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Global Clean Energy has named two new executives to its team. Photo via Getty Images

A Houston-based developer of green technology projects is expanding its management team by partnering with an affiliate of C2 Industrial Group.

Global Clean Energy's joint venture aims to “build, develop and manage sustainable clean energy projects in various forms while reducing negative carbon emissions or footprints” according to a news release.

James Wiseman has been named as chief legal officer and Jacob Sacks has been named as CFO. They join the current management team of George Azimov, president, and Chris Boll, chief revenue officer and director. Together, the goal is to engage professionals from C2 Industrial Group to present and acquire business opportunities that align with the goals and values of Global Clean Energy.

“GCEI's mission and purpose could not be more critical in today's trying times,“ Wiseman says in a news release. “We must build sustainable businesses and industries. We must reduce the carbon footprint of business and industry. We must invest in green supply chains and emerging technologies. We need to think and act with clarity of purpose. That's what we intend to do as we look to acquire and build projects for GCEI that fulfill that mission.”

Wiseman recently served as principal and chief legal officer of C2 Industrial based in Joshua, Texas. He has over 25 years of experience buying, developing and operating real estate in New York and Texas with Cayuga Capital Management LLC. Sacks recently served as principal and CFO of C2 Industrial.

“We are pleased to be working with GCEI to combine and bring scale to companies that both have strong growth prospects and provide material benefits to the environment through their operations, in a prudent and financially responsible manner,” Sacks adds in the release.

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Four energy companies are putting their money where their mouths are following Hurricane Beryl. Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Four major energy companies in the Houston area have chipped in more than $400,000 to support relief efforts for Hurricane Beryl in Southeast Texas. Nationwide, it’s estimated that the storm caused at least $28 billion in damage and economic losses.

Here’s a breakdown of contributions announced by the four energy companies.

Baker Hughes Foundation

The Baker Hughes Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Houston-based energy technology company Baker Hughes, gave a $75,000 grant to the Houston chapter of the American Red Cross for Hurricane Beryl relief efforts.

“We understand recovery and rebuilding can take weeks or months, and we support the American Red Cross’ mission of providing people with clean water, safe shelter, and food when they need them most,” says Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes.

CenterPoint Energy

Houston-based CenterPoint Energy, which at one point had more than 2 million customers without power due to Hurricane Beryl, says its foundation has donated to several disaster relief organizations in the region. These include the American Red Cross of Coastal Bend, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Combined Arms, and the 4B Disaster Response Network in Brazoria and Galveston counties.

As of July 11, the company had also provided:

  • More than 30,000 bottles of water to cooling centers and distribution centers in the Houston area.
  • Meals to local first responders.
  • Mobile power generation at cooling centers, hospitals, senior living centers, and water treatment plants.

CenterPoint didn’t assign a dollar value to its contributions.

“Our first priority is getting the lights back on. At the same time, we have seen firsthand the devastation our neighbors are facing, and our commitment to the community goes beyond restoration efforts,” says Lynnae Wilson, senior vice president of CenterPoint’s electric business.


Houston-based ConocoPhillips contributed $200,000 to relief efforts for Hurricane Beryl. The company also is matching donations from U.S. employees of ConocoPhillips.

The money is being split among the Houston Food Bank, Salvation Army and American Red Cross.

“Houston is our hometown, and many of our employees and neighbors have been impacted by Hurricane Beryl,” says Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillip.

Entergy Texas

Entergy Texas, based in The Woodlands, donated $125,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Beryl relief efforts. The money will go toward emergency needs such as food, shelter, and medical care.

“Our commitment to helping communities in distress remains unwavering, and we are hopeful that our contribution will offer relief and comfort to those facing hardships in the storm’s aftermath,” says Eliecer Viamontes, president and CEO of Entergy Texas.

Entergy Texas supplies electricity to about 512,000 customers in 27 counties. It’s a subsidiary of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp.

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