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..

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 ..