Michael A. Walker has been named senior vice president and general counsel of KeySpan Services Inc. Since 1995, Walker has served as chairman of the energy sector services group and as a member of the corporate finance and technology groups of Buchanan Ingersoll.
The White House nominated Nora Mead Brownell, a commissioner for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, as commissioner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring on June 30, and for an additional five-year term ending in 2006. Brownell has been a commissioner on the Pa. PUC since being appointed by Gov. Tom Ridge in 1997. Also nominated by the president is Patrick Henry Wood, III for the position of FERC commissioner. That five-year term would expire in June 2005. Wood is chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Donald F. Santa, former FERC commissioner, has joined the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP as a partner. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Santa was senior vice president for strategic planning at LG&E Energy Corp., and before that at the FERC.
NIPSCO has named Barrett Hatches president and CEO. Hatches formerly was president and CEO of ENSTAR Natural Gas, a division of SEMCO ENERGY Inc. Anthony M. Izzo will succeed Hatches at ENSTAR. Izzo has been vice president of engineering and operations for ENSTAR since December 1999.
Herb Tate, New Jersey Public Utilities Commission president, announced that he is stepping down from his position for a job in academia. Tate's departure after seven years leaves two commissioners remaining; Frederick Butler, who began in March 1999, and Carol Murphy, who began in February. Tate's announcement spurred renewed calls by lawmakers to increase the size of the board from three to five members to avoid future brain drain.
Dynegy has appointed Rod Wimer as president of commercial power. Prior to this position, Wimer served as president of Dynegy Canada. David Pope has been named president of Dynegy Canada, filling the position left vacant by Wimer's promotion. Pope was a vice president at Enron for nine years, serving initially in Canada and ending in Europe.
Russell Wright, president and CEO of NSTAR, has been elected chairman of the New England Gas Association. Joseph F. Bodanza of KeySpan Energy Delivery New England was elected treasurer and clerk, Robert J. Weafer Jr. of NSTAR was elected assistant treasurer, and Thomas M. Kiley of NEGA was elected president
Martin A. White has been elected chairman of the board for MDU Resources Group Inc. White replaces John A. Schuchart, who retired as chairman of the board and director. MDU also named Dennis W. Johnson to the board. Johnson is chairman and CEO of TMI Systems Design Corp., TMI Transport Corp., and TMI Storage Systems Corp.
The Wildlife Habitat Council board of directors has elected Robert A. Fenech of Consumers Energy as its chairman of the board. Fenech is senior vice president, electric generation, at Consumers Energy, and has served on the WHC board since 1997. Consumers Energy has elected Dennis DaPra to the new position of senior vice president, accounting and regulatory affairs.
W. George Hairston, III, president and CEO of Southern Nuclear Operating Co., was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Feb. 24. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1987 to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of people, projects, and institutions that bring recognition to the state of Alabama, and that serve to inspire others to pursue careers in all engineering fields. F
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