He was hired with the understanding that he would be Brostrom’s likely successor, he said. It just happened a little earlier than he might have expected.
Hardy lives in Boston, is married and has two young children at home, and three older teens and young adult children living in other states, he said.
Prior to joining Ørsted, he worked for Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas out of Portland, Ore.; and for Senvion in Hamburg, Germany. Senvion has been sold to Siemens Gamesa, Hardy said.
There will be plenty of demand for new turbines in the United States, and a wide variety of products needed to build and service them, Hardy said.
There are commitments for 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy generation by the Middle Atlantic and Northeastern states by 2035.
“We have 42 (MW) spinning offshore in the U.S.,” Hardy said. “Six thousand are contracted — 1,100 plus for New Jersey — and we have about 50% of that or 3,000 megawatts.”
“David’s strong commercial experience and deep knowledge of the wind power industry will be a huge asset for Ørsted, and for an industry that is poised to become a dominant source of energy for millions of Americans,” said Martin Neubert, global executive vice president and CEO of Ørsted Offshore Wind, the parent company of the North America group.