Munro selected to head customer service at Grant PUD

Andrew Munro
Andrew Munro

Andrew Munro, former director of external affairs at Ephrata, Wash.-based Grant County Public Utility District, has been selected as the utility’s new director of customer service. His new role is effective immediately.

Joe Lukas, Grant PUD’s senior policy adviser, will assume responsibility for the utility’s external affairs activities.

Munro has been with Grant PUD since 2007. He has 20 years of electric industry, management and government relations experience, including half of those years in public power. Munro served as president and chief executive officer for the National Hydropower Association from 2009-2001. In his new role, he will oversee the line department, electric shop, transmission and distribution engineering, customer and energy services and the utility’s communications network.

Lukas has worked for Grant PUD since 1995. He has experience in several positions, most recently as chief financial officer and assistant general manager from 2005 to 2007. His current work will focus on regional and national initiatives affecting Grant PUD and the Priest Rapids Project.

Reclamation names McCalman new hydropower senior adviser

The Bureau of Reclamation has named Kerry McCalman as its senior adviser for hydropower and electric reliability compliance officer.

McCalman will serve as a liaison on intergovernmental initiatives associated with hydropower delivery, as well as being responsible for Reclamation’s overall compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Mandatory Bulk Electric System Reliability Standards.

He will also coordinate the implementation of corporate partnership efforts involving Reclamation’s power functions and activities in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonne-ville Power Administration, Western Area Power Administration and Tennessee Valley Authority.

McCalman most recently served as manager of the Power Resources Office in Denver after stints in operations and maintenance management positions.

EPRI announces new members for board of directors

The Electric Power and Research Institute has named two new members on its board of directors: Nicholas K. Akins and Kimberly S. Green.

Akins, president and chief executive officer of utility American Electric Power, will serve as chairman on the board, while Green, executive vice president and chief generation officer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, will serve as vice chairman.

“The guidance that Nick and Kim will provide, along with their keen belief that technology provides the best solution to meet the challenges faced by the industry, makes them well-suited to lead our board,” says Michael W. Howard, EPRI president and chief executive officer.

Akins was elected president of AEP in December 2010 after previously serving as its vice president of generation from 2006 to 2010.

Green has most recently worked as TVA’s group president for strategy and external relations, though she has also served as chief financial officer, executive vice president of financial services and chief risk officer.

The two are joined on EPRI’s board by Anthony F. Earley Jr., chairman, CEO, and president of PG&E Corporation; Benjamin G.S. Fowke III, chairman, CEO and president of Xcel; Craig S. Ivey, president of Con Ed; James H. Lash, president of FirstEnergy generation and chief nuclear officer; Tom Mitchell, president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation; and Brian Dames, CEO of Eskom.

FirstEnergy names Barwood assistant controller of utilities

Marlene Barwood
Marlene Barwood

FirstEnergy announced that Marlene Barwood has been named assistant controller of FirstEnergy Utilities.

In this role, she is responsible for the managing accounting and internal controls for FirstEnergy’s 10 regulated utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. Barwood is replacing Jon Taylor, who is now assistant controller, FirstEnergy Solutions.

A 30-year employee with the company, Barwood joined GPU, Inc. – which merged in 2001 with FirstEnergy – as an accountant in 1982. She held a variety of finance, accounting and management positions and was a member of the finance team during the FirstEnergy-GPU merger.

In 2004, she was promoted to manager of budget and controls for the company’s Energy Delivery Group. In 2007, she was named director of corporate business services for the Energy Delivery Group. Following the merger of FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy in 2011, Barwood was named director of planning and analysis for FirstEnergy Utilities.

“With her accounting and financial expertise and her extensive knowledge of our utility operations, Marlene is a great addition to our leadership team,” said Harvey L. Wagner, vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer of FirstEnergy.

FirstEnergy is an energy company with 10 electric distribution units comprising one of the largest investor-owned electric systems in the country.

Its generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed coal, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total capacity of nearly 23,000 MW.

Kirejczyk joins HDR hydropower services group

Juliusz Kirejczyk has joined HDR as a senior consultant in the hydropower services group. Before joining HDR he was a turbine specialist with Toshiba International Corp.

Kirejczyk has more than 37 years of experience in the hydropower industry, working for manufacturers of hydraulic turbines and pump turbines. He has conducted numerous feasibility and design studies, turbine performance assessments, and performance and design testing.

He has led development of environmentally friendly turbine and pump turbine designs, and been active in new technology for variable speed pump turbines.

HDR provides services ranging from feasibility studies to project engineering and modernizing existing hydro facilities. In the past 10 years, HDR has led or provided technical support for hydropower licensings and relicensings for more than 100 facilities in 20 states. HDR also works heavily in pumped storage.

HDR is a global, employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services through various operating companies with more than 7,800 employees.

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