Very recently retired, since 1996 James led many of the efforts of NS Power in transforming their power generation away from carbon based fuel sources and exploring renewable options including tidal energy as well as carbon capture and storage, to lead to a more balanced portfolio. Partially as a result of those efforts, while energy demand increased, NS Power was able to reduce GHG emissions by 13 per cent.
Tidal / Marine Renewable Energy offers Canada a unique leadership opportunity, and James chaired development of the Technology Roadmap for Marine Renewable Energy for Canada due to be released shortly. He also chaired the Canadian sub committee for the creation of marine energy standards and the Air Issues committee for the Canadian Electricity Association. He has been a member of the Board of the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) and currently sits on the Board of the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Coalition for Nova Scotia (CCSNS) and the Commercial Advisory Committee for Atlantic Hydrogen (AHI) along with the Social-Economic Sub-Committee of the Fundy Energy Research Network (FERN).
James is currently President of Quadrule Services Inc., a company providing strategic advice on electricity generation issues with a focus on transformation.