"We are always proud to promote from within our exceptional talent pool," said Michael Alvarez, President and CFO of First Wind. "Pete’s hard work and creative thinking are critical to our project development pipeline, and he has played a critical role in transforming wind power projects from concept to reality. As we look toward the future, we trust Pete’s ability to excel in his expanded role, continue to drive results and remain a positive influence to the First Wind team."
Prior to his promotion, Mr. Keel was Vice President of Financial Planning and a Director of Project Finance. He has been with First Wind since May of 2006. Mr. Keel was previously with GE Energy Financial Services where he structured a variety of debt and equity transactions in power generation and pipeline assets. He also held commercial roles with GE Power Systems and GE Wind Energy. Prior to GE, Mr. Keel was an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he operated and maintained the gas turbine propulsion plant aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas and served as a White House Military Social Aide. Mr. Keel has an MA in Public Policy from Georgetown University and BS in Civil Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy.
First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has wind projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 504 megawatts of power and projects under construction with the capacity to generate up to an additional 232 megawatts.