Executive Team

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Executive Team

Paul Plath, P.E.
President & CEO, Denver, Colorado

About Paul

Paul Plath is the President and CEO of E3 Consulting and one of its founders.  Now in his 19th year with the firm, Mr. Plath has led the firm’s independent engineering practice, building E3 into one of the most recognizable names in the project finance community.  Mr. Plath is well known within the industry and is a respected and trusted advisor in due diligence for top tier lenders, equity, developers and owners.

He has personally managed and performed due diligence reviews to support the construction financing or acquisition of over 200 electric power, energy, and infrastructure projects.  Projects reviewed cover a wide variety of power generation technologies, transmission projects,  alternative energy, mining, infrastructure and manufacturing facilities.  Mr. Plath also consults on plant life-cycle matters including O&M costs, major maintenance and life extension costs and decommissioning.  Mr. Plath has significant experience with new and emerging power generation and alternative energy technologies and has written numerous reports and papers to support the first-of-a-kind financing of new technologies. Mr. Plath has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Ginger Elbaum
Director of Operations, Denver, Colorado

About Ginger

Ms. Elbaum is a member of E3’s Management Team and an E3 Project Manager. She has more than 18 years of experience providing engineering, construction, and project management services related to power generation, water reclamation, and industrial processes.

Ms. Elbaum’s project experience includes wind, solar, water, natural gas, coal, and transmission (including submarine) installations. Ms. Elbaum has served as the Project Manager for pre-financing, refinancing, and sale/acquisition projects. As Project Manager Ms. Elbaum has interfaced with debt providers, equity providers, developers, and rating agencies. Additionally, Ms. Elbaum has served as the Project Manager for projects that require government funding, bond financings that require an investment rating, as well as projects that have large bank groups.

Ms. Elbaum has a strong background in project engineering and construction management. Prior to joining E3, Ms. Elbaum served as a Project Engineer and Field Engineer on-site during power plant construction for Calpine Corporation. During her tenure in construction, she was responsible for specifying and purchasing plant equipment for water treatment and power generation projects, managing major equipment vendor contracts, managing staff, managing construction crews (union and non-union) and schedules, writing specifications and scopes of work, and resolving punch list issues. She has managed relationships with City and County officials and site neighbors, managed the Architect/Engineer of Record, supported the Start-up and Operations groups during the commissioning phase, and was responsible for ensuring environmental compliance. Building on this experience, at E3 Ms. Elbaum provides due diligence reviews, including contracts, constructability, costs, and schedule, related to the construction aspect of a variety of projects. Ms. Elbaum also has provided construction monitoring services for a diverse range of projects.

The experience gained from the diversity in her range of responsibilities over her career has given her a good perspective for making decisions and evaluations as well as providing guidance related to power generation projects. Ms. Elbaum has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Jim Short
Chief Financial Officer, Denver, Colorado

About Jim

Mr. Short is the CFO and one of the founders of E3. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company, including meeting the goals and objectives set by the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors. Mr. Short has been providing consulting services including independent engineering review of both power and non-power projects for over 28 years. He specializes in financial model development, project feasibility studies, due diligence, and environmental permitting. He has developed financial models projecting operating results for discounted cash flow valuations; and for projects seeking public offerings, non-recourse loan facilities, and equity placements.

Mr. Short has extensive experience permitting power projects utilizing combustion turbines, diesel engines, and fluidized bed combustion boilers. He is also experienced in environmental site assessments, environmental compliance, and contingency and risk management planning. Mr. Short has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.