President and CEO
Ken Smith, PE, MBA, has been the president and CEO of Ever-Green Energy and its parent company District Energy St. Paul since 2010. A recognized leader in community and campus scale energy systems, Ken is actively engaged in industry, policy, and academic forums addressing a low-carbon energy future. He is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally and is regularly requested to brief local, state, and federal planners, policy makers, and regulators. For the past 8 years, Ken has participated in an energy policy exchange between Germany and the State of Minnesota.
Prior to joining Ever-Green Energy in 2006, Ken worked globally in the engineering and construction industry for over 20 years: planning, designing, and implementing mission critical projects, including central plants, microgrids, data centers, and facilities for advanced tech industries, campuses, international airports, and US Department of Defense.
Ken currently serves as president of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System Board of Directors (M-RETS); Incoming Chair of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce; and is a Fellow of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE). From 2014-2015 he served as Chair of the International District Energy Association board of directors. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Ken is a registered professional engineer in several US states.