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L.D. Hollingsworth joins management consulting and engineering firm R.W. Beck’s Orlando office as an executive consultant for utility clients seeking enterprise risk management services.

Myron Bechtel has been named president of Waukesha Electric Systems.

Encorp named David Johnson, a CPA and partner of Tatum CFO Partners in Denver, as their chief financial officer.

Along with surviving Hurricane Charley, Kissimmee Utility Authority welcomed its newest board member, James Kasper. At the same meeting, Nancy Gemskie was elected chairman.

Roger Agnelli, chief executive officer of the Brazilian firm Companhia Vale de Rio Doce, has been named to the Duke Energy board of directors pending regulatory approval.


“- According to an Associated Press report, FirstEnergy will eliminate 205 positions with its nuclear subsidiary as part of its reorganization process. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is quoted in the article as labeling the cuts

“- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will continue to inspect and assess physical security of nuclear facilities, but the results will no longer be made publicly available and will be exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests due to security concerns. (Source: NRC.)

“- Representatives of the critical power industry have formed the Critical Power Coalition, a national organization whose mission is to develop common public policy and establish a unified industry voice. More information can be found online at (Source: PR Newswire.)


J.D. Power and Associates recently released its 2004 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study. The top performers for each region are listed below.

“- Eastern region: PPL Electric Utilities ranked highest for the fourth year in a row. Also performing well in the region are Allegheny Power, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Energy East and Potomac Electric Power Company.

“- Midwestern region: LG&E Energy and MidAmerican Energytied for the lead spot. Also performing well in this region are Xcel Energy-Midwest, Cinergy and Ameren.

“- Southern region: Southern Company came in first. Additionally, the South has the highest average overall satisfaction index score of any region.

“- Western region: Salt River Project grabbed the top spot in this category, and the top spot overall with a score of 116. Also performing well in this region are Arizona Public Service, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp.

“- medium-sized utilities (serving 160,000 to 400,000 customers): Omaha Public Power District wins for the third consecutive year. Also performing well in this segment are CLECO, El Paso Electric, Jacksonville Electric Authority, Nashville Electric Service and Indianapolis Power & Light.

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