Founder/Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the Board
Mr. Krouse founded Hydro Green Energy in 2002. Mr. Krouse invented a modular and interchangeable hydropower system that has been issued several U.S. and foreign patents. Mr. Krouse's goal is to commercialize the technology to generate cost effective, zero carbon, renewable energy without having to construct new dams or impoundments.
Mr. Krouse has experience in managing and driving growth to profitability in small start-up companies. Mr. Krouse held International Business Development, Marketing and Technical Sales positions with Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals between 1995-2001. Mr. Krouse held Senior Field Engineer and Field Engineer Positions with Schlumberger between 1993-1995.
Mr. Krouse graduated from Tulane University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Krouse was the Research & Development Chairperson of the National Hydropower Association in 2007.
Michael Allen is the founder and President of Providence Energy Corporation of Dallas, TX, an oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Allen has been an active buyer of oil and gas properties in 15 states. From inception, Providence Energy Corporation acquired interests in over 4,000 wells from companies such as Devon Energy, Sempra Energy, Fina Oil and Gas, Coastal and Apache. Providence Energy is the managing partner of over 2.0 million net acres of minerals in the domestic U. S.
Mr. Allen graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is a certified public accountant and he spent the first few years of his career in Dallas with Ernst and Ernst. Mr. Allen is actively involved in several inner city projects funding camps, schools and turn-around projects in the North Texas area. He and his wife and family live in Dallas.
Intellectual Property Attorney
James D. Petruzzi received his bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering with honors from the University of Texas and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. Jim worked with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, a San Francisco-based national law firm and concentrated in litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property matters and antitrust. Jim also worked with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, an international general practice law firm in the Dallas, Texas area exclusively litigating patent, trademark and copyright matters. Jim is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice in Texas, California, and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Petruzzi has litigated patent, trademark and copyright cases in courts throughout the United States and has significant courtroom and arbitration experience presenting cases before judges and juries and at the American Arbitration Association and has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
FERC Regulatory Attorney
James H. (Jim) Hancock, Jr. is a Partner in Balch & Bingham's Energy section. His practice is focused primarily on the licensing and relicensing of hydroelectric power projects under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act, including license compliance and administration, relicensing, Clean Water Act compliance, water withdrawals and project joint uses, water rights, shoreline management and environmental issues. He has also been involved in most legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting the hydropower industry over the past 15 years.
Mr. Hancock also advises clients on federal election law issues, including registration and administration of political action committees, lobbying registration and campaign finance. Mr. Hancock has testified before Congress on hydropower legislation and is a frequent speaker on issues affecting the hydropower industry.