by Cullen Couch
Michael Alvarez ’80 is president and chief financial officer of First Wind. Alvarez has also served as the vice president of strategic planning of Edison International; executive vice president, chief financial officer, and general counsel of Nexant, Inc.; and managed the development of the $2.3 billion 1,700-kilometer TransCaspian natural gas pipeline for PSG International in London. Before PSG, Alvarez was president of Kenetech Energy Systems, a developer of environmentally friendly preferred electric power plants, principally wind, biomass, and natural gas. Alvarez serves on the board of managers of Deepwater Wind Holdings, LLC.
Ed Baranowski ’71, an intellectual property attorney with Porter Wright, also holds a BA in Physics. He practices exclusively in intellectual property law, particularly in patents, with an industry emphasis in life sciences, electronic networks, infrastructure technologies, and hydrogen and compressed natural gas as alternative fuel sources for motor vehicles.
Tom Farrell ’79 is CEO and chairman of Dominion Resources. He is a leading expert on national energy issues and an advocate of a cohesive national energy policy. In 2011 he will become chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, the industry’s national trade association. Dominion is one of America’s largest energy companies, with a market capitalization of approximately $24 billion and operations in 14 states.
Hank Habicht ’78 is managing partner of SAIL Venture Partners in Costa Mesa, California, founded in 2002 as a pioneer in the cleantech investment sector. Habicht is a former assistant attorney general in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice, and COO (deputy administrator) of the Environmental Protection Agency. During his time with the EPA he oversaw the development of the Energy Star Program and implementation of market based trading programs under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. He has also started ventures and held positions in the for-profit environmental arena, including VP of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, which co-managed the Environmental Venture Fund, one of the fi rst successful green funds in the 1980s.
Euclid Irving ’77, of counsel to Jones Day in New York, has extensive experience advising electric utilities and providers of capital to utilities in financings at all levels of the utility capital structure, SEC reporting, and power supply issues. His transaction experience includes utility mergers and acquisitions, mortgage bond financings, and energy trading. He regularly represents leading international infrastructure and engineering firms in the turnkey supply of power generating facilities in the developing world. Irving is also a member of the board of directors of Green Mountain Power Corporation, where he chairs the audit committee of the board. Through his practice and board affiliation, he has acquired a deep knowledge of power industry issues.
Brad Keithley ’76 is partner and co-head of the oil and gas practice at Perkins Coie in the Anchorage and Washington, D.C. offices. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Keithley was a partner for 18 years with Jones Day, based primarily in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices, and before that was senior vice president and general counsel of Arkla, Inc., at the time the third largest gas company in the United States (and now part of CenterPoint Energy Inc.). Throughout his career, Keithley has concentrated his practice in the areas of oil & gas regulation, commercial transactions, and litigation. His clients have included major oil & gas companies, oil & gas pipelines, large and medium independents, as well as major consumers of natural gas.