Michael Burns is the senior vice president of operations and engineering for Ever-Green Energy. Burns has worked for District Energy and its affiliated companies since 1998. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the energy generation facilities and distribution systems for District Energy, District Cooling, Ever-Green Energy-Duluth and Energy Park Utility Company. Michael has been instrumental in the implementation of a 33-MW, biomass-fired combined heat and power facility, development of the renewable fuel market for the CHP plant, and integration of this facility into the local energy delivery system. Under his leadership, District Energy and District Cooling operations have achieved best-in-class reliability while experiencing rapid rates of growth. He has more than 18 years of engineering and managerial experience in all aspects of energy facility operations and project implementation, from large electric utility generating units to renewable energy and CHP installations. Michael has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.