The Allegheny Energy Inc. board of directors named Florida Power & Light Co. President Paul Evanson its new chairman, replacing the retiring Alan J. Noia. Allegheny's interim president, Jay Pifer, assumed the duties of COO at Allegheny. Evanson had been with Florida Power and Light since 1992. He will be replaced temporarily by Lew Hay, chairman and CEO of FPL Group, until a permanent replacement is found.
Senate Energy Committee Chairman Pete Domenici named Judy Pensaben chief counsel, replacing the retiring James Beirne. Pensabene worked as vice president of Federal Affairs and as Washington counsel for Constellation Energy Group from 1995 to 2002.
MDU Resources named Cindy Redding vice president of human resources. She previously served as director of human resources for the corporation.
PJM Interconnection filled its newly created post of vice president and chief technology officer, naming Alain Steven to that role. Steven spent 12 years as president and CEO of ALSTOM ESCA Corp. prior to joining PJM.
The North American Reliability Council (NERC) said Richard C. Byrne is its new manager of certification programs. Byrne spent 30 years with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, and he also is a past chair of NERC's Examination Working Group.
Helen R. Bosley, CFA, and Thomas A. Bracken have been elected to the South Jersey Energy board of directors. Bosley is president and co-founder of Corporate Financial Management Inc. in Pennsylvania, and Bracken is president and CEO of Sun National Bancorp Inc. in New Jersey.
NSTAR named Carolyn Assa its director of media relations. Assa previously worked for ABC television in Los Angeles.
Robert L. Gould joined Constellation Energy Group as manager of corporate communications, succeeding Charles Welsh. Gould previously directed communications and public relations for the Federal Railroad Administration.
El Paso Electric said J. Robert Brown had been elected to its board of directors. Brown is a co-owner of Anhueser-Busch distributorships in New Mexico and Texas. He also is president and chairman of the board of Desert Eagle Distributing, another Anheuser-Busch distributor.
Energy New England LLC appointed Bruce McCracken its new business development manager. McCracken most recently was wholesale power originator for FPL Energy Power Marketing Inc.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. (ERCOT) invited three people to be part of its board of directors: Mark Armentrout, executive vice president of MBNA Technology Inc.; David Baggett, former president of American Plumbing and Mechanical; and Miguel Espinosa, president of The Riverview Group LLC. The Public Utility Commission of Texas approved the three hires in early June. Armentrout, Baggett, and Espinosa will be the first independent directors at ERCOT.
Dynegy named Layne J. Albert vice president responsible for all tax matters relating to the company and its subsidiaries. Albert previously was a vice president at Encompass Services Corp.
Southern Union Co. appointed Jeryl L. Mohn to interim president of its Panhandle Energy subsidiary. Mohn has been with the company 29 years, most recently as senior vice president. He succeeds former Panhandle President and COO Christopher A. Helms.
Puget Energy Inc. CFO and Senior Vice President of Finance Steve McKeon will retire in December. McKeon has been with the company since 1997.
The FBI arrested former Enron energy trader John Forney at his place of employment, the headquarters of American Electric Power Co. (AEP) in Ohio. AEP put Forney on administrative leave after the arrest, Dow Jones reported.
Aquila Inc. CEO Richard Green Jr. during the company's annual meeting apologized for Aquila's poor financial performance, the Associated Press reported. The company lost more than $2 billion during its last fiscal year.
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