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Energy Executive Moves: Camfil, Regen Energy, Joule Assets, Bright Power, Cadmus Group, Civilight

Linda Hardesty

Camfil Air Pollution Control appointed Alan O’Connell (pictured) as executive vice president in charge of worldwide operations. O’Connell has served with Camfil APC’s parent company, the Camfil Group (Stockholm, Sweden) for more than three decades. O’Connell was president and CEO of the Camfil Group for 12 years, stepping down from that post in late 2013   …Continue Reading


Scandal Hits Johnson Controls

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls CEO Alex Molinaroli may be on the bubble after he admitted to having an extramarital affair with a consultant to the company. The company’s board of directors has named Bruce McDonald, Johnson Controls’ chief financial officer, as vice chairman, a move that is often made when a successor is being groomed for the   …Continue Reading


California PUC President to Step Down

Karen Henry

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Peevey announced that he would not seek reappointment when his term ends in December, an article on the SFGate website reports. Peevey’s announcement comes after the release of e-mail messages from 2010 that show Peevey appeared willing to give favorable consideration to a rate-setting case in exchange for Pacific   …Continue Reading


Inventors of Blue LED Win Nobel Prize

Linda Hardesty

Shuji Nakamura (pictured), Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano have won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the blue LED. The Nobel committee said the innovation “has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” IHS Technology says the invention of blue LEDs was a game changer that led to the creation of   …Continue Reading


Johnson Controls Reorganizes Building Efficiency Business

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls is reorganizing its Building Efficiency business. Effective immediately, Building Efficiency will operate two separate businesses: 1) the North America branch business and 2) the global products business. Dave Myers, president of Building Efficiency, has resigned and is leaving the company to pursue other interests. Bill Jackson, who most recently served as executive vice   …Continue Reading


Energy Executive Moves: Cox Enterprises, Bloom Energy, Plug Power, PowerSecure, AutoGrid Systems, Lighting Science

Linda Hardesty

Cox Enterprises promoted Steve Bradley (pictured) and Robert Fairey to senior directors. Bradley helps manage the long-term strategy for the Cox Conserves program. He oversees Cox’s alternative energy and water conservation projects. Fairey develops and implements strategies to manage Cox’s overall energy portfolio. Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of investment firm   …Continue Reading


Energy Executive Moves: Johnson Controls, NTE Energy, Rocky Mountain Institute, Rexel, Sapphire Energy

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls has appointed Michael Bartschat (pictured)as the company’s first chief procurement officer. Bartschat will report to R. Bruce McDonald, executive vice president and chief financial officer. In his new role, Bartschat will lead global procurement of purchased materials, products and services. Bartschat joined Johnson Controls in 2004 and most recently served as group vice president   …Continue Reading


Energy Executive Moves: Microgrid Solar, Sensity Systems, Sunrun

Linda Hardesty

Microgrid Solar hired Gordon Schweitzer (pictured) as director of energy efficiency services. Most recently, Schweitzer was lead engineer for the University of Delaware’s Mid-Atlantic Industrial Assessment Center. Schweitzer will help Microgrid Solar transform from being focused on solar PV to become more of a clean energy services operation. Sensity Systems appointed Phil Rehkemper as vice president and   …Continue Reading


Energy Executive Moves: ViZn Energy, Energi, Daintree Networks, NREL, Telkonet, Global Clean Energy

Linda Hardesty

Energy storage company ViZn Energy Systems appointed Ron Van Dell (pictured) as its president and chief executive officer. As president and CEO of SolarBridge Technologies, Van Dell led the launch of a microinverter for AC Solar Modules. He also served as president and CEO at Primarion (sold to Infineon), president and CEO at Legerity (spin   …Continue Reading


Acting FERC Chair Nominated for New Term

William Opalka

Cheryl LaFleur, the current acting chair at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was nominated by President Obama to a new term on the commission. Obama named LaFleur acting chairman in November after Jon Wellinghoff left the commission after seven years. LaFleur was one of his possible successors, but in January Obama instead nominated Norman Bay,   …Continue Reading


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