MAD Energy is a clean energy infrastructure developer and technology incubator.
Make A Difference (MAD) – By providing clean, abundant and affordable energy, MAD is pioneering a freer and more prosperous world.
MAD Energy Mission
Clean, abundant and affordable energy for the world. MAD Energy is building an ecosystem of clean energy projects and technologies tasked with transforming the global energy value chain.
Empowering a global energy renaissance
Technological advancements in power generation and distribution are poised to unlock an unprecedented level of abundance for humanity.
Transforming the global energy value chain
Initiated by investments in clean, large scale transitional energy infrastructure and fulfilled by the research and development of next generation energy technologies, MAD Energy is reviving and surpassing the ideas and achievements of the legacy energy value chain.
Macroeconomic conditions will yield two primary market opportunities:
- Large scale, clean energy infrastructure for emerging markets and regions of the world experiencing supply and demand imbalances.
- Next generation technologies to satisfy emergent energy requirements in industrial automation, computational infrastructure, electrification, and distributed energy solutions.
MAD Energy Ecosystem
LNG + Green Hydrogen
Adacen Data Centers
Power for Clean Data Centers
Next Generation Technologies
Founded by World-Class Energy Leaders with a History of Success
The Team That Is Making A Difference Now
LT GEN JON M. DAVIS (Ret.)
Chair, Strategic Advisory Board
Advisory Board Member
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Steve Youngdahl - Managing Director
Mr. Youngdahl’s extensive experience in sales and marketing spans a 45-year career.
He worked for Sebastiani Vineyards from 1977 to 1984, rising to Director of Marketing where he was an integral member of the team that launched the August Sebastiani Country Wine brand. The winery was undergoing a transformation to segregate and differentiate the premium varietals from the larger bulk wines. The successful rebranding from that effort was transformational and positioned the winery for future success.
In 1984, Mr. Youngdahl entered the commercial real estate brokerage business in Sonoma and quickly joined the ranks of top commercial real estate brokers in the area. He specialized in creating value in properties that was previously unrecognized.
In 1991, he moved his family to Sandpoint, Idaho where he founded, owned and operated Sandpoint Mortgage from 1991 to 2001. Sandpoint Mortgage became one of the leading lenders in Bonner County during the 90’s. He was responsible for hiring, training and managing the business. He was also the local expert on the Mac version of QuickBooks.
In 2001, Mr. Youngdahl started a successful financial counseling business.
Mr. Youngdahl returned to his marketing and sales roots in 2015 by starting and operating an LED light sales business. He specializes in providing cost analysis studies to assist commercial property owners in transitioning to more efficient LED lights and utilizing utility company incentives.
Volunteer activities include coaching T-Ball and Junior Tackle Football.
He was a Trustee on the Lake Pend Oreille School District Board for 11 years and served as Board Chair for his last five years. His leadership skills helped move the district into the upper echelons of student achievement in Idaho. When he retired from the Board, he started and hosted a local radio show called The School Zone dedicated to showcasing the Lake Pend Oreille School District.
Walt Teter - Director
Mr. Teter has focused his career on the development of energy related projects with a specific focus on projects based on clean power sources reducing GHG emissions using liquid natural gas (“LNG”). Investor/client value creation through identification of undervalued assets, the management of permitting, and the commercial structuring of opportunities has been the hallmark of his career activity. Mr. Teter has negotiated multiple complex agreements on behalf of clients and investors, including Purchase and Sale Agreements, Terminal Use Agreements, and corporate structure agreements required to execute complex power delivery chain and related infrastructure activities.
Over the last decade, Mr. Teter has been a principal negotiator or advisor for LNG SPA contracts with a notional volume in excess of 7,000,000 MM BTU/day. Additionally, he has been an investor, advisor and negotiator for the development and utilization of nearly a dozen LNG receiving and liquefaction terminals. In the terminal development role, deals negotiated by Mr. Teter secured investors a return of 600% in a period of only 18 months.
Prior to 2002, Mr. Teter held the position of Senior Vice-President at El Paso Energy where he was responsible for negotiating long-term LNG contracts and all LNG spot trading. The value realized during his three years at El Paso Energy exceeded $225 million (cash basis) and included the successful negotiation and monetization of a 20+ year LNG SPA, the re-opening of the Elba Island LNG receiving terminal, and the acquisition of more than a dozen spot cargoes.
Mr. Teter then embarked on a career in energy with Statoil, first in North America with the startup of power trading and IPP development and subsequently undertook a key role in the commercial development of the first LNG export project in Europe (Snøhvit). The Snøhvit project has been instrumental in opening up an entirely new frontier energy province, creating prosperity for Northern Norway and enhanced energy security in the Atlantic basin.
Mr. Teter is a founder and President of Featherwood International Management and Consulting, a leader in clean energy markets.
George R. Wentz Jr. - Managing Director
George R. Wentz, Jr. is a partner with the Davillier Law Group, which has offices in New Orleans, Louisiana and Sandpoint, Idaho. Mr. Wentz received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Delaware, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 1983 and served as the Administrative Editor of the Georgetown International Law Journal.
Mr. Wentz was appointed to the Office of Policy Development of the Federal Trade Commission by President Ronald Reagan, where he analyzed the economic impact of trade laws and regulations. He also developed and proposed legislative and regulatory approaches to enhance the overall efficiency of regulatory bodies. Since his days in the Reagan Administration, Mr. Wentz has continued to work in the areas of constitutional law and the intersection of economics and law.
Mr. Wentz has over thirty years experience in handling complex international litigation, maritime litigation, oil and gas exploration and production matters, alternative dispute resolution, international transactions, and providing general business advice. Mr. Wentz has been chosen to serve as an arbitrator in several significant international arbitrations.
Mr. Wentz has a reputation as a result-oriented lawyer known for innovative thinking and problem solving. During his career, he has worked in most aspects of the oil and gas business, representing leading international oil and gas exploration and production companies. He has also represented CFE (the power company of Mexico) in various matters. Mr. Wentz has been active in the power generation industry as well as the transportation industry on national and international levels.
Mr. Wentz has represented underwriters of various energy and power generation companies in significant subrogation matters, including Houston Casualty Company and underwriters at Lloyd’s of London. He has expertise in international tax issues related to offshore banking as well as commodities transactions, including banking and financing related to those transactions.
Mr. Wentz has assisted alternative energy and high tech companies in bringing their products to market.
Mr. Wentz is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He provided pro bono work following Katrina, where his efforts assisted in the formation of New Orleans’ public-private partnership for economic development. He received the 2008 Leadership in Law Award from New Orleans City Business Magazine.
Mr. Wentz is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Supreme Court, and all Louisiana State Courts. He has also litigated cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and in various Texas state courts.
Mr. Wentz resides in Sandpoint, Idaho. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Idaho College of Law, where he teaches a course in International Business Transactions.
Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis - Chair, Strategic Advisory Board
Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, USMC (Ret); President, Green Monarchs Enterprises Inc.
Jon joined the Marines in 1977, was commissioned after he graduated from college in 1980 and served 37 years as an aviator, instructor, leader, thinker, and doer.
He flew the AV-8A, TAV-8A, AV-8B, F-5, FA-18A-D, MV-22, AH-1W/Z, UH-1N/Y, CH-53D/E and KC-130T/J in service with the United States Marine Corps. In service as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force in the UK and Germany, he flew Jet Provosts, Hawks, Harrier T-4, and Harrier GR-3, 5 and 7. He commanded VMA-223, MAWTS-1 and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
In the course of his career, he has flown over 4,300 mishap free military hours plus over 1500 hours in general and experimental aviation aircraft. He is a rated Kodiak 100, Mooney Ovation and Velocity pilot.
Lt. General Davis also served as Deputy Commander --Network Warfare at Fort Meade, as well as Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command where he stood up to lead the nation’s first Cyber Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF).
His last active-duty billet was to serve as Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps.
He retired in 2017 from the Marine Corps after 37 years active-duty service and began his business career, helping good companies become better and helping many companies bring great ideas both to life and to market.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from Allegheny College, a Master of Science from Marine Corps University, and a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, “Boards That Lead” program.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rolls Royce North America, a Director on the board of Chemring Group, the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of MAD Energy, and as a business advisor for several cutting edge companies.
His expertise in both business strategy and implementation is invaluable to the goals, direction and overall future of MAD Energy, LP.
Jack Riedel - Advisor
Jack was the largest investor in and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Tall Umbrella, Inc. which provided a complete, turnkey Wi-Fi mobility system offering for small healthcare firms so that doctors and nurses could share secure patient information faster and more efficiently. Prior to that period, Jack served as Founding CEO of a CRM software company called Clientelligence (then called Client Dynamics) for three and a half years; the company was successfully sold to Dow Jones and the technology became the genesis of the Dow Jones wealth manager. Prior to that period, Jack served in four other early-stage companies, as a founding executive, key executive and/or large stakeholder. In total, four of the seven firms Jack helped start achieved profitable returns for their investor constituents, some reaching nine figure valuations.
Jack has served as an advisor to a number of venture capital firms, angel investors and analyst groups in the U.S. and abroad. In Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Senior Vice President level roles, he has consistently delivered against equity growth benchmarks for investors and guided these firms from inception to multi-millions in revenues. His successful execution of milestones is distinguished by the development of teams that find and serve the largest of flagship customers; Compaq, 3COM, Merrill Lynch, HP, SAIC, Palm, EDS, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Data General, TRW, Blue Cross, British Petroleum and Pacific Bell, and many others. Jack completed his Marketing degree with Mechanical Engineering emphasis from Michigan State University.
Daniel Davillier - Managing Director
Daniel E. Davillier is the founder of the Davillier Law Group, LLC. Prior to launching the firm, Mr. Davillier was a partner at Phelps Dunbar, LLP. He advises clients in commercial finance, commercial real estate, commodities trade transactions, general business, local governmental relations, and gaming. In connection with the film industry in Louisiana, Mr. Davillier represents financial institutions and production companies concerning film finance, tax credit, and related matters. Mr. Davillier also represents a number of professional athletes in the NBA and NFL concerning commercial transactions throughout the United States, including the acquisition of businesses, the establishment of 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations, and the recovery of funds from third parties.
Mr. Davillier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from the University of New Orleans. He graduated, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 1994. While at Tulane, Mr. Davillier served as President of the Black Law Students Association and served on the Moot Court Board. He was inducted into the international legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, and won American Jurisprudence Awards for Security Rights and Obligations II. He is a recipient of the 2011 Leadership in Law Award from the New Orleans City Business publication and the 2012 Multicultural Leadership Award from the Louisiana Diversity Council.
Mr. Davillier is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association and the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. He is also a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and has served on the boards of the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the National Conference for Community and Justice, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, and St. Augustine High School.
ADACEN is a specialized data center operator and data solutions provider that is deploying cutting edge technology and infrastructure optimized for: 1) maximum infrastructure resiliency & security, 2) substantial efficiencies enabling lean operations, and 3) next-generation performance & scalability.
Central to ADACEN’s deployment model is securing each of these next generation data centers with pre-grid power. Building in utility-scale power sources that are directly connected to the infrastructure enables long-term data center operations during periods of grid failure or denial.
Enter MAD Energy – MAD Energy has entered an exclusive contract as ADACEN’s Power Integrator wherein MAD will provide a clean, stabilizing power supply for the rollout of a global network of ADACEN data center infrastructure.
Firebird LNG is developing the first liquefied natural gas facility and associated infrastructure in the Suriname-Guyana Basin. Firebird LNG was formed as a partnership between Phoenix Development Company (“PDC”) and MAD Energy (“MAD”). PDC has secured exclusive rights from Surinamese parastatals to develop infrastructure within a designated Special Economic Zone (“SEZ”). The SEZ is a greenfield 1,500-hectare site that has been dedicated for the development of a deep-water port and associated energy infrastructure.
The project, now entering its fourth year of development, has received all necessary permits and approvals by the Surinamese government for immediate construction. As a result, Firebird LNG exhibits the fastest timeline for a greenfield LNG facility globally, and the most direct path to alleviating the current energy crisis in Europe. Initially capacity is forecasted at ~4 million tonnes per annum (“MTPA”) with further capacity expansion under consideration.
Firebird LNG is pioneering an expedited development model of natural resource development that will benefit people and planet. Working directly with Surinamese leadership, the Project will transform the environmentally harmful and wasteful practice of flaring in the Suriname-Guyana Basin into a clean-energy resource while drastically expanding the economic wellbeing of Suriname and its people.
Quantum Wave Wireless Energy
MAD Energy is working with industry leaders to identify emergent technologies most ready for commercialization to transform the future of energy distribution. Harnessing low-band wave-form technology, the wireless transmission of energy stands to transform the global energy value chain.
MAD Energy is supporting the commercialization of next generation quantum resilient encryption technology across multiple sectors, including data security, wireless transmission technology, fintech and industrial, commercial and IoT control.