WindSoHy Team

WindSoHy's innovative team is comprised of forward-looking business and energy industry 

leaders deeply committed to WindSoHy's vision, goals, and success. 

Joe Spease

Joe Spease, President and CEO, is an executive known for his expertise on Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) and renewable hydrogen. His unique idea is to combine CAES with wind power to create renewable baseload power; and combine wind power with electrolysis to make renewable hydrogen fuel. He has provided expert testimony on energy storage policy to DOE and FERC, and consulted on CAES with scientists at Sandia Labs, NREL and Brookhaven. He's provided expert testimony for state legislative energy committees, published articles, and been a speaker at energy forums and conferences. Before starting WindSoHy, Joe Spease was President of Pristine Power, developing wind, solar, and hydrogen projects for a major telecommunication company, and a refinery and fertilizer plant.  He is active as an executive committee member on environmental and jazz committees in Kansas City.

Phil Duran

Phil Duran, VP of Energy Project Development, is a top-level, energy-industry executive with 25 years of experience as a power engineer and 20 years of hands-on project management for the largest energy companies in the world such as Exxon, Koch Industries, Burns & McDonnell, Aquila, and Prevailing Wind Development. His leadership, broad experience, project management skills, and expertise in project siting and feasibility studies have prepared him to manage WindSoHy's projects working closely with our engineering and construction partners. Mr. Duran has worked in energy commodities, and holds degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the University of Kansas. 

WindSoHy Business Partners

Burns & McDonnell

 Burns & McDonnell is one of the largest, most respected, and successful power-engineering firms in the world. WindSoHy contracts with this  global leader for engineering, procurement, and construction of our projects. They have extensive experience developing major wind projects, and managed the construction of the longest-running CAES (Compressed Air Energy Storage) plant in the United States located in McIntosh, Alabama. The McIntosh plant has been continuously operating with 97% reliability for over 25 years.

Hydrodynamics Group

 The Hydrodynamics Group, LLC is 

a consulting company that concentrates on the analysis of mass and energy transportation with an emphasis on identifying geologic formations favorable for Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) projects. They've completed site work for two CAES projects in Iowa and Ohio. The Group is familiar with the geology of the Texas and Kansas sites where two of WindSoHy's projects are located, and are experienced in consulting around the world.

SEGA, Inc.

Sega, Inc. is a multi-discipline design engineering company serving the power industry through power generation studies, permitting, site layout and preparation, foundation and structural design, mechanical equipment design, electrical and equipment design, controls design and configuration, substation and power transmission design, construction management, start-up and performance testing. Sega has 170 engineers, technicians, and support staff. The company has expertise in power plant technologies and fuels including coal, natural gas, land-fill gas, gasification, biomass, and wind.


 NEL is a leading manufacturer and global supplier of water electrolysis equipment for generating hydrogen. The company’s hydrogen generators are used worldwide in industrial applications, fueling stations, and distributed-energy systems.  
NEL, a Norwegian energy company.

Advisory Board

Thomas M. Turmell

 Thomas M. Turmell is a Managing Director with TMT Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment firm focused on making direct investments in the middle and lower-end of the middle market, and on providing financial advisory services to high growth companies.  Prior to founding TMT Capital, Mr. Turmell held the position of Principal at Golub Capital, providing senior debt, junior debt, and equity capital to middle market companies.  Mr. Turmell joined the firm in 2004 to establish and build the firm’s Chicago office, make new investments, and participate in portfolio management.

Prior to Golub Capital, Mr. Turmell was a Vice President with Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C., an operationally-oriented, middle market private equity firm focused on making control investments in middle market companies in the manufacturing, distribution, and publishing sectors.  Before Pfingsten, Mr. Turmell was a Vice President at LaSalle Bank, N.A., providing credit and non-credit financial solutions to middle market manufacturing, distribution and service businesses.

A Michigan native, Mr. Turmell holds a degree in Busines Admnistration from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA degree in Finance, Management & Strategy, and Organizational Behavior form the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Donald J. Hurd

Donald J. Hurd is President  & CEO of E3 Consulting, a Denver-based firm serving the energy-production sector. He has three decades of business experience, primarily providing a broad range of technical advisory services for electric utilities, municipalities, independent power producers, and lending institutions involved with 

existing and green-field projects in the United States and abroad. Mr. Hurd’s work spans the industry from renewable energy to central generating systems. His expertise is in solar and biomass technologies, combustion turbines, geothermal energy, reciprocating engines, fluid-bed combustion systems, and conventional solid-fuel boilers. 

Accomplished at building high-performing business teams, he has a successful track record of envisioning, contracting, designing, and executing professional services for complex energy projects. Over the past 25 years Mr. Hurd has performed all aspects of due diligence from pre-financial closing to annual operations reviews. He has been involved with single-project financings totaling $1.7 billion. 

He's reviewed several first-of-a-kind technology applications for renewable and conventional energy projects and has evaluated the US Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Technology Program projects. In addition, Mr. Hurd has worked with US, Japanese and German export credit agencies.

Among Mr. Hurd’s skills are providing technical advisory services in support of legal counsel to owners and lenders on distressed projects in operation and under construction. He has assessed a variety of potential operating scenarios 

and construction completion alternatives on both solid fuel and combustion turbine projects based on proposed recovery strategies.   Mr. Hurd has assisted independent power producers and municipalities with engineering, procurement , and construction contract negotiations; preparation of performance specifications for equipment bidding and inclusion in EPC contracts; bid evaluation; thermal cycle development; dispute resolution and O&M program assessment.  

Donald J. Hurd has a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Metropolitan State College of Denver and has been President & CEO of E3 Consulting for 10 years.