Board of Directors
Thomas R. Casten
Recycled Energy Development LLC
Tom has spent 30 years developing and operating combined heat and power plants as a way to lower carbon dioxide emissions and save money. He is currently the Chairman of Recycled Energy Development LLC located in Westmont, Illinois and was the former Chair and CEO of Primary Energy Ventures (formerly Private Power LLC), an independent power developer in Oak Brook, IL with a Toronto Stock Exchange traded subsidiary, Primary Energy Recycling Corp, focused on projects utilizing waste heat and waste fuel.
From 1986 to 1999, Tom founded and served as President & CEO of Trigen Energy Corporation whose mission is to produce electricity, heat and cooling with one-half the fossil fuel and one-half the pollution of conventional generation. He led the IPO, taking the company public on the NYSE. Trigen produces energy at 50 plants in 19 states, Canada and Mexico. In early 2000, Tom and other minority investors sold the company to the majority shareholder.
From 1980 to 1986, he was CEO of Trigen's predecessor company, Cogeneration Development Corp. Prior to CDC, he spent eleven years with Cummins Engine Company where he established a business unit to combine generation of heat and power using diesel engines.
Tom has served as the President of the International District Energy Association, has received the Normal R. Taylor Award for distinguished achievement and contributions to the industry, and has been named a CHP Champion by the US Combined Heat and Power Association. He was the co-founder and Chairman of the World Alliance for Distributed Energy (WADE), an umbrella organization of national CHP and distributed energy associations, equipment vendors, government agencies and foundations that promote distributed generation to optimize the world's power system. In 2006, the WADE board inducted Tom as the first member of the WADE Hall of Fame.
Mr. Casten serves on the Board of Directors/Advisory Boards of the Carnegie Melon Electric Industry Center, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Ontario Alliance for Clean Technology (ACT), the Climate Institute, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Energy Task Force, and is an internationally recognized expert on energy and related environment issues. His articles have been widely published and he has testified on numerous occasions before U.S. Senate and House Energy committees and has advised Canadian, Indian, Chinese and Brazilian government officials on power industry governance. Tom's book, Turning off the Heat, published by Prometheus Press in 1998, explains how the world can save money and pollution. He recently co-authored a chapter in Energy and American Society, Thirteen Myths, Sovacool & Brown, challenging the myth that the central electric systems are optimal.
He was founding Chairman of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, now in its 19th season, is a past President of the Westchester-Putnam Council Boy Scouts of America, was named the Council's distinguished Eagle Scout in 1997 and currently serves on the DesPlaines Council BSA.
From 1964 to 1968, Tom was an engineer officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and spent one year in Vietnam. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Colorado, with a B.A. in Economics, and was valedictorian of his 1969 graduating class of Columbia University's M.B.A. program.