The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) has announced the appointment of John F. Bickley, III as Manager -Compliance Policy and Enforcement.
Geographic Information Technology, Inc. (GeoIT), with full support from ESRI, has formed an ArcInfo 8 implementation team that will benefit organizations in electric, gas, water, and telecommunications markets through GeoIT's depth of experience in the AM/FM/GIS industry.
Since April 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked with the utility industry to voluntarily reduce emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), which is used as an insulating medium in electric equipment. As of Aug. 1, 2000, the SF6 Emissions Reduction Partnership for Electric Power Systems had 60 partners representing roughly 35 percent of U.S. net generating capacity.
American Electric Power`s board of directors elected Susan Tomasky executive vice president. She is currently AEP`s general counsel and senior vice president-legal. Prior to joining AEP in 1998, she was a partner with the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan & Hartson in the firm`s energy group. She served as general counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1993 to 1997.
After snagging seven electric utilities last November for alleged noncompliance with New Source Review (NSR) regulations and drawing fire for its interpretation of "routine plant maintenance," the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a regulatory "off-ramp."
New Century Energies and Northern States Power recently cleared a key hurdle in their $4.6 billion merger when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the deal without ordering more public hearings into the merger. The merger`s completion, which will result in a new company named Xcel Energy, is expected in the second quarter of 2000.
Dynegy Inc. named Mary Doyle director of regulatory policy. She will be responsible for long-term gas and electric policy development and implementation. Doyle was formerly gas and electricity policy advisor for Commissioner William L. Massey at FERC. Before becoming a policy advisor, she served in the gas pipeline rates division of FERC during the restructuring of the natural gas industry.
The acquisitions of Pacificorp by ScottishPower plc and of the New England Electric System by National Grid Group plc mark the first takeovers of major U.S. electric utilities by foreign companies. In closing these transactions, the foreign buyers had to negotiate a maze of state and federal regulatory hurdles. Although approvals of local officials for the ScottishPower merger were secured only after lengthy hearings and rate concessions, merger proceedings at the federal level have been largely
Unicom appointed Elizabeth Anne (Betsy) Moler as senior vice president for federal government affairs. Currently an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., Moler is a former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She served as FERC chair from 1993-1997 and as the deputy secretary for the Department of Energy from 1997 to 1998.
Within the office of the chief financial officer (CFO), executives are realizing the need to shift their focus from that of regulatory accounting and traditional scorekeeping to becoming a trusted advisor and business partner within their organization.