President Clinton appointed James J. Hoecker chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Hoecker, former commissioner of the FERC, replaces Elizabeth Moler who was appointed deputy energy secretary at the Department of Energy.
Walter Massey, president of Morehouse College, was selected by Secretary of Energy Federico F. Peña to replace Robert Hanfling as chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Also at SEAB, Skila Harris was elected executive director. Prior to her election, Harris was special assistant to Vice President Al Gore.
Enron Corp. promoted Cynthia C. Sandherr to federal legislative v.p. Sandherr chairs the Electricity Restructuring Task Force of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.
Julia L. Johnson, Florida Public Service Commission chair, replaced Kenneth McClure as chair of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Services.
The Texas Public Utility Commission promoted Bill Magness to consumer affairs director. Magness joined the PUC in 1996 as its chief counsel.
Jim Cypher, formerly of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, was hired by Peregine Energy Group as office manager.
Boston Edison Co. elected EMC Corp. Chair Richard Egan as a member of its personnel and nuclear committees.
Thaine J. Michie, g.m. of Platte River Power Authority, was elected president of the board of American Public Power Association.
Edison Source hired former president/CEO of Accessline Technologies, Thomas Handell, to head its company. As president, Handell will oversee all field operations including retail energy operations and wholesale trading.