Spence named CEO of PPL Corp.

William H. Spence, formerly president and chief operating officer of PPL Corp., has been named chief executive officer. He is replacing chairman and CEO James H. Miller, who will retire on March 31, 2012.

Before joining PPL in 2006, Spence was president of Pepco Holdings’ generation and retail marketing business and worked for Delmarva Power and Connectiv Energy.

Miller will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors until his retirement. Before joining PPL, Miller was executive vice president of USEC, president of two ABB Group subsidiaries and president of UC Operating Services.

Through its subsidiaries, PPL owns or controls about 19,000 MW of generating capacity in the U.S., including 109-MW Holtwood; 11 plants with a total capacity of 604 MW through PPL Montana; and 44-MW Wallenpaupack.

BC Hydro names interim president and CEO

BC Hydro has appointed Charles Reid acting president and chief executive officer, replacing David Cobb, who left BC Hydro in November 2011 to join The Jim Pattison Group.

“While I would welcome the opportunity to continue meeting the challenges and opportunities inherent in my role, I’ve been presented with an unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity with another iconic B.C. company that I simply could not pass up,” stated Cobb in a release.

Reid previously served as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined BC Hydro in 2008.

“Appointing Charles Reid ensures our executive leadership team remains strong and that we can continue seamlessly in our work to cut costs, keep rates low and evolve BC Hydro into one of North America’s most efficient utilities,” says BC Hydro chairman Dan Doyle.

Reid’s tenure in his new position began Dec. 1, 2011, as the company’s board continues to search for a full-time replacement.

Arkansas native named COO for Corps’ Little Rock District

John Balgavy was recently named chief of operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District. He replaces Andrea Murdock-McDaniel, who transferred to the Corps’ Southwestern Division office in Dallas.

Balgavy will serve as principal technical advisor and consultant to the district engineer for the operations and maintenance program for navigation, flood control, recreation, natural resources management and hydropower production. He will manage water resources infrastructure worth billion, including 13 locks and dams on the Arkansas River, 12 multi-purpose dams and lakes, seven hydro powerhouses and 178 public parks and recreation areas.

Balgavy has 27 years of federal service with the Little Rock District, including as deputy chief of the engineering and construction division.

Quinones named president, CEO of New York Power Authority

Gil C. Quinones has been elected president and chief executive officer by the New York Power Authority board of trustees. This move follows a recommendation by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in October 2011 for Quinones to be selected to head the statewide public power utility.

Quinones has served as acting president and CEO since September 2011 and was chief operating officer since June 2008. In this position, he managed and monitored the day-to-day operations of NYPA’s 17 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. He joined NYPA in October 2007 as executive vice president of energy marketing and corporate affairs. Before that, Quinones was senior VP of energy and telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and worked at Consolidated Edison for 16 years.

NYPA trustees also elected Judith C. McCarthy as executive VP and general counsel. She joined NYPA from the office of the New York State Attorney General in January 2011 as first deputy general counsel. McCarthy will advise and represent NYPA in all legal matters and proceedings.

Alaska names Dyok manager of 600-MW Susitna-Watana project

The Alaska Energy Authority has named Wayne Dyok lead project manager for the 600-MW Susitna-Watana project being developed on the Susitna River.

Dyok has more than 35 years of domestic and international experience in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing, engineering design, environmental studies, and energy planning on hydroelectric projects. He served as chief hydraulic engineer and assistant manager for six years when AEA’s predecessor Alaska Power Authority studied the Susitna River project in the 1980s.

“Under Wayne’s leadership, the Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project will move Alaska toward its goal of 50% renewable energy sources by 2025 and provide safe and reliable power for the Railbelt (the area between Fairbanks, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula),” says AEA Chairman Hugh Short.

Dyok has managed major hydroelectric licensing projects for the California Department of Water Resources, Seattle City Light and Dominion Generation.

The Susitna-Watana project features a 700-foot-tall dam that would create a 39-mile-long reservoir with a maximum width of 2 miles. Energy would be generated using the glacial waters of the upper Susitna River and transmitted north to the interior and south to south central Alaska along new and existing transmission lines.

Project licensing is expected to take six years. Construction is to take five years, with first power delivered by 2023.

TransAlta’s Snyder retires, Farrell replaces

Steve Snyder, president and chief executive officer of TransAlta Corp., has retired and Dawn Farrell has been named the successor.

Snyder was president and CEO since 1996. During that time, the company significantly increased its generating capacity, built an energy trading business and delivered high quartile industry operating performance. In 2010, Snyder was named Canadian Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada.

Farrell has been chief operating officer since 2009 and was executive vice president, commercial operations and development from 2007 to 2009. From 2006 to 2007, she was executive VP of engineering, aboriginal relations and generation with BC Hydro. Farrell has more than 25 years of experience in the electric energy industry.

TransAlta is a power generation and wholesale marketing company that operates assets in Canada, U.S. and Australia. These plants include biomass, geothermal, wind, hydro, natural gas and coal.

Gray-Lee named Reclamation regional director

Lorri Gray-Lee is Pacific Northwest Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation, effective January 1. Gray-Lee replaces Karl Wirkus, who retired in December 2011.

Previously, Gray-Lee spent four years as regional director for the Lower Colorado Region. In this position, she oversaw all Reclamation operations in southern Nevada, southern California, most of Arizona and portions of Utah and New Mexico. Before that, she was program manager for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Program.

Terry Fulp, deputy regional director in the Lower Colorado Region, is acting regional director.

Stern leaves government work for Battelle

Eric Stern has been hired by Battelle as a research leader in the Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Section of the company’s Duxbury, Mass., operations. He will lead the development and implementation of Battelle’s sediment management growth strategy, with a focus on sustainable innovative cross-business line program applications.

Before joining Battelle, Stern spent 24 years in the U.S. government, both with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency. Stern was an environmental scientist/oceanographer with EPA, and his specialization is in contaminated sediments and dredged material assessment/management, integrated sediment decontamination innovative technology development and beneficial use of sediments.

From 1986 to 1990, Stern was an oceanographer with the Corps’ New York District Operations Division. He was the project manager for ocean monitoring, environmental assessment and management of the NY/NJ Dredged Material Ocean Disposal Site in the coastal New York Bight (Atlantic Ocean). His oversight and field work activities included geophysical, biological and chemical survey work and assessment, as well as design and implementation of technical studies related to the designation of a new ocean dredged material disposal site.

Weir American Hydro announces new hires, promotions

Mark Self, Alan Roth, Bill McCormick and Bob Rittase have been hired by Weir American Hydro as part of the company’s aggressive business growth execution.

Self is vice president of sales and marketing. Before that, he was VP and general manager of service for Converteam. During his 30-plus years in the power industry, Self has worked for Voith Siemens Hydro, Alstom Power, Cooper Cameron and General Electric in a variety of positions.

Weir American Hydro has hired four and promoted two as part of its business growth execution. Personnel are (from left): Doug Miller, Alan Roth, Mark Self, Bob Rittase, Jason Heilman and Bill McCormick.

Roth, director of proposals and marketing, began his 35-year career in the hydro industry as a hydraulic engineer with Allis-Chalmers Corp. and held several senior and executive management positions with Voith Hydro. In 2003, he joined Devine Tarbell & Associates in a business development role before becoming VP and marketing manager for the hydro business sector of HDR Engineering Inc.

Rittase is chief hydraulic engineer. For the past six years, he managed HDR’s York, Pa., office, where he was responsible for performing and managing hydroelectric consulting efforts on new and upgrade projects. Rittase was previously employed by Voith Hydro, where he worked in several capacities including hydraulic engineering and project management and manager of the proposal department.

Bill McCormick, directing government sales, will be responsible for sales of hydroelectric equipment and services to the U.S. government. Most recently, McCormick was the national accounts manager for Northern Power Systems. During his 20-plus years in sales management, McCormick worked for MAG Automation & Controls, Maglio & Company and Acro Automation Systems.

In addition to these new hires, Jason Heilman, former proposal team leader, has been promoted to director of North American sales. And Doug Miller has been promoted to director of business development. In addition to this new role, Miller will continue to be responsible for international sales.

NAES announces several additions, promotions

Mark Reblitz has joined NAES as director of corporate development, and Matt Dearmon is manager of corporate development.

Reblitz has more than 15 years of experience leading financial, strategic and corporate development projects. He is responsible for the company’s inorganic growth strategy and executing merger and acquisition transactions. He previously served as director of corporate development for Cardiac Science Corp.

Dearmon has extensive experience working with senior management across business functions to create and execute corporate strategies. He will help identify strategic fits for the company and drive merger and acquisition transactions to close. Before joining NAES, Dearmon worked at CTC Cable Corp., an energy technology company.

Debra Olson also joins NAES as vice president and general counsel. Olson has worked in a wide range of energy generation business activities, such as power plant development and construction, power plant operations and maintenance, and strategic power plant asset management transactions such as sales, acquisitions and project financing. Before joining NAES, Olson was chief legal executive for several energy organizations, including AREVA Solar, Vestas Americas Wind Technology and Calpine Corporation’s Power Generation and Engineering/Construction divisions.

NAES Power Contractors have hired William Day as VP and general manager. Before joining NAES, Day served as VP in development engineering and construction for Calera Corp. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in various leadership roles at NRG Energy and Cajun Electric Power Cooperative.

NAES Power Contractors specializes in construction, maintenance and refurbishment projects that support the energy sector in North America, including hydroelectric generation.

Headquartered in Issaquah, Wash., NAES provides comprehensive services to industries that generate or consume power, including operations and maintenance; retrofit; on-site turbine inspection/overhaul; and staffing solutions.

Krause replaces Uhler as CEO of MWH

MWH Global has elected Alan J. Krause president and chief executive officer, succeeding Robert B. Uhler. Since 2007, Krause has served as president and chief operating officer and was responsible for global operations. In this new position, he will further grow and guide MWH in serving its clients and employees around the world. Krause joined MWH in 1997 during a merger with TerraMatrix, the company he created.

Uhler was elected executive chairman of the company. Uhler has been with MWH for 35 years and was CEO for 10 years. He joined MWH in 1976 as a water and wastewater treatment design engineer.

MWH Global is a management, engineering and construction firm focusing on wet infrastructure, including hydropower and dams.

Black & Veatch promotes Wallis-Lage to business president

Cindy Wallis-Lage

Cindy Wallis-Lage, now president of Black & Veatch’s global water business, will lead the company’s efforts to address billions of dollars in water infrastructure needs around the world. Wallis-Lage brings 25 years of experience to this position. She most recently served as the company’s executive managing director of technical solutions. She has provided her project and leadership expertise to more than 100 municipal and industrial facilities throughout the U.S., United Kingdom and Asia Pacific.

“We will see increased investment in water and electric infrastructure throughout the world. This will have a rippling effect in the water industry on supply and demand, quality and reliability and flood control. It will also impact environmental and security issues,” says Wallis-Lage.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch operates out of more than 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries.

Gemperline launches consulting firm

Gene Gemperline

Gene Gemperline has started a consulting firm, Eugene J. Gemperline Inc., in San Marcos, Calif. The firm will provide hydraulic engineering services.

Most recently, he spent 37 years with Franklin G. DeFazio Inc., where he consulted on hydraulic transient studies for water supply projects and managed physical and computational models for hydroelelectric, navigation and other water resource projects.

Gemperline also worked for MWH Americas and Harza Engineering Co. While at MWH, he served as a project manager for planning and design of water resource projects, including hydroelectric, water supply and flood control. Additionally, he served as lead hydraulic engineer for planning and design of water resource projects throughout the world.

Kroen leaves private practice for URS

Patti Kroen

Patti Kroen has joined URS Corporation as the company’s California hydropower practice leader. Based out of Sacramento, Calif., Kroen, who is president of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association, will be responsible for managing hydropower licensing, permitting and compliance activities, including NEPA/CEQA and Clean Water Act permitting processes in California.

Before joining URS, Kroen ran a private practice specializing in project management, strategic planning, public involvement and facilitation support on large water resources projects. Kroen has been involved in statewide projects ranging from the Oroville Facilities Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing effort to the joint state and federal Salton Sea Restoration Project.

She developed and co-moderates a workshop on hydropower relicensing and compliance as part of the NWHA annual meeting and co-chairs the Small Hydro Committee that holds an annual workshop in Bend, Ore.

Blood leaves private practice for AnnDyl Policy Group

Rebecca Blood

Renewable energy and electric utility lobbyist Rebecca K. Blood has relocated to the AnnDyl Policy Group. For the past six years, Blood ran a consulting business, with clients such as the National Hydropower Association, while also leading adult-education seminars on how Congress works.

Previously, Blood served as senior policy advisor for the American Public Power Association focusing on utility restructuring, renewable energy, energy conservation, hydropower licensing reform and global climate change issues.

Falmouth Scientific names Mancuso vice president

Carl Mancuso has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Falmouth Scientific Inc. In this position, Mancuso will direct the company’s sales efforts for standard products and custom development programs and focus on growing the company’s global presence.

Mancuso has more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, applications engineering and electronics design/development. Before joining Falmouth Scientific in 2010, he held positions in the semiconductor, consumer electronics, simulation software, advanced learning technologies and media industries.

The company offers sensor-based products, including current, wave and tide meters; structural stress monitoring, sonar imaging and seismic profiling systems; acoustic positioning beacons; and solar-powered autonomous underwater vehicles.

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