Felte retires, Pope new general manager of Tri-Dam Project

Dan W. Pope, Jr. is general manager of the Tri-Dam Project in California. Pope replaces Steve Felte, who retired.

Felte became general manager in January 1998. Before that, he was generation manager for the Paradise Irrigation District and Calaveras County Water District in California. Felte provided strong leadership and direction in managing Tri-Dam’s efforts through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process for its 11-MW Beardsley, 72-MW Donnells, and 18-MW Tulloch facilities, Pope says. Tri-Dam received new FERC licenses for these hydro developments in 2005.

Before joining Tri-Dam, Pope was general manager for the Merced Irrigation District. He joined the district in 2005 as its hydroelectric project manager on the 103.5-MW Merced River development and was responsible for managing the FERC relicensing efforts and developing increased generation and reservoir storage projects. Before that, Pope held management positions in Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s hydroelectric generation and electric transmission and distribution operations, including construction of the 1,212-MW Helms pumped-storage project.

Tri-Dam is a partnership between the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts. The facilities include dams and powerhouses on the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River.

Thomas named interim president of New Brunswick Power

Gaetan Thomas, a former New Brunswick Power vice president, was named NB Power’s interim president following the retirement of David D. Hay.

Thomas has served as vice president of NB Power Nuclear Corporation and as vice president of Distribution and Customer Service.

Hay announced his retirement a few days after the New Brunswick government revised its plan to sell most of NB Power to Hydro-Quebec for C$4.75 billion (US$4.49 billion). Instead, the government agreed to sell seven hydro facilities and the Point Lepreau nuclear plant for C$3.2 billion (US$3 billion).

Hay had two years left on his contract.

Roll retires from Corps, Etzel replaces

Michael P. Roll, PE, retired as deputy director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center (HDC) in March 2010. F. John Etzel, P.E., formerly product coordination branch chief, replaced Roll in April 2010.

Roll was deputy director of HDC from 2001 to 2010. During this time, he hired about one-third of the current HDC staff. While in this position, Roll also acted as operating project manager for the Willamette Valley Projects (2004), HDC director (2004 and 2005), product coordination branch chief (2006), and chief of the engineering division in Walla Walla (2006).

Prior to that, Roll had many different jobs with the Portland District of the Corps, including reinvention lab coordinator, technical resources branch chief, and engineering work manager. Roll began his career with the

Michael P. Roll, PE
Corps in 1974.

 Etzel previously served as acting deputy director with HDC and was in planning, programs, and project management for the Portland District. Before that, Etzel was technical lead in the structures section and technical resources branch chief in the Portland District’s engineering and construction division. From 1993 to 1995, Etzel worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

HDC was established in 1948 to support new hydroelectric development on the Columbia River system.

Young starts Young Energy Services

Kevin Young is president of Young Energy Services (YES), which specializes in licensing renewable energy projects, such as conventional hydro, pumped storage, and hydrokinetic.

Before founding YES in March 2010, Young was senior vice president, energy services for The Louis Berger Group Inc. Young joined The Louis Berger Group in 1995. In this position, he provided engineering services and managed the company’s hydro licensing contract with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

YES provides due diligence reviews for developers, with technical support to law firms. The company also provides energy auditing and efficiency studies.

Daze named sales manager for Vortex Hydrosystems

Daniel Daze

Daniel Daze, P.Eng., is sales manager with Vortex Hydrosystems Inc.

 Daze will be responsible for business development, as well as establishing commercial and marketing strategies.

Before joining Vortex, Daze was vice president sales with Indumo Inc. Before that, Daze worked in the industrial hydraulics and hydropower manufacturers market in Quebec, Canada. He held positions as project, manufacturing, and engineering manager.

Vortex is a designer and turnkey supplier of mechanical auxiliaries for the power generation industry.

WEST Consultants appoints Curtis VP, Goodell senior engineer

David C. Curtis, PhD, is vice president of WEST Consultants Inc.’s new location in northern California, and Christopher Goodell is office manager and senior engineer in the company’s new office in Portland, Ore.

Previously, Dr. Curtis co-founded a hydrologic software company specializing in flood warning, which later merged with a manufacturer of hydrometeorological instrumentation. Before that, he was a flash flood hydrologist for the National Weather Service.

Dr. Curtis has implemented flood risk management services, including advanced flood warning technologies and innovative applications for radar rainfall estimation. Concepts he has advanced include fault-tolerant designs, dual redundant computer configurations, and integrated networks.

Goodell has an international reputation as an expert in hydraulic modeling, including dam breach, flood inundation studies, and sediment transport.

WEST Consultants’ Portland office staff is working on projects involving hydrologic analysis, hydraulic design, streambank protection, reservoir operations, and fish passage design.

WEST Consultants provides water resource engineering consulting services.

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