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Burns Expands Power and Utilities Practice

February 9, 2024

Burns expands power and utilities practice with the welcomed addition of three energy industry leaders: Power & Utilities Director Darrell Widner, P.E., Project Manager Ernie Leaf, P.E., PMP, and Project Manager Patrick Eddy, P.E.

The trio adds to Burns’ growing expertise designing and implementing many of the largest, most innovative campus energy and utility modernization projects in the country.

“As district energy systems decarbonize and enhance resilience, demand for reliable energy generation and distribution infrastructure will continue to grow,” said Burns’ Power & Utilities Practice Lead Roger Copeland, P.E. “At Burns, we’re thrilled to build upon our deep bench of energy engineering leaders, responding to clients’ ever-changing technical, financial and operational challenges.”

“Achieving large energy users’ decarbonization and resilience goals requires an experienced management team with a proven track record leading the design and implementation of multi-discipline, complex central utility programs,” said Burns’ Vice President Mike Walton, P.E. “By adding Darrell, Ernie and Patrick to the team, our clients gain access to even greater depth of expertise and lessons learned from the country’s most state-of-the-art district energy and microgrid projects.”

Burns’ Power and Utilities practice provides clients with capital planning, project design, and construction management services — ranging from renewable energy microgrids and grid-interconnected power plants to district heating and cooling solutions. Our team has planned, designed or constructed more than 2 Gigawatts (GW) of sustainable or resilient energy projects as well as more than 300,000 tons of chilled water projects.

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