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Energy Investment Insights: Leaders from Quantum Capital Group, EIG, and Kimmeridge at the New York Energy Capital Assembly

 

Written by Tazmyn Gounden, Head of Investor Research, Energy Council 

Published 29 April 2024

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In the lead-up to the New York Energy Capital Assembly, taking place at Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square from June 6-7, 2024, we had the opportunity to sit down with three visionary leaders in the energy investment sector: Keila Diamond, Jeannie Powers, and Meagan Hays. These influential figures, who will all be speaking at the assembly, have leveraged their diverse experiences to drive significant advancements toward a more secure and sustainable energy future. Their leadership transcends mere technical expertise, influencing broad strategic visions that are setting up their respective organizations for future success.

Keila Diamond

Keila Diamond

Managing Director and Head of ESG

Quantum Capital Group

Jeannie Powers

Jeannie Powers

MD and Co-Head of Domestic Upstream

EIG Global Energy Partners

Megan Hays

Megan Hays

MD, Head of Sustainable Investment & Engagement

Kimmeridge Energy

Diverse Experiences Forge Visionary Leadership

In an industry where technical acumen is invaluable, Keila, Jeannie, and Meagan have navigated diverse career journeys across different geographies, industries, and roles within the energy sector. Their broad experience has not only shaped them into successful leaders with expansive perspectives but also profoundly influenced the strategic vision within their respective organizations.

Keila Diamond of Quantum Capital Groups exemplifies this with her holistic approach in her role as Managing Director and Head of ESG. With a background spanning multiple continents and a diverse range of sectors, she integrates a global perspective with local operational needs, ensuring ESG factors are deeply embedded in Quantum's investment strategies. This approach not only mitigates risks but also enhances long-term profitability by aligning investor values with global sustainability goals.

Jeannie Powers, Managing Director and Co-Head of Domestic Upstream at EIG, leverages her extensive engineering expertise to effectively manage operational efficiency and ensure regulatory compliance. Her expertise in asset valuation, a keen eye for management teams, and thorough due diligence are essential to her leadership success. Her unique perspective, enriched by her comprehensive grasp of both the operational and financial dimensions of energy management, allows her to assess the suitability of a management team for driving company success. This skill set is vital for securing investments that are not only safe but also strategically aligned with evolving market dynamics.

Meagan Hays, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Investment and Engagement, leverages her 16-year background in E&P companies to drive sustainable investment strategies. Her experience with oil price cycles and shale development has shaped her view of sustainability as essential for risk mitigation and strong returns. At Kimmeridge, Megan emphasizes a clear, adaptable vision, focusing on specific sustainability targets and energy transition investments. She values collaborating Kimmeridge’s talented teams to drive meaningful progress and returns.

Strategic Investment and Commitment to Sustainability

Transitioning from leadership to action, these executives also champion strategic investments and commitments to sustainability within their organizations.

Keila Diamond‘s role at Quantum Capital Group exemplifies how ESG considerations are intricately woven through every phase of the investment lifecycle. From due diligence to exit strategies, Keila ensures that ESG factors are not just tick-box exercises but pivotal criteria that enhance the value and resilience of investments. This methodical integration and commitment to ESG supports Quantum Capital Group’s goal of maximizing returns to their investors, creating value for their portfolio companies and communities, actively managing risks, and driving business resilience and growth.

Jeannie Powers, from EIG, underscores the pivotal role of strategic investments in the energy sector, advocating for a nuanced understanding that starving traditional energy of capital won't expedite the transition. With a keen eye on the dynamics of traditional energy markets, Powers navigates discussions around how geopolitical tensions might influence investment strategies. She underscores the need for a balanced approach to the energy transition, recognizing the significant capital required while championing sustainability. Furthermore, she ensures that EIG's investment decisions prioritize management teams' comprehension and compliance with regulatory standards, including considerations like methane emissions reduction.

Under Megan Hays’ guidance, Kimmeridge has been a leading advocate for aligning compensation with the shareholder experience, improving environmental stewardship, and setting net zero goals backed by transparent action plans. Kimmeridge’s white papers provide a roadmap for aligning the E&P business model with a lower-carbon energy system. This approach led Kimmeridge’s portfolio company, Civitas to become Colorado's first carbon-neutral oil and gas producer. Moreover, Kimmeridge has established a sustainability benchmark for its private equity holdings, outlining performance standards and using internal carbon pricing to incentivize emissions reductions and treat sustainability challenges as opportunities for improvement.

Industry Challenges and Opportunities: Insights for the Future

Megan Hays, Keila Diamond, and Jeannie Powers provided visionary leadership insights into the evolving challenges and opportunities within the energy sector, underscoring the future direction of the industry.

Megan Hays advocates for energy pragmatism, balancing urgency for climate action with patience in selecting effective solutions. She advocates using the U.S. energy sector's expertise to expand technologies, address environmental challenges, and meet global energy needs. This approach positions Kimmeridge to capitalize on the shifting energy landscape, by strategically growing it’s portfolio across both traditional and new energy platforms.

Keila Diamond emphasizes the importance of integrating ESG principles comprehensively within Quantum Capital Group’s strategies, highlighting adaptability as crucial in utilizing industry changes for competitive advantage. Her focus on aligning financial returns with impactful environmental and social governance practices illustrates how responsible investments can propel societal advancement and industry growth.

Jeannie Powers, leading at EIG, identifies significant opportunities and challenges in the energy sector, and highlights the critical need to ensure adequate capital investment in the upstream sector to prevent potential macroeconomic challenges stemming from neglect. Moreover, Powers highlights the potential for innovation and investment in addressing stranded assets and exploring untapped reserves in regions like Guyana, Argentina, or the Middle East. Powers recognizes the opportunities presented by divestitures resulting from mega-mergers in the industry, offering the potential for new private teams. She also anticipates that private equity firms raising funds may seek opportunities in new private companies amid industry cycles of contraction and expansion.

The insights from Megan, Keila, and Jeannie not only forecast the trajectory of the energy sector but also demonstrate the power of visionary leadership in navigating its complexities. As they prepare to share their expertise at the New York Energy Capital Assembly, their perspectives are set to inspire further innovation and strategic adaptation. This dialogue is crucial as the energy sector strives to balance sustainability with energy security, ensuring it thrives in an era of rapid transformation and heightened environmental focus.

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