The board of the California ISO selected Jeffrey D. Tranen as its first CEO. Tranen is former president of the New England Power Co., senior v.p. of the New England Electric System and chair of NEPOOL. The ISO starts operation Jan. 1, 1998.
Charles F. Gay, Ph.D., former director of the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was hired as president and CEO of ASE Americas Inc. Klaus Albrecht, former president and CEO, will serve on ASE's board and as senior v.p.-business development. Gay served as NREL director since 1995; prior to that, he was president of Siemens Solar Industries in the U.S.
Ahmad Faruqui joined the Electric Power Research Institute as manager, market management, to research retail pricing, customer choice and competitor analysis. He was previously a principal with Hagler Bailey Consulting.
The Atlanta Gas Light Co. board elected Thomas H. Benson president. Benson will continue to work as executive v.p. of AGL Resources.
Michael Rescoe was hired as chief financial officer at PG&E Corp. He had worked for ENSERCH Corp. in the same post. He succeeds Gordon Smith, who became CEO of PG&E's utility subsidiary, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.