ERCOT Selects New CEO

Cheryl Kaften

The Board of Directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has selected Bill Magness to become its president and chief executive officer when the incumbent in the position, Trip Doggett, retires in 2016. Magness currently serves as general counsel and senior vice president for Governance, Risk and Compliance at the Austin–based Independent System Operator.   …Continue Reading

Energy Manager Moves: Building Energy, Itron, Green Charge, Eaton, RMI, NREL, NYSERDA

Linda Hardesty

Building Energy hired Chris Preston (pictured) as vice president of sales. Preston has over 15 years of experience leading businesses to scale software sales, both startup environments and larger companies including Microsoft. Tom Deitrich has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Itron. Deitrich will join Itron in October, bringing more than 20   …Continue Reading

Energy Executive Moves: Lighting Science Group, CODA Energy, Digital Lumens, Soraa, NREL

Linda Hardesty

Lighting Science Group appointed Pete Rumsey (pictured) as executive vice president of Business Development, reporting directly to Lighting Science CEO Ed Bednarcik. Rumsey will direct the company’s commercial business development ventures. Rumsey joins Lighting Science from B2Q Technologies, where he served as a co-founder and principal, in charge of global sales and marketing initiatives. CODA   …Continue Reading

Energy Executive Moves: Ameresco, Plug Power, LED Source, CLEAResult, EnerNOC, Optimum Energy

Linda Hardesty

Mark Wilhelm (pictured) has been named Ameresco’s corporate director of sustainability and climate neutrality initiatives. He will function as Ameresco’s sustainability liaison cross-company, champion best practices for customers, and leverage expert knowledge from within Ameresco and a network of experts to develop and implement projects and strategies. Wilhelm joined Ameresco in 2013 as the director of   …Continue Reading

Energy Executive Moves: Geothermal Resources Council, Green Charge Networks, ABM, Johnson Controls

Linda Hardesty

The Geothermal Resources Council has selected Paul Brophy (pictured) as president. He replaces Louis Capuano, Jr., who remains on the board of directors as past president. Brophy is currently president of EGS and has over 45 years worldwide experience in the field of energy and natural resources, of which 35 years has been in the geothermal   …Continue Reading

Energy Executive Moves: McKinstry, Enlighted, Johnson Controls, Greenwood Energy, ARPA-E

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry promoted two of its Texas leaders. Michael Flores shifts from regional director for the South Region to vice president of the Southern US, with Michael Grabham filling the regional director role for the South Region. Both Flores and Grabham were part of the team that brought McKinstry to the Texas market in 2009. Since   …Continue Reading

Energy Executive Moves: Green Charge Networks, Tecogen, Nextility, Ecotech Institute, Ethical Electric, Renewable Funding

Linda Hardesty

Tecogen promoted Benjamin Locke (pictured) as Co-CEO to serve with current Tecogen CEO, John Hatsopoulos. Locke joined the company in 2013 as general manager. Prior to Tecogen, he was director of business development at Metabolix. In addition, Tecogen hired John Maloney as manufacturing manager. Maloney joins Tecogen from NEC Energy Solutions where he managed manufacturing   …Continue Reading

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