Advisor & Investment Committee Member for NEF I, II & III
Peter joined Impax in May 2003 and has driven the creation of the NEF I, II and III portfolios whilst heading the Impax Private Equity and Infrastructure team. Peter has primary responsibility for investments in the United States of America. Peter is a member of the investment committees of NEF I, II and III.
Peter has been involved in the financing of energy projects since 1983. He started his career with the renewables division of the US Department of Energy in 1980 before working as aide for energy and environment to US Senator Jim Sasser. After working in Oklahoma and California in the natural gas sector in 1984-1985 Peter obtained his credit background as a utility and energy project debt analyst with Standard & Poor’s in 1985-1986. He has worked in each tier of the capital structure, having spent three years with the American developer Catalyst Energy and its affiliates developing and financing over 650 MW ($1 billion) of renewable and other energy projects and five years as Vice President of Project Finance for senior lender Mitsui Bank.
In the 1990s, Peter was appointed by the US Government to be Senior Investment Adviser to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he established a private equity fund for environmental infrastructure in Eastern Europe. From 1997-2000 he was Senior Investment Officer of the Asian Mezzanine Infrastructure Fund, a power and infrastructure mezzanine and equity investment fund that made successful investments in the New Energy Sector. Peter is a former member of the Cleantech study group of the British Venture Capital Association and former non-executive director of Coronation Power Limited.
He has a BA from Harvard College and a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he studied Utility Regulation and Finance.