New Opportunities: Exelon named Kathleen Barrón vice president of federal regulatory affairs and policy. Barrón joins Exelon from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where she served most recently as deputy general counsel.
American Electric Power (AEP) promoted A. Wade Smith to president and COO for AEP Texas. Smith was v.p.-transmission engineering and project services for AEP Transmission. AEP promoted Gregory G. Pauley to president and CEO of Kentucky Power from director-public policy for AEP.
El Paso Electric promoted Mary E. Kipp to serve as senior v.p., general counsel and chief compliance officer. Kipp had served as v.p. of legal and chief compliance officer.
Chesapeake Utilities promoted Elaine B. Bittner to v.p. of strategic development, and she retains the position as v.p. of natural gas pipeline subsidiary, Eastern Shore Natural Gas. Also promoted is Jeffrey R. Tietbohl to v.p. from assistant v.p. of Chesapeake Utilities. Williams appointed Lou Hayden as director of federal legislative affairs. He was with the American Petroleum Institute.
New Jersey Resources (NJR) promoted Stan Kosierowski to serve as v.p. of clean energy ventures and president of NJR home services, the company’s unregulated appliances services and solar leasing business.
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) named Robert Baltzar to the new position of v.p. of energy efficiency and demand response. He was director of conservation resources for Seattle City Light.
PG&E Corp. promoted Edward T. Bedwell to the new position of v.p., government relations for subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. He was senior director of local and state government relations.
America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) named Michelle Bloodworth as v.p. of business development. Bloodworth joins ANGA as it seeks to raise awareness of North American natural gas due to recent shale play discoveries. She was hired after working as a consultant to ANGA. Prior to that, she worked for over 20 years at Energen’s Alabama Gas, where she served as v.p. of marketing, sales and communications.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced that three of its scientists were selected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as lead authors for the fifth assessment report to be released in 2013-2014. They are: Richard Richels , senior technical executive, and Geoffrey Blanford and Steven Rose , senior research economists.
Boards of Directors: UniSource Energy named Robert A. Elliott , a longtime Tucson businessman, as its lead director. He served on the board since 2003.
TransCanada announced that Russ Girling is appointed to the board of directors, following an earlier announcement that he became president and CEO of TransCanada following the retirement of Hal Kvisle .
DTE Energy named David Brandon to its board. He was chairman and CEO of Domino’s Pizza and in January was named athletic director at University of Michigan.
CMS Energy shareholders re-elected nine incumbents to the board and added a new member, John Russell , president and CEO of CMS Energy and subsidiary Consumers Energy.
ISO New England announced the re-election of David Vitale to the board and election of two new members, Raymond Hill and Philip Shapiro . Vitale also was named the new chairman