Jobs and People

Bethany M. Owen, current president of ALLETE, has been elected chief executive officer of ALLETE, succeeding Alan R. Hodnik. To support an orderly transition, Hodnik will serve as executive chairman of the ALLETE Board of Directors and will be involved with Owen, the board and executive leadership until his retirement from the company and the board in May 2021....
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Within the framework of a delegation led by the German Chancellor, technology group Voith signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the Angolan capital Luanda on Feb. 7, 2020, to build a training center in Angola. Establishment of the Voith Academy and associated development of a training center are designed to provide basic and advanced...
HYDROVISION International

Alan R. Hodnik, chairman and chief executive officer of ALLETE Inc., will be speaking during the opening keynote session at HYDROVISION International 2020. ALLETE is the parent company of Minnesota Power, Superior Water Light & Power, ALLETE Clean Energy and BNI Energy. Minnesota Power is one of two host utilities for HYDROVISION International in Minneapolis....
FERC News

Bernard McNamee, who has been part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission since he was nominated by President Trump and confirmed in late 2018, apparently is stepping down from FERC, according to reports. McNamee said he wanted to spend more time with his family, according to reports of the meeting at LAW360. LAW360 and other...
Business

By Rod Walton Several utilities and service companies are lauded for their diversity efforts in the new, expanded Bloomberg 2020 Gender-Equality Index. Bloomberg’s index now contains 325 public companies globally, up from 230 last year. The GEI tracks financial performance of firms that report on gender issues and show commitment to supporting gender equality through...
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Sophie Hackford is clear that she doesn’t see her role as a futurist to be one where she makes predictions about the future. Instead, she tries to force people to think about how technology that exists today — but is in use in other industries — could soon impact their operations. “The future of the...
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Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) announces that Jeff Leahey has joined the firm as a vice president. Previously, Leahey served as executive vice president for government affairs of the National Hydropower Association (NHA). “Jeff is one of the nation’s leading advocates on hydropower and marine energy,” said SMI Chief Operating Officer Bill McCann. “He understands the...
Marine Energy

Ocean Renewable Power Company Inc. (ORPC) announces that current  director Stuart Davies will succeed Chris Sauer as the company’s chief executive officer. Sauer’s retirement is effective Jan. 17, and Davies will begin his new role Jan. 20. Under Sauer’s leadership, ORPC developed its proprietary marine renewable energy technology from an initial concept to a proven renewable energy product, the RivGen® Power System. The...
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Ken Hartwick, president and chief executive officer of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), will be speaking during the Thursday morning utility executive roundtable session at HYDROVISION International 2020. As one of the largest and most diverse clean power producers in North America, OPG owns and operates a generating portfolio consisting of 66 hydroelectric, two nuclear, and...