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Trial Scheduled Against Ex-Ohio Water Plant Operator

SEBRING, Ohio (AP) – A trial is still planned for a fired water plant operator charged with misdemeanors for what authorities say was his failure to notify residents of a northeast Ohio village about lead in their drinking water. The Vindicator reports that an attorney for 61-year-old James Bates, ..

Forterra Names New Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Forterra, Inc. today announced the appointment of Charlie Brown as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Sept. 25, 2017. Brown is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience driving growth and improvement at manufacturing and construction materials companies. He wi..

Greeley and Hansen Names New Co-Managing Director of Northeast Operating Group

Greeley and Hansen yesterday announced that Glenn R. DiGiovanni, P.E., CCM, has joined the firm as Co-Managing Director of the Northeast Operating Group. DiGiovanni has over 30 years of client and program management experience with the planning, design, and construction of wastewater, water, and..

FERC Names New General Counsel

FERC has named James P. Danly General Counsel, effective Sept. 18, 2017. He will replace David Morenoff, who has served as General Counsel since February 2017 and will assume the position of Deputy General Counsel once the transition is complete. Danly comes to FERC from the energy regulation and l..

Robert P. Powers Named to ALLETE Board of Directors

Robert P. Powers, recently retired vice chairman of American Electric Power (AEP), has been elected to ALLETE Inc.’s board of directors, effective Aug. 23, 2017. Powers’ career in the energy industry spans 41 years through his retirement in August 2017. He most recently served as a senior adviser t..

Xcel Energy Elects New Board Member

Xcel Energy has elected David K. Owens to the company’s board of directors effective immediately. An executive with extensive experience in public policies concerning energy and utility operations, Owens is recognized as an industry expert on business transformation. After 36 years of service, Owen..

New Chief of Staff Named at FERC

Anthony Pugliese has been named Chief of Staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Since January 2017, Pugliese has served as Senior White House Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he helped oversee all aspects of the department, including pipeline safety and regulatory..

Paul Stellato Named Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Xylem

Xylem Inc. has appointed Paul Stellate to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, effective immediately. Reporting to the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Rajkowski, Stellato will oversee all aspects of Xylem’s financial reporting, accounting policies..

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn Appointed to Xylem's Board of Directors

Xylem Inc. has announced that Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Beliveau-Dunn currently serves as Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Technical Services, a global organization that supports Cisco’s customers. In that role, Be..

Fired Engineer Sues Utility

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A fired engineer at a now-aborted Mississippi Power Co. plant sued the utility’s parent company Tuesday, saying an order to reinstate him is being ignored. Brett Wingo of Homewood, Alabama, filed the whistleblower retaliation case in federal court in Birmingham, Alabama. Wingo..

Houston Wire & Cable Company Elects Haley to Board of Directors

Houston Wire & Cable Company has elected Roy Haley to its Board of Directors. Haley will also serve as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Haley currently serves as a director of Essendant Inc. (formerly United Stationers, Inc.), where he serves as the chair of the Audit Committee.  ..

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Neel-Schaffer Doug Wimberly, P.E., P.S., joined the multi-disciplined engineering and planning firm with offices throughout the South, as a senior project manager in the Hattiesburg, MS, office. Matt Keeney, P.E., structural engineer, has joined the firm’s Tuscaloosa MS, office, overseeing all str..

Three Trenchless Technology Leaders Join SippTech

SippTech has finalized the addition of three of trenchless technology experts, Dr. Tom Iseley, Joe Barsoom, and Robert Affholder, to the company’s leadership team. “I was both honored and humbled when these gentlemen demonstrated such a sincere interest in becoming a part of SippTech’s senior manag..

Former CoBank CEO Joins Alaska Power & Telephone

Bob Engel, former Chief Executive Officer at CoBank, has joined the Board of Directors of Alaska Power & Telephone Company, one of Alaska’s leading independently-owned utility companies. During his tenure at CoBank beginning in 2000, Engel employed his passion for what he considers two of our count..

Portland General Electric Announces CEO Succession Plan

Jim Piro, president and CEO of Portland General Electric (PGE), notified the company’s board of directors on July 26, 2017 of his decision to retire on Dec. 31. As part of the company’s leadership succession plan, the board of directors has appointed Maria Pope, senior vice president of Power Supply..

Lisa Duarte Joins Illinois American Water’s Board of Directors

Illinois American Water today announced Lisa Duarte has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Duarte is currently a partner in the government affairs group of Forde Law Offices and has extensive experience in government affairs in the state of Illinois. As a board member, Duarte will bring an in..

UGI Corporation Elects Theodore A. Dosch to Its Board of Directors

UGI Corporation has elected Theodore A. Dosch to the company’s Board of Directors, effective July 25, 2017. Dosch currently serves as Executive Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Anixter International, a leading global distributor of network and security solutions, electrical and ..

American Water’s Dr. Mark LeChevallier Appointed to Water Science & Technology Board

American Water’s Vice President and Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mark LeChevallier, has been appointed to the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies). The Water Science and Technology Board was established in the Nationa..

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..