FERC News

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee has made it clear all year that he is stepping down from the regulatory body. He finally gave the exact date of his exit. In a Twitter post and statement on the FERC website, McNamee revealed September 4 will be his last day on the job. “Since I announced...
Jobs and People

The Tennessee Valley Authority is immediately rescinding a decision to lay off Information Technology (IT) workers as part of a restructuring process announced earlier this year, on the heels of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to Hire American. On Monday, Aug. 3, Trump said he was “taking firm, disciplinary action against the leadership of...
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In remarks issued Aug. 3, during signing of an executive order to Hire American, U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced he is “taking firm, disciplinary action against the leadership of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has sadly and cruelly betrayed American workers.” Trump said that Jeffrey Lyash, chief executive officer of TVA, “recently … made...
Dam Safety

Black & Veatch announces that John Bianco has joined the company as civil works program manager. Climate change, shifting population demographics and an increasing focus on resiliency are reshaping infrastructure initiatives across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Bianco has joined Black & Veatch to better support USACE as it strives to meet these...
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Dominion Energy CEO Thomas Farrell is stepping down from daily operations after 14 years leading one of the nation’s biggest utility providers. Farrell is moving into a pure executive chair role with the Dominion board of directors as part of a major leadership transition taking hold in October. He will be succeeded as CEO and...
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Recently, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced that it has joined the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Energy Equity campaign, which is intended to increase the representation of African Americans in employment, leadership, business contracting and workforce development in the energy industry. NYPA leaders say this initiative will double its investment in...
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A longtime state regulator and the founder of an energy consulting startup are President Trump’s two nominees to fill the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and maintain a bipartisan balance within the commission. Trump named Virginia Corporation Commission Chairman Mark Christie and Goodgrid President Allison Clements of Ohio. Christie was the preferred Republican nominee, while Clements...
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Bob Thresher, research fellow with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is retiring and becoming a researcher emeritus. Thresher is a wind and marine energy pioneer with a 40-year career. He received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University in 1970 and became assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. Thresher began...
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BC Hydro confirms that a worker at its 1,100-MW Site C hydro project work camp in Fort St. John, British Columbia, tested positive for COVID-19. The worker arrived from Alberta on July 13, and BC Hydro says this person immediately self-isolated after receiving their test results from Alberta Health Services on July 15. Northern Health...