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.
Vera B. Claussen has been elected the first female president in the American Public Power Association's 56-year history. Claussen is commissioner of Public Utility District Number Two of Grant County in Euphrata, WA. Other new APPA officers include president-elect Thaine J. Michie, g.m., Platte River Power Authority, Fort Collins, CO; and vice president Walter R. McGrath, g.m., Braintree, MA, Electric Light Department.
The United States Energy Association has three new officers: P.J. "Jim" Adam, chairman/CEO of Black and Veatch, is association chairman; Archie W. Dunham, president/CEO of Conoco, Inc., is first vice chairman; and John M. Derrick, Jr., president/COO of Potomac Electric Power Co., is second vice chairman.
R. Gerald Bennett (em formerly president and CEO of Brooklyn Union Gas Co. subsidiary Fuel Resources, Inc. (em has joined Equitable Resources, Inc. (ERI) as senior v.p. Bennett will also serve as president of ERI Supply & Logistics. Other changes: John C. Gongas, Jr., v.p.-corporate operations, will also serve as president of ERI Utilities; A. Mark Abramovic becomes senior v.p. and CFO; Gregory R. Spencer becomes senior v.p. and chief administrative officer; Jeffrey C. Swoveland becomes v.p.-finance and treasurer; and Craig G. Goodman becomes v.p.-regulatory affairs and public policy. Johanna G. O'Loughlin has joined ERI as deputy general counsel.
CMS Electric and Gas Co. has promoted Frank Johnson to v.p. of energy distribution and to g.m. of Argentina's EDEER utility. Johnson was Consumer Power Co.'s executive manager for electric business support.
Arlene B. Selber has joined Newport News Nuclear as v.p.-business development. She was v.p.-corporate business development for Parsons Engineering Science, Inc.
Gary J. Hessenauer has joined Edison Source as marketing v.p. He was marketing and sales v.p. for AMTECH Services, Inc.
National Independent Energy Producers CEO Merribel S. Ayres will leave the association at year's end. Ayres plans to pursue other opportunities after putting in 10 years as NIEP's first (em and so far, only (em chief executive.
Gordon E. Regan, Jr. was hired by AmeriGas Propane, Inc. as v.p.-purchasing and transportation. He was president of the chemical division of DSI Transports, Inc.
Ohio Edison has a new v.p. in its generation and transmission group: Guy L. Pipitone. Charles E. Jones, president of subsidiary Pennsylvania Power Co., succeeds Pipitone as manager of Edison's Akron division. R. Joseph Hrach, Stark division manager, becomes president of Pennsylvania Power.
Alphonso R. Jackson, president of the Dallas housing authority, was hired by Central and South West Corp. as v.p. of corporate resources for two subsidiaries (em (em CSW Energy, Inc. and CSW International, Inc.
Chattanooga Gas Co. president Kenneth A. Royse retired after 41 years with the company. He is succeeded by v.p. Harrison F. Thompson.
Phil Nass, g.m. of the Lakefield Telephone Co., was elected Wisconsin State Telephone Association president. Dean Voeks, president of Mid-Plains Communications, was elected v.p. Ray Riordan, executive v.p. of WSTA, was reelected secretary/treasurer.
Lisa Rosenblum, former deputy chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, has joined Cablevision Systems Corp. Rosenblum will serve as senior v.p. of regulatory and legal affairs in the telephony and data services division.