NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ørsted, a leading global clean energy company, has hired Kevin Hansen, a seasoned government and economic development professional, to lead government affairs and policy in New York State. Hansen is responsible for setting and shaping the company’s legislative and regulatory agenda in the state and supporting new growth initiatives that further enhance Ørsted’s position as the go-to partner for renewable energy and economic development.
“Ørsted is building a smart and capable team to engage with government partners and represent our work at the market level,” said David Ortiz, Head of Government Affairs and Market Strategy, Northeast for Ørsted Americas. “Kevin brings valuable experience working in policy roles in New York and understands this state’s energy priorities and needs. His expertise in this market will help Ørsted advocate for policies and projects that will accelerate the energy transition and bring clean, affordable energy to more New Yorkers.”
Prior to joining Ørsted, Hansen served as the Senior Vice President and Head of Public Policy for Empire State Development (ESD), a New York State government agency focused on encouraging business investment and job creation. While at ESD, Kevin led departments responsible for public policy, legislative affairs, economic analysis and research, energy and climate initiatives, and environmental programs for small businesses. Before his nearly decade-long tenure with the State of New York, Kevin worked for the mayor’s office in Washington, D.C., and as a consultant for Bain & Company.
Kevin holds an M.P.A. degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he was awarded the Bohnett Public Service Fellowship, and a B.B.A. in Accounting and a B.S. in Political Science from The University of Iowa, where he graduated with honors and distinction. He will be based in New York City.
In his new capacity, Hansen will also serve as a member of the board of directors of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium and on the steering committee of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance.
”After spending the past decade in government service, I am eager to begin this new role advancing clean energy from within my home state of New York,” said Kevin Hansen, Head of Government Affairs and Policy, New York at Ørsted Americas. “In little more than a decade, Ørsted transformed itself from a fossil fuel company to a clean energy leader. I’m excited to play a role in further advancing that leadership and growing a new American industry.”
A global clean energy leader, Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and land-based wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted is the only energy company in the world with a science-based net-zero emissions target as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. Four years in a row, the company was ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company by Corporate Knights.
In the United States, the company has approximately 650 employees and a growing portfolio of clean energy assets and partnerships that includes offshore wind energy, land-based wind energy, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. A leader across the renewable energy sector in the United States, Ørsted holds the top position in offshore wind energy with approximately 5 gigawatts in development and operates America’s first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Block Island. Ørsted has a total U.S. land-based capacity of 5 gigawatts across wind, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. To learn more about the Ørsted U.S. business, visit us.orsted.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ØrstedUS).