Jim Murphy is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Invenergy LLC, a clean energy development company based in Chicago.
Mr. Murphy has over 30 years of financial and management experience, primarily in the energy industry.
Mr. Murphy is a member of Invenergy’s founding group and is responsible for the general management of the company as well as corporate and project finance, risk management and asset optimization. Over 14 years Invenergy has developed, financed, constructed and placed in service over 10,000 MW of generation facilities and increased from 5 to over 600 employees across 74 power plants and six regional offices. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Invenergy Wind LLC, is the sixth largest owner of operating wind farms in North America. Invenergy is developing additional wind, solar and natural gas-fueled power generation facilities and energy storage facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan.
Mr. Murphy has managed the negotiation and execution of almost $20 billion in private equity and debt investments, power plant acquisitions and project debt and equity financings. In 2005 he conceived and led the $400 million portfolio financing of three U.S. wind farms, a transaction that was awarded Project Finance International magazine’s Environmental Deal of the Year and Project Finance magazine’s North American Portfolio Finance Deal of the Year. In 2007 Mr. Murphy led a $500 million financing for a Canadian combined cycle facility that received the North American Public Power Deal of the Year from Project Finance magazine. Invenergy was named Project Finance Borrower of the Year by Power Finance and Risk in each of 2013 and 2014.
Prior to the formation of Invenergy, Mr. Murphy was Chief Financial Officer at SkyGen Energy LLC, a developer, owner and operator of natural gas fueled generating plants. He was responsible for all project and corporate finance activities, as well as the accounting, legal and human resources functions of the company. Mr. Murphy individually led each of the company’s project financings. In 2000 he led the analysis and negotiation of multiple corporate financing options responsive to SkyGen’s explosive growth, and ultimately led the sale of SkyGen to Calpine Corporation, a $2.0 billion total value transaction.
Prior to joining SkyGen, Mr. Murphy was a Vice President with The Deerpath Group, Inc., a structured finance advisory and investment firm, where he gained significant experience with leasing, project finance and leveraged buyout transactions, primarily in the energy and real estate industries. Prior to that, he was a manager in Arthur Andersen’s utility practice group, where he gained an in-depth understanding of utility finance through audits, regulatory proceedings and financial advisory assignments.
Mr. Murphy earned a BS from the University of Illinois, magna cum laude, and is a Certified Public Accountant.