New Opportunities: Duke Energy named Ginny Mackin senior v.p. and chief communications officer. She was executive v.p. and director at Wells Fargo.
Pacific Gas and Electric appointed Steve Malnight as v.p. of integrated demand side management within the utility’s customer care organization. He was v.p., renewable energy.
Entergy promoted Michele Lopiccolo to v.p., planning and financial communications from v.p., investor relations. She’s succeeded by Paula Waters , formerly director, investor relations. Barrett Green and Mike Twomey join Entergy’s wholesale commodities business, with Green named v.p., finance and risk and Twomey named v.p. external affairs-wholesale. Green was v.p., chief risk officer-designate for Enexus Energy, and Twomey was v.p., utility strategy. Kimberly Despeaux was named senior v.p., federal policy, regulatory and governmental affairs and was v.p. and associate general counsel-federal regulation and policy.
The California ISO appointed Steve Berberich to the new role and title of v.p. and COO, from v.p., technology and corporate services. Nancy Saracino assumed the new role and title of v.p., general counsel and chief administrative officer. She continues responsibilities for ISO legal, corporate secretary, internal audit and corporate compliance functions. Peter Ristanovic is hired as v.p. of technology. Jim Detmers , formerly v.p., operations, retired in July.
Puget Sound Energy named Kimberly J. Harris president, reporting to CEO Steve Reynolds , in anticipation of adding CEO to her title upon his retirement in 2011.
DQE Holdings named Richard Riazzi as president and CEO of Duquesne Light and two related companies. He was CEO and general manager of Chelan County Public Utility District in Washington state. He replaces Morgan O’Brien who left Duquesne Light to become CEO of People’s Natural Gas, which Dominion Resources recently sold to San Francisco-based SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund N.A.
American Electric Power (AEP) named Scott N. Smith as v.p. and assistant to the president of Ohio Valley Electric. Smith was v.p., AEP generation business services.
Chesapeake Utilities appointed Jeff Householder as president of subsidiary Florida Public Utilities. For the past 10 years he operated a utility consulting practice.
Southern Co. announced Georgia Power selected Chris Bell as its v.p. of energy planning and nuclear development. Bell was v.p. of southern wholesale energy for subsidiary Southern Co. Generation.
Exelon named Darryl M. Bradford as senior v.p. and general counsel. He was senior v.p., regulatory and energy policy, and general counsel with subsidiary ComEd. He is replaced by Thomas S. O’Neill , who was senior v.p. at Exelon and COO for Exelon Transmission. Ronald J. DeGregorio was named senior v.p. and COO for Exelon Transmission , and was senior v.p., operations support for Exelon Nuclear. He is replaced by Christopher H. Mudrick , now senior v.p., operations support for Exelon Nuclear .
Fred Butler , former commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and NARUC president, joined Opower’s industry advisory board. Butler currently serves as executive v.p. for consulting firm, Salmon Ventures Ltd.
Jim Howe , former deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs at Dep’t. of Homeland Security, became director, government relations, for nuclear fuel supplier USEC.
Morrison & Foerster hired Blake J. Nelson as