west texas power  company


brain trust

providing advanced expertise

West Texas Power Brain Trust: Our Visionaries --- our "out-of-the-box" planning team. The “Brain Trust” for our organization (WTPC) has evolved to include 3 professional engineers with extensive wind, solar, water and storage experience; 1 PhD, retired, and 1 active head of University Renewable Energy Departments; the head of West Texas Wind Consortium; and a Col. US Army (retired).

Roderick E. Wetsel is Board Certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law. His firm, Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP, has been actively involved in the negotiation of wind energy leases in over 50 wind projects on behalf of Texas landowners since 1999. The Firm also has an extensive practice in the areas of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Civil Trial Law, Real Estate and Estates and Probate Law. Roderick is familiar with inter connection and power purchase agreements, but he will consult with Infigen and ABB legal counsel to coordinate these agreements and any other legal arrangements associated with renewable energy, as needed.

JEFF RUSSELL, QA-QC/Military Liaison
Jeff Russell is a retired Army Colonel, is an experienced leader with a proven record of accomplishment in many areas. Jeff has been a successful business developer for two technology corporations. He served over two years as a Department of the Army Civilian, Supervisory Intelligence Specialist in Iraq following his retirement from the Army. Jeff’s last military job was the Chief of Current Operations at US Army North in San Antonio Texas where he ran a technologically advanced operations center for the Army’s Homeland Defense mission. He has served in Iraq, Kuwait, Korea and throughout the United States. His Army functional specialty is Strategic Plans and Policy although he has also worked in Acquisition, Simulations, Budgeting and Training. Jeff has commanded two tank companies, an armored battalion and a training support brigade. He was a US Army War College graduate fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas; he has a Master of Science in Administration, and a BA in Political Science and History.

BRIAN BECK - Consultant
With over 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry in Europe and USA, Brian Beck has participated in electric supply restructuring in UK and North America. Educated in Britain, he is a chartered engineer, registered with the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the IEEE, and the Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers.  He gained extensive management experience with a major European manufacturing electrical engineering company, Holec NV, culminating as the CEO of its U.K. group of companies. Holec was a major manufacturer of electrical rotating machines, switchgear, transformers and control systems. He has published several articles on critical and secure power supplies. From 1991, he has been actively involved in many aspects of the restructuring of the North American electricity supply industry. He retired from Caterpillar in 2007 where, as General Manager of Caterpillar Energy Solutions, he had responsibility for initiatives in power quality and distributed generation. Since that time he has worked in the field of energy storage, specifically with Prudent Energy and the vanadium redox flow battery, with emphasis on the integration of renewable resources into electricity grid systems.

JAMIE CHAPMAN, Ph.D. - Consultant
Jamie Chapman is a creative, broadly-experienced senior manager of people, multidisciplinary programs and technology-driven businesses whose career and activities have spanned the industrial, governmental and academic arenas in the US and internationally. Dr. Chapman’s career focus over the last two and a half decades has been on utility-scale wind power and other renewable energy systems, their overall design and control, interface to the grid, financing and economics. Prior service included the management, funding and design of measurement systems deployed to assess the capabilities of strategic weapons systems of foreign powers. In prior engagements with Vestas Technologies, the OEM Development Corporation, and KENETECH Windpower, he was responsible for the funding, management, execution, and field maintenance of utility-scale wind turbine systems. In parallel research activity, he led the development of advanced drive train systems planned for use in next-next-generation product systems, including applications of remote sensing to loads control. As a member of the Senior Research Faculty at Texas Tech University, he managed the R&D office in Madison, Wisconsin and liaison with R&D activities in Denmark and Germany, requiring extensive travel and interaction with university and industrial R&D partners. He has four patent disclosures with others in process, and has authored numerous articles and professional papers in topics related to wind power and other sources of renewable energy. 

Paul K. Carlton, Jr., M.D. Lt. General, USAF (Ret) Director, Office of Innovations and Preparedness. 
The Texas A&M University System Health Science  Center
Paul K. Carlton, Jr. received his Bachelor of Science degree for the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969 and his doctor of medicine from the University of Colorado in 1973.  Dr. Carlton serves as Director to the Office of Innovations and Preparedness for The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.  He joined the Texas A&M Faculty in November of 2002.  Dr. Carlton also served as the Surgeon General of the Air Force from 1999 to 2002.As the Surgeon General of the Air Force, he served as a functional manager of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service.  He had authority to commit resources worldwide for the Air Force Medical Service to make decisions affecting the delivery of medical services and to develop plans, programs and procedures to support peacetime and wartime medical service missions.  Dr. Carlton is a fellow and former Air Force governor of the American College of Surgeons.  He was named a consultant in general surgery to the Air Force surgeon general in 1981.  He conceptualized and implemented the first Air Force rapid- response surgical team in Europe – the flying ambulance surgical trauma team.  During Operation Desert Storm, he commanded the 1702nd Air Refueling Wing Contingency Hospital, completing 32 combat support missions and 140 combat flying hours in the C-21, C-130, KC-10 and KC-135.  He has published extensively in medical literature.  He is an 11,000 case surgeon who continues to “wash his hands” whenever he can.  His vision for medical care in the combat zone led directly to our current best survival in the history of warfare. Dr. Carlton and his wife, Jan have four grown children.

Ken Starcher

Karl Rabago

John Mastrovich

Billy Tiller

Steve Lyons

Hala Ballouz

Dr. Mark Ballouz