You've heard talk lately about the convergence of electricity and natural gas. That idea has grown as commodity markets have matured for gas and emerged for bulk power.
William T. O'Connor, Jr. has been hired as nuclear assessment manager at Detroit Edison's Fermi 2 nuclear power plant. He comes from Toledo Edison's Davis-Besse nuclear plant, where he was regulatory affairs manager.
Daniel Bollom, WPS Resources Corp. CEO, has been promoted to chairman of the board. Larry Weyers, senior v.p.-power supply and engineering, was promoted to president and COO of both WPSR and Wisconsin Public Service Corp., one of WPSR's holdings. Frank Kicsar was promoted from assistant secretary to secretary, replacing Robert Knuth, who is retiring.
Florida Public Service Commissioner Diane K. Kiesling has been appointed chair of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners Committee on Water. She fills the last year of an unexpired three-year term vacated by Commissioner Charles Hughes of North Carolina.
The Kansas Corporation Commission has named Maurice Korphage director, conservation division. Korphage moves up from his post as staff geologist and supervisor to replace Steve Korf, acting director.
Jeff Swoveland has been promoted to treasurer by Equitable Resources, Inc. He joined the company in 1994 from Mellon Bank. James T. Egler, president-Equitrans/ Kentucky West, was named to the new position of president, ERI Inc. Robert E. Daley, v.p. and treasurer, and Joseph A. Testa, assistant treasurer, have retired.
Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. made four senior-level appointments: William F. Edwards, v.p.-financial planning; Richard B. Abbott, v.p. and g.m.-nuclear; Richard H. Ryczek, v.p.-gas operations; and Will Garrett, assistant controller.
BICC Utility Cable Co. has promoted Thomas R. Howard to v.p. and national sales manager. Howard moves up from director of Midwest region sales.
United Cities Gas Co. has promoted Robert V. Kerley and hired Robert H. Ellis III. Kerley, formerly commercial marketing representative at the South Carolina division, is now manager of commercial and industrial marketing. Ellis has been hired as gas planning manager. He also serves as president of the Middle Tennessee Gas Consumers Association.
David W. Freer has been named regional v.p. of federal government affairs for Pacific Enterprises. Freer was manager of governmental affairs in Washington, DC, for Southern California Gas Co., the company's principal subsidiary.
LG&E Energy Corp. has set up separate operating divisions, naming officers for distribution services, power marketing, and natural gas marketing. Vic Staffieri becomes president of distribution services. David Carey becomes president of the gas marketing division, replacing Greg Jenkins, who is resigning. Mike McInnis becomes president of power marketing. A president for the power generation division will be named early this year.
Victoria V. Schaff, a former federal affairs representative for several investor-owned utilities in Missouri, has been hired as Allegheny Power's v.p.-government affairs.
Marina Mann, formerly of the Electric Power Research Institute, has joined Genesis ServicesÔ, an Itron division, as v.p. of customer services.
SCANA Corp. has picked William B. Timmerman as its new president.
Timmerman (em previously executive v.p., CFO, and controller (em replaces Lawrence M. Gressette, Jr. Gressette remains chairman and CEO.
J. Burt Stokes has been named senior v.p. and CFO at Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. He comes from General Railway Signal Corp., where he was CFO and acting CEO.
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