JAMES KEENER – Chief Executive Officer

James “Jim” Keener joined Sentient Energy in 2014 as Chief Executive Officer.  Jim’s key mission is to lead the business development and strategic marketing efforts of Sentient Energy.

Before joining Sentient Energy, Jim was vice president, technical services for the Power Generation  Division of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), where he was responsible for all technical and engineering activities associated with NextEra Energy’s non-nuclear assets worldwide. In his most recent role at NextEra Energy, Jim served as Florida Power & Light Company’s vice president of transmission & substations and was responsible for overseeing the delivery of electricity from all generating sources to the distribution network, and to wholesale customers through FPL’s transmission system. Jim was a part of the effort that resulted in FPL receiving the first Deming prize awarded to a non-Japanese company.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. He holds U.S. patents for Dispatchable Renewable Energy Generation, Control, & Storage Facility and System & Methods for Air Intake Filter Assemblies. He has authored and presented for industry groups for Power Generation and Combustion Turbine Technology. Jim was named “2015 Smart Grid Pioneer” by Smart Grid Today.