Bob Rowe of the Montana Public Service Commission was elected first vice president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Rowe will continue to serve as chairman of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee for another year.
Duane, Morris & Heckscher LLP added Regina Speed-Bost to its energy group. Speed-Bost is the former legal advisor for natural gas and oil pipeline matters to William L. Massey, commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Charles K. Dempster was named senior vice president of UtiliCorp United and chairman and chief executive officer of Aquila Energy. Dempster served the past three years as chairman of UtiliCorp U.K. Inc.
Otter Tail Power Co. elected John Erickson to the position of vice president, finance. Most recently, Erickson headed the company's restructuring efforts.
L.W. (Lee) Smith was promoted to fill the newly created position of vice president, energy supply and marketing for Midland Cogeneration Venture. Smith has 10 years of experience with MCV in the independent power production industry.