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Democrat Stone Leaving Mississippi Senate for Utility Job

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat from northern Mississippi is leaving the state Senate to become manager of a local utility company. Sen. Bill Stone of Holly Springs tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that his resignation will take effect Monday. The Mississippi Constitution bans ..

Ex-Water Corporation Contractor Sentenced in Kickback Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former contractor for the company that oversaw Newark’s water services has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme. Eighty-year-old James Porter, of East Orange, was sentenced on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to giving kickbacks to a..

2 To Receive Awards For Exposing Flint Water Problems

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Two people who exposed problems from lead-tainted water in Flint have been selected for MIT Media Lab Disobedience awards. Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Virginia Tech University engineering professor Marc Edwards will receive the award Friday in Cambridge, Massac..

Burns & McDonnell Adds Utility Modernization Consultant

Burns & McDonnell has named Doug Houseman utility modernization lead consultant to help clients navigate evolving regulations, market conditions and industry needs. Houseman has nearly four decades of engineering and consulting experience, including assisting with an Italian utility’s network o..

AEM Names New Senior VP of AG Services

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has named Curt Blades as senior vice president, AG services, replacing Charlie O’Brien, who announced his retirement from AEM earlier this year. In this role, Blades will be responsible for strategic direction of agriculture programs and services for the A..

DTE Energy Names Robert Skaggs to Board of Directors

DTE Energy has named Robert Skaggs to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. For more than a decade, Skaggs served as chief executive for both the Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. and NiSource Inc., a Fortune 500 energy holding company engaged in natural gas and electric utilities and the ..

Trump Selects Lawyer as FERC's Chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated energy lawyer Kevin McIntyre to chair the vacancy-plagued commission that oversees the nation’s power grid and natural gas pipelines. Only one commissioner currently serves on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving it wit..

DTE Energy Names New State Government Affairs Director

DTE Energy has named Rodney Cole to the position of director, State Government Affairs, leading the company’s policy and advocacy efforts in Lansing, Mich. In his new role, Cole will lead DTE’s Lansing office and will continue strengthening relationships with Michigan’s public sector leaders to crea..

Authorities ID Man Killed in Pipe Cleaning Accident

BROWNSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 20-year-old man killed in an industrial accident in Brownsville. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office identifies the victim as Treston Isham of Fond du Lac. Authorities say Isham was cleaning pipes at utility contractor Michels Corp. wh..

Jersey Central Power & Light Announces Changes to Leadership Team

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary, announced today that Mark A. Jones, has been named vice president of Operations and John Anderson has been named vice president of External Affairs. In his new position, Jones is responsible for the operation and maintenance of J..

West Virginia Water Agency Head to Retire After Ethics Probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of a West Virginia water agency will retire after an ethics investigation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a letter from Gov. Jim Justice’s office says West Virginia Water Development Authority Executive Director Chris Jarrett will step down and reti..

CMS Energy and Consumers Energy Announce Leadership Change

CMS Energy and Consumers Energy have announced Jean-Francois (JF) Brossoit, currently senior vice president of transformation and shared services, will succeed Dan Malone, senior vice president of engineering, effective when Malone retires Nov. 1, 2017. Brossoit will assume the new role..

Trump Announces Another FERC Nominee

President Donald J. Trump has announced his intent to nominate Richard Glick of Virginia to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the remainder of a 5-year term expiring June 30, 2022. Glick currently serves as General Counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Comm..

American Water Makes Leadership Change

American Water today announced Loyd “Aldie” Warnock, currently senior vice president of External Affairs, Communications and Public Policy, will expand his role and also oversee the company’s Corporate Business Development department, effective Aug. 1, 2017. Warnock will replace Mark Strauss, who is..

AECOM Names New Chief Operating Officer

AECOM has named Randall A. Wotring chief operating officer, effective July 1, 2017. With more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, Wotring was named group president, Technical and Operational Services in September 2016. At AECOM, he has led the growth of the com..

Welty Energy & Infrastructure Makes Leadership Changes

Welty Energy & Infrastructure has appointed Bill Paolillo to Group President and Eric Payne to VP of Energy Operations. As Group President, Paolillo will be responsible for creating and executing a strategic plan, overseeing the company and securing national projects. Prior to his current role, Pao..

Frontier Integrity Solutions Makes Leadership Changes

Frontier Integrity Solutions (FIS) has named Keyth Pengal as CEO and oil and gas industry veteran Bill Boyer to its Board of Directors. These appointments are effective immediately. “FIS has an over-40-year history of quality, trust, and honesty with its customers, employees, and communities it ser..

Pennsylvania American Water Names New Senior Supervisor

Pennsylvania American Water today announced that Jamie Yakes has been named to the position of senior supervisor of the company’s Yardley District, which provides water service to Yardley Borough, Lower Makefield Township and Falls Township. In his new position, Yakes is responsible for overs..

Pennsylvania American Water Names New Coatesville Operations Superintendent

Pennsylvania American Water today announced the appointment of Justin Brame to the position of operations superintendent of its Coatesville area water and wastewater systems. In his new role, Brame will oversee all aspects of the Coatesville operations, including distribution, collection, wat..

American Water Announces Recipients of 2017 James LaFrankie Scholarship Awards

American Water has announced the recipients of the 26th annual James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards. The awards were distributed nationwide to nine college-bound children of full-time American Water employees who demonstrate an interest in water-related industry occupational fields. Out of 66 comp..

INGAA Foundation Names New Executive Director

The INGAA Foundation has announced that industry veteran Jason M. Goldstein will formally assume the role of executive director, following Richard Hoffmann’s retirement, effective Aug. 31. Goldstein joined the INGAA Foundation in June to create a smooth transition. As executive director, Goldstein ..

PG&E Senior VP and Chief Nuclear Officer to Retire

Edward D. Halpin, Senior Vice President, Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and a 35-year veteran of the energy industry, has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2017. “Ed has done an outstanding job leading our nuclear and power generation operat..

Frontier Communications Makes Leadership Change

Frontier Communications Corporation today announced that John Maduri, a telecommunications expert with 30 years in the industry, has been named to the position of Executive Vice President, Consumer Sales, Marketing & Product. Maduri will join the company on July 24 and succeed Cecilia McKenney, who ..

Michigan Health Chief Charged in Flint Water Crisis Probe

Five people, including the head of Michigan’s health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires’ disease. Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking member of Repub..

New Mexico Utility Executive Elected to Lead Industry Group

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A national association that represents investor-owned electric companies has elected its first woman to serve as chairman of the board. The Edison Electric Institute announced the election of Pat Vincent-Collawn on Tuesday during its annual convention in Boston. Vincent-Col..

Patriot Environmental Services Appoints New CEO

Patriot Environmental Services has appointed Brian Johnson as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2017. Johnson has over two decades of experience in leading strategic growth plans and tactical process improvements for multi-state/multi-unit service companies in a number of operationally int..

Water Research Foundation Announces Award Winners

The Water Research Foundation has awarded the 2017 Dr. Pankaj Parekh Research Innovation Award to Stuart Krasner from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and two Outstanding Subscriber Awards for Applied Research to the City of Calgary and Tarrant Regional Water District. Krasner ..

Global Water Resources Makes Leadership Changes

Global Water Resources, Inc. today announced the following leadership changes: Jeff Risenmay has been promoted to vice president, in addition to his role as controller Risenmay has served as Global Water’s controller since January 2014 and has more than 12 years of accounting experience, inclu..

Artesian Resources Corporation Announces Leadership Change

Artesian Resources Corporation has appointed Joseph A. DiNunzio as President of Artesian Water Maryland, Inc. DiNunzio has served as Executive Vice President and Secretary of Artesian Resources Corporation since 2007. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Secretary and Vice President a..

Ex-Regulator Pleads Not Guilty in Influence-peddling Case

PHOENIX (AP) — A former elected Arizona utility regulator pleaded not guilty Wednesday to bribery and fraud charges accusing him of accepting thousands of dollars in payments from a water company owner in exchange for favorable treatment in a rate case. Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary ..