wind farm off the Delaware coast – the first utility-scale offshore wind PPA negotiated in the U.S.
Jim has worked in the environmental and energy sectors for his entire career. He has been executive director of two non-governmental environmental groups, Chief of Staff to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Director of Environmental Programs and Government Relations for The Walt Disney Company’s Disney’s America project, and partner (with a former Governor) in an energy and environmental consulting firm. Jim has a political science degree from Boston University and a law degree from the University of Miami and is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars. He is also a former adjunct assistant professor at Rutgers University and Drexel University.
Jeff Kehne, Co-Founder of Magellan Wind, serves as the company’s Chief Development Officer and General Counsel. Jeff comes to Magellan Wind with more than 27 years of legal experience, with strong concentrations in environmental, administrative and commercial law.
Prior to the formation of Magellan Wind, Jeff’s practice focused on regulatory and transactional work for renewable energy and brownfield redevelopment firms. His renewable energy clients included U.S. offshore wind developers, wind industry associations, and investors in offshore wind and solar projects. As co-chair of an offshore wind industry group within the American Wind Energy Association and later as lead counsel to the Offshore Wind Development Coalition, Jeff played a lead role in offshore wind industry efforts to streamline federal leasing and permitting regimes.
Jeff began his legal career as an environmental litigator in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, where he represented federal agencies in more than 50 appeals. He also served for several years in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the White House, the Attorney General and agency leadership on issues of constitutional law and Executive Branch authority.
Jeff is a graduate of Haverford College and Yale Law School, where he was Notes Editor for the Yale Law Journal. He served as a clerk for the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Illinois bars.
Experienced Marine Construction Firms
Magellan Wind recognizes the challenges involved in developing, planning, constructing, operating and maintaining utility-scale offshore wind farms. To create opportunities for our company and its partners we will build upon our strong relationships with firms that have both world class leading marine construction expertise and the resources to take on utility-scale offshore wind projects. Engagement with these firms from the earliest stages of our development work will ensure that each step Magellan Wind takes is cost-effective, fully vetted, and carefully planned.