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New Opportunities: Puget Sound Energy’s board of directors elected Kimberly Harris CEO. Prior to being named president of PSE in June 2010, Harris served as executive v.p. and chief resource officer beginning in 2007. Harris succeeds Steve Reynolds , who retired after heading the utility since 2002.
Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) promoted Jeannette M. Mills to the newly created position of chief customer officer (CCO). Mills was senior vice president of customer relations and account services.
Peter J. Kotsenas was promoted to v.p. of east fleet operations, for Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. He was a power plant regional director for Allegheny Energy, and assumed his new position after FirstEnergy and Allegheny completed their merger.
Pacific Gas and Electric appointed Kenneth J. Peters as v.p. of engineering services, Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Most recently, Peters served as the plant’s senior director of engineering services.
Central Vermont Public Service named Larry Reilly president. Reilly is the former president of distribution companies at New England Electric System and executive v.p. at National Grid.
Constellation Energy announced that Michael D. Smith will lead solar sales and green initiatives for the company’s competitive retail energy businesses. Smith previously served as v.p. and director of Constellation Energy’s international energy policy office in London.
The Empire District Electric Company elected Brad Beecher to the position of president and CEO, effective June 1, 2011. Other elections include, Kelly S.Walters , v.p. and CEO of electric, Michael E. Palmer , v.p. of transmission policy and corporate services, and Martin O. Penning , v.p. of commercial operations.
Wisconsin Energy Corp. promoted Allen Leverett , currently the company’s CFO, to president and CEO of We Generation. Frederick (Rick) Kuester , currently president and CEO of We Generation, will become CFO of Wisconsin Energy.
The Tennessee Valley Authority named Dave Stinson v.p. for the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 construction project. Stinson is a former recovery manager for TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 3.
Ameren announced that Charles D. Naslund , Gregory L. Nelson and Steven R. Sullivan will assume new positions. Naslund moved to the role of senior v.p., generation and environmental projects, at Ameren Missouri; and Sullivan replaced Naslund as chairman, president and CEO, Ameren Energy Resources Co. Replacing Sullivan as Ameren’s general counsel is Nelson, who became senior v.p. and general counsel.
PJM Interconnection promoted Denise Foster to v.p. of state and member services. Foster previously was state and member services’ executive director.
The New York State Smart Grid Consortium named David J. Manning as its first executive director. Manning is senior v.p. for engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, and formerly was executive v.p. and chief environmental officer for KeySpan (now National Grid).
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance named Jay Wrobel as its new executive director. Wrobel previously served as MEEA’s director of programs, and was with the Gas Technology Institute and Cambridge Energy Research Associates before that.
Boards of Directors: Sempra Energy elected Alan L. Boeckmann to the company’s board of directors. Boeckmann currently serves as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors for Fluor Corp.