The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. has formed a renewable energy unit to address the unique and evolving needs of the rapidly growing renewable energy industry. The new unit will provide specialized underwriting and a full suite of property and casualty insurance products and services for developers, builders and operators of renewable energy.
The Hartford has appointed James Gardiner to lead the renewable energy unit. He will be responsible for the unit's overall execution and management with a focus on business development. Gardiner has represented The Hartford on the American Council on Renewable Energy since 2009, serving as co-chair of its risk-management working group and a member of the finance and investment committee.
Gardiner is also collaborating with the California Clean Energy Fund to understand the risk-management needs of and potential solutions for early stage renewable energy companies, and his team has contributed to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory study.
The Hartford also announced that John Davison has joined the company as renewable energy underwriting director, reporting to Gardiner. Davison brings more than 30 years of underwriting experience in the energy and related industries. He will be responsible for shaping The Hartford's underwriting position and helping to deepen relationships with specialist distribution partners. Most recently, Davison served as senior underwriter in the global energy division of Zurich Insurance.