We are happy to announce that Mike Pedersen has joined Mead & Hunt’s Water Resources team as a Client/Project Manager. Mike will primarily focus on the dams and hydropower markets in the Midwest, tapping a wealth of knowledge and industry contacts gained over nearly 40 years of experience.
Mike’s extensive experience spans multiple areas. He joins us from Kaukauna Utilities (KU) in Wisconsin where he served for 18 years, most recently as Director of Operations. In this role, Mike was responsible for managing utility operations including overseeing the electric distribution system, water distribution system, electric generation, systems operations center for seven hydro plants, hydro licensing and compliance, budgeting, and regulatory matters. Mike also served as KU’s construction project manager for numerous projects, including the complete reconstruction of the 8.8 megawatt Badger hydro plant.
Prior to joining KU, Mike held project and construction management roles in the electric utility and construction industries. Mike’s breadth of construction and management experience has enabled him to develop an impressive network of relationships within the hydro industry. According to Warren Hayden, Manager of Mead & Hunt’s Water Resources Department,
“Mike’s reputation within the hydro industry as an accomplished problem-solving manager coupled with his genuine, amiable personality make him a truly outstanding addition to our staff.”
In addition to his hydro operations and management experience, Mike has overseen the relicensing of four hydro plants from which he gained knowledge of the process and perspectives of an owner regarding license negotiations and implications. This fresh perspective, combined with Mike’s extensive industry relationships, will prove invaluable as the Water Resources team expands its services in the Midwest and beyond. Mike says,
“I’m excited to join Mead & Hunt. Their values of taking care of people, doing the right thing, and conducting their business with utmost integrity make this opportunity one I am looking forward to.”
Because Mead & Hunt was founded by hydropower pioneer Daniel Mead in 1900, hydropower has been a key part of the firm’s identity since its inception. Our firm’s hydropower legacy in the Midwest runs deep and adding Mike to our staff positions us well to continue and grow that legacy in the future. This is vital as our nation’s hydro assets are aging. We look forward to leveraging Mike’s talents to provide effective solutions to improve the health, safety, and welfare of the hydro industry and the communities we serve.