Work Experience

Wayne Walker Conservation Consulting LLC
January 2008-Present
Round Top, Texas


  • 2006/7: Co-created the concept of the American Wind & Wildlife Institute
  • 2007-Present:  Hired by Horizon Wind Energy to develop voluntary off site mitigation strategy for Southern Plains development asset
  • January- June 2008: Hired as Launch Director of the American Wind & Wildlife Institute
  • Continue to serve as AWEA Vice Chair of Siting Committee
  • Speaking Engagements: 
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service Wind Turbine Technical Advisory Committee:  Selected by wind industry committee representatives to present “An Overview of the Wind Power Project Development Process and Financial Performance of Wind Energy Projects”.  March 2008
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Flight-Wind Energy Challenges Panel. January 2008, McAllen, Texas
    • American Wind Energy Association Fall Symposium-Addressing Wildlife Issues Panel Session Chair and Moderator:  November 2007, Carlsbad, California

University of Tulsa, Energy Management, guest professor, 2008

Family Sabbatical
September-December 2007

Horizon Wind Energy, LLC, fka Zilkha Renewable Energy LLC
October 2000-September 2007
Houston, Texas
Director of Project Development, Southwest Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas)

Played major role in support of Senate Bill 20 (Expanded Texas RPS) passage in 2005 Special Session.  Led Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (“CREZ”) efforts for TPUC 33672 in Spring/Summer 2007. 

  • Presented Certificate of Recognition from the United Stated Department of Energy in 2002 by Assistant Secretary of Energy, David Garman for “Leadership in promoting the establishment and use of wind energy technology in the State of Oklahoma.” 
  • Speaking Engagements: 
    • Colorado Public Utility Commission Senate Bill 100 Implementation Hearing (invited by Chairman):  August 2007
    • American Wind Energy Association Fall Symposium-Siting Panel Moderator:  December 2006, Phoenix, Arizona
    • United States Department of Energy Transmission Corridor Work Shop: Spring 2005, Chicago, Illinois, Wind Industry Representative
    • Texas:  Private Speaking Engagement with Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologists 2004
    • Oklahoma:   Oklahoma Wind/Renewables Conferences, multiple years
    • Kansas Transmission Summit with FERC Commissioner Nora Brownell October 2005
    • Presentations to multiple Southwest Power Pool transmission policy working groups 2003-2005


  • Played a leading role in the development of the wind industry in Oklahoma through legislative, regulatory, grassroots and industry participation Fall 2000-2005
  • Offered expert guidance, helped draft legislation, and supported passage of  Senate Bill 440 in Oklahoma in 2001
  • Founding member of renewable energy stake holder groups: Oklahoma Renewable Energy Counsel(“OREC”-educational outreach) and Oklahoma Renewable Energy Foundation (“OREF”-Lobbying)
  • Through OREF, participated in two rate cases at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission that secured a strong position for wind energy in Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s power supply portfolio

Blue Canyon Windpower, LLC

  • Obtained the first and largest power purchase agreement for wind energy in the State of Oklahoma with Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (January 2003)
  • Transitioned into project management role during 2003 construction of Phase I of Blue Canyon.  Responsible for closing all customer, land, permit and transmission obligations prior to commercial operations and equity funding
  • Played a lead role in equity due diligence process
  • Closed Joint Venture that created Blue Canyon Windpower, LLC
  • Negotiated the first interconnection agreement for wind energy in the Southwest Power Pool
  • Managed multiple consultants during all phases of wind project development
  • Successfully worked with Federal Aviation Administration to install first test location of new FAA lighting protocols for wind farms in U.S.

Blue Canyon Windpower II LLC

  • Negotiated largest off-take agreement (two power purchase agreements-151.2 MW) with AEP-PSO in Oklahoma to date (Spring 2006)  through settlement of two PURPA actions filed at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission
  • Negotiated assignment of land rights from AEP wind development subsidiary to enable project expansion
  • Transitioned into project management role during 2005 construction of Phase II of Blue Canyon.  Responsible for closing all customer, land, and permit obligations prior to commercial operations and equity funding
  • Played complimentary lead role in managing interconnection schedule slip issue with Blue Canyon II, Western Farmers and Public Service Company of Oklahoma Construction Project Managers

Meridian Way Wind Farm LLC

  • Successfully developed 200 MW Project in Cloud County, Kansas by turning siting challenge lessons learned into competitive advantage for project site.
    • Led comprehensive proprietary mapping effort to locate optimum site in Kansas with available transmission, minimum habitat impacts and economic wind resource.
    • Successfully led outreach program with major wildlife conservation ngos which created competitive advantage with potential energy off-takers in Kansas and Missouri
    • Educated utilities on benefits of pro-actively dealing with site specific ecosystem impacts in request for proposal  creation and evaluation process
  • Secured power purchase agreement with Empire Electric District (105 MW) Summer 2007
  • Secured short list position with Westar Energy Summer 2007 (96 MW).  Power purchase agreement secured by Horizon post resignation.
  • Managed multiple development team members over 5 years to deliver a low risk development asset to Horizon Construction Team
  • Resolved complex interconnection strategy with other Horizon personnel so that executed interconnection agreement could be utilized


  • Secured 2X mega-scale development assets in eastern and south eastern Colorado in excess of 1G each.
  • Developed and implemented complex, multi-phase interconnection strategy with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Company
  • Engaged wildlife conservation community proactively to address potential siting challenges and mitigation options to build upon success of Kansas lessons learned


  • Starting from scratch in Spring 2006, acquired 2.5 GW development pipeline in anticipation of PUCT 33672 Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (“CREZ”) docket created by Texas Senate Bill 20 (Expanded Texas RPS) passage in 2005 Special Session.
  • Assisted with pursuit of power purchase agreements for existing development assets in 2006/2007

Industry Affiliations

  • Founding member of American Wind Energy Association’s Steering Group for siting related issues Spring 2005-Present
  • Wildlife Committee, Vice-Chair, American Wind Energy Association June 2005-Present
  • Wind Coalition Executive Board Member (2005-2007) Vice President of Wind Coalition (2007), Wildlife Committee Chair (2006/2007) and SPP Committee Chair (2005-2006)
  • National Wind Coordinating Committee Grassland – Shrub Steppe Species Sub Group founding member and primary research funding party
  • Member of Interwest

OM Associates-Semiconductor Industry Manufacturers Representative
Richardson, Texas June 1993-December 1999
Tier 1 Account Manager

  • Key account focus: Motorola, Nokia, Nortel, and Seagate Technology
  • Consistent, non-commodity annual revenue growth:  1993-$2M, 1999-$12M
  • Proven ability to aggressively define, penetrate, close and manage key revenue generation opportunities
  • Facilitated development of future marketing strategy and product road maps with several manufacturers for multiple customers
  • Successfully defined, won and managed worldwide Philips Semiconductor ASIC design win efforts in 1997, 1998 and 1999 at Seagate Technology OKC
  • Traveled abroad to facilitate multiple phases of multi-national engineering and manufacturing project support
  • Managed distribution channel at Motorola, STB and ROW accounts

Capstone Electronics, Houston, Texas
March 1993-June 1993
Outside Sales Representative

Eddie Jones Development, Austin, Texas
Fall 1992-February 1993
Project Coordinator, Palladio Point Subdivision

Samedan Oil Corporation, Ardmore, Oklahoma
June 1991-July 1992

Mobil Oil Corporation, Denver, Colorado
Summer 1989
Land Department Internship


Baylor University, Waco, Texas
M.S., Environmental Studies; December 2000
GPA:  4.0
Thesis: Rejuvenating Rangeland:  An evaluation of Juniper Management techniques on the Edwards Plateau in Southwest Texas”

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
B.B.A., Petroleum Land Management; May 1991

Personal Affiliations

The Nature Conservancy, Texas Chapter
*Society of Rangeland Ecology (National & Texas Chapter)
International Society of Ecological Economics
Wildlife Conservation Society
National Geographic Society
Monitor Millennium Ecosystem Assessment through U.N. Foundation
Treasurer, Michael Skelly 2008 Congressional Campaign:


Cycling, fly-fishing, quail hunting, canoeing,  backpacking & weight lifting

Range restoration and wildlife management on family ranch in near Ozona, Texas

Contemplate future ecosystem market based projects/structures that properly reflect the value of environmental services as a means to move towards a sustainable society


Wife-Leslie, 11 years
Daughter-Ellie, 4 years


Available on request