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Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald of the Georgia Public Service Commission was appointed to a three-year term on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' (NARUC) Committee on Electricity.
Peabody Group named Jiri Nemec, previously group executive of Northern Appalachian operations, group executive of Midwest operations. Nemec replaced Mathew A. Haaga, who resigned. James A. Beck Jr., previously group executive of Southern Appalachian operations, was appointed to oversee all of Peabody's Appalachian operations in West Virginia.
David W. Hilt, P.E., was named director of compliance at the North American Electric Reliability Council. Hilt previously was with the Mid-America Interconnected Network Regional Council.
Calpine Corp. promoted Ron Simms to vice president of project services and Ross Cates to director of contracts and administration for the company's construction management operations. Prior to their joining Calpine in November, Simms was vice president of Walsh Power/Industrial and Cates was manager of contracts and construction administration at Walsh Construction.
Bruce H. Braine was named senior vice president of analysis for AEP Energy Services Inc., a subsidiary of American Electric Power. Braine was promoted from his position as vice president of analysis.
AmerenEnergy appointed Baxter Gillette vice president of risk management. Gillette comes to AmerenEnergy from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on energy risk management.
Commissioner Roger Hamilton of the Oregon Public Utilities Commission was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the advisory council to the board of directors of EPRI (formerly the Electric Power Research Institute).
A.R. "Tony" Sanchez Jr. was appointed to the board of directors at Conoco Inc. He also serves on the boards of International Bancshares, the University of Texas Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the LBJ Foundation.
Orion Power Holdings Inc. named Janet Audunson general manager of Orion Power New York and Dave Youlen director of hydro operations. Audunson is the former director of hydro generation and engineering at Niagara Mohawk and Youlen was director of hydro operations for Niagara Mohawk.
Michael J. McGarry was named director of corporate information at Columbia Energy Group. McGarry previously was director of public affairs at Visa U.S.A.
CMS Energy Corp. named William "Si" Garrett Jr. vice president of development for the Americas-Northern hemisphere. Garrett previously was senior vice president of ARCO Integrated Power Inc.
With the departure of Ronald L. Adams, senior vice president of regulated business, from Consolidated Natural Gas Co. Sept. 1, CNG established an interim management structure. CNG named Jimmy D. Staton senior vice president of distribution operations; Gary L. Sypolt senior vice president of pipeline operations; Paul D. Koonce senior vice president of commercial operations; and William A. Fox senior vice president of Virginia gas distribution.
PG&E Energy Trading-Gas Corp. appointed Tammy Norman vice president of U.S. gas trading. Norman is the former vice president of U.S. physical trading at Amoco Energy Trading.
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