"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes..."
- Words of Jesus Christ, John 3:8
Keith Broyles, co-founder of KB Energy, LLC, was first introduced to the wind industry in 1992 when he went to work for Kenetech as a Site Representative at the 44.4MW Foote Creek Rim wind energy project and traveled with them across the West assisting in other wind energy development projects, mostly in Texas.
In 1995, Keith took a position at Ticora Geosciences as a Field Lab Manager/Engineering Technician for a mobile coalbed methane laboratory, performing data collection, compilation, and analysis, as well as assisting on well final reporting. This work included tireless attention to detail and data handling. Skills learned would carry over to the wind industry, specifically the met tower side and the data collected for wind resource assessment projects.
In 1997, Keith took a position as the Assistant Construction Manager for SeaWest Windpower on the 44.4 MW Foote Creek Rim wind project. His work included supervising the crews that were building roads, excavating foundations, laying conduit, pouring foundations, and erecting towers and nacelles for 69 Mitsubishi 600KW machines.
Due to the growing industry demand for a met tower installation company, Keith and his wife, Lois founded KB Energy, LLC. Since its founding, the company has installed meteorological towers in every state west of the Mississippi, as well as in two Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, and the island of Grenada.
Lois Broyles is co-founder and CFO of the company. She excels in arranging schedules and organization for the ever-increasing clientele base and always-changing schedule. She also handles the accounting associated with the business and coordinates with our accounting firm to keep things running smoothly.
Lois received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in 1995.
Among all her other duties, Lois helps out daily on the family ranch, assisting in the duties of ranch life and raising purebred Arabian horses.
Keith and Lois are blessed with three children; Scott, Annetta, and Rachel. We all affectionately call the 000 (Three Circle) Ranch at Arlington Wyoming, our home.
Lois' family is fourth-generation ranchers in the Rock Creek Valley on a 400 cow/calf operation. Roots run deep here, as does love for the land and cattle and respect for the environment.
The 000 Ranch boasts 66 Mitsubishi 600 kW wind turbines that are 40 meters (132 feet) in height, which are situated atop the now famous Foote Creek Rim. Foote Creek has one of the highest rated production capacity factors of any wind energy facility in North America.