Meet Our Team

Steve JohnsonStephen R. Johnson

Vice President, Development
Tenaska Solar Ventures
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Steve Johnson leads the development of greenfield solar projects, as well as the acquisition of solar projects in operation or under development.  Steve has more than 20 years of mergers and acquisitions and business development experience within the energy industry.

Prior to joining Tenaska, Steve was the principal at Thunder Road Consulting where he originated the energy investments for a $1 billion private equity fund. Steve has also held senior roles in development and mergers and acquisitions for Calpine Corporation. 

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of LaVerne in LaVerne, Calif., and a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of International Business degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Dusty FriedmanDustin A. Friedman

Tenaska Solar Ventures
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Dusty Friedman manages the plans, budgets and transaction closings and conducts market analysis and due diligence surrounding solar acquisitions, joint ventures, partnering opportunities and greenfield development.

His eight years of mergers and acquisitions and business development experience within the energy and financial services sectors also includes acquisition and divestiture of operating energy facilities and infrastructure. Prior to joining Tenaska, Dusty worked in mergers and acquisitions and restructuring at AIG, Cowen and Company’s Alternative Energy Investment Banking group, and consulting at Accenture. 

Dusty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

He supports Tenaska Solar Ventures from Tenaska’s headquarters location in Omaha, Neb.

Bob RamaekersRobert A. Ramaekers

Vice President, Development
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Bob Ramaekers manages Tenaska’s domestic power plant development efforts and market analysis efforts, including site development, due diligence for acquisitions, and coordinating acquisition and finance closing activities.
He also directs permitting and development activities for the Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South and Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West near El Centro, Calif.

Bob has 19 years of industry experience, 15 of them with Tenaska. He previously served as Tenaska’s Director of Marketing Services where he supervised Tenaska’s market analysis team, which supports the company’s power plant development, acquisition and power marketing businesses. In addition, he represents Tenaska on various industry subcommittees, working groups and task forces, including the PJM Interconnection Planning Committee.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Nebraska.

David KirkwoodDavid W. Kirkwood

Vice President and Treasurer
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David Kirkwood is responsible for leading Tenaska’s Finance group in its efforts to support project development activities.

The Finance group provides support to all organizations within Tenaska, including Asset Management, Engineering and Procurement, and the marketing companies.

David joined Tenaska in 1999 and most recently served as vice president, strategic development, where he coordinated efforts to evaluate corporate investment opportunities.

He is a member of the Executive Review Committee for Soltage, LLC, a New Jersey-based photovoltaic solar development company in which Tenaska employee-owners are investors.

David previously served as director of finance for asset management in Tenaska’s Operations Group and earlier was a member of Tenaska’s Finance Group, participating in project development, project and corporate financings, and interest rate risk management.

Before joining Tenaska in 1999, he led tax, investment accounting and risk management for the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society in Omaha, Neb., and worked for Arthur Anderson LLP.

David, a certified public accountant, has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration-accounting from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Nebraska. He also holds an Associate of Risk Management designation with the Insurance Institute of America.

Andy JonesAndrew R. Jones

Project Manager
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Andy Jones oversees the design and construction of power plant projects in which Tenaska affiliates have ownership. He is also active in the technical support of new project development and acquisition.

His responsibilities include managing the projects’ construction contracts, budgets and schedules.

He has more than 28 years of experience as an engineer and manager in the power generation industry. His experience includes development, design, construction, startup and operation of gas, oil, geothermal and nuclear power generation facilities. Since 1998, when Andy joined Tenaska, he has managed construction of the 945-megawatt Tenaska Georgia Generating Station and 885-megawatt Tenaska Virginia Generating Station, in addition to providing asset management services for the generating portfolio managed by Tenaska Capital Management, LLC.

Prior to joining Tenaska, Andy was employed by CalEnergy, Applied Power Associates, Wisconsin Electric, and Brown Boveri Turbomachinery.

Andy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Nebraska. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a licensed professional engineer.


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