Energy Executives: Phoenix Energy, NREL, DTE Energy, Orion Energy, NW Energy Coalition

June 24, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

Kristen RockPhoenix Energy Technologies, a provider of enterprise energy management software, hired Kristin Rock (pictured) as the director of professional services. Rock, who had been the corporate energy manager for Petco Animal Supplies, will be leading Phoenix Energy Technologies’ EMS services and proactive analytics team. At Petco Animal Supplies, Rock managed energy, carbon and water cost and usage for more than 1,250 Petco retail stores, corporate offices and distribution centers nationwide. While at Petco, her efforts led her team to be recognized as an EPA Energy Star Leader in 2010. Prior to joining Petco, Rock provided strategic energy management leadership for commercial and industrial customers at Summit Energy Services, now part of Schneider Electric.

Bryan Hannegan will join the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on June 24 as associate laboratory director for Energy Systems Integration, an area of research and development that addresses challenges of integrating clean energy sources into the national energy infrastructure. Hannegan joins NREL from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he held several high-level positions since 2006. Most recently, he was vice president for environment and renewable energy, leading a $45 million environmental research program and establishing a new renewable energy division with revenues of $20 million.

Also at NREL, Keith Emery, a principal scientist at the lab, has been awarded the prestigious William R. Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Emery received the PV award for his work developing solar cell and module performance measurement techniques and the development of standards. The award is named in honor of William R. Cherry, a founder of the photovoltaic community. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual engineer or scientist who devoted a part of their professional life to the advancement of the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion.

David Thomas, PhD, a thought leader in organizational behavior and strategic human resource management, was named to the DTE Energy Board of Directors effective June 21. Thomas has been the dean and William R. Berkeley professor of business administration at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business since 2011. Previously, he was the H. Naylor Fitzhugh professor of business administration and chair of the Organizational Behavior Unit at the Harvard Business School. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1990 and retired in 2011. DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.

Orion Energy Systems named Vincent Alonzi as its new regional vice president of sales. Alonzi comes to Orion from WW Grainger, where he held management positions in corporate and district sales at its headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill. Orion Energy Systems designs, manufactures and deploys energy management systems – consisting primarily of energy-efficient lighting platforms, intelligent wireless control systems and direct renewable solar technology for commercial and industrial customers.

The NW Energy Coalition board has chosen Oregon CUB organizing director Jeff Bissonnette to chair its clean and affordable energy efforts for the next 2 years. The 32-year-old Coalition comprises more than 110 utilities, businesses, environmental groups, consumer advocates and other organizations working for a clean and affordable Northwest energy future. Its policymaking and advocacy efforts span Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. The Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB) is Oregon’s residential ratepayer advocate. As organizing director, Bissonnette has directed CUB’s legislative advocacy, led the Fair and Clean Energy Coalition’s push for progressive state energy policies and represented CUB on the Public Utility Commission’s portfolio options committee, which oversees the renewable energy products utilities offer their customers.

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