Trump nominee quits FERC
A number of media outlets reported last month the US president Donald Trump was set to nominate Bernard McNamee, executive director at the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, to become a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
McNamee is expected to fill a vacancy left by the departing commissioner Robert Powelson, who helped roll out the DOE’s coal and nuclear bailout plan that was unanimously rejected by FERC in January.
Powelson was nominated by Trump in May of 2017 and confirmed on August 3, 2017, by voice vote.
Leoch executive director resigns
The executive director of Chinese lead battery giant Leoch International Technology, Zhao Huan, resigned effective August 6, the company announced.
Leoch chairman Dong Li said Zhao had quit “to manage her personal affairs” and thanked her for her contribution to the company.
“Ms Zhao confirmed that she does not have any disagreement with the board and there are no other matters relating to her resignation that need to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the company or the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.”
Zhao Huan, who joined the company in 2004 as a foreign trade clerk, was promoted to foreign trade manager, deputy general manager of the foreign trade department then finally executive director in 2011.
She was in charge of international sales, administration, human resources and global promotion of products.
Energy organization bolsters board with industry experts
Non-profit clean energy program design and management organization the US Center for Sustainable Energy announced on August 8 it had added two executives to its board of directors.
Buck Endemann and Jimmy Jia were hired to help the organization to expand across the western United States as well as nationally, said Nick Leibham, a partner with law firm K&L Gates and chairman of CSE’s board of directors.
Endemann is a partner at K&L Gates had has experience working with working the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and the California Independent System Operator.
Jia is the founder and CEO of Distributed Energy Management.
Yü Group hires former Engie Energy Solutions CEO
UK-based business energy supplier Yü Group announced on August 22 it had hired Paul Rawson as its chief financial officer.
Rawson was previously chief executive of Engie’s energy solutions division.
In March the company named Katey Greene as its new business development manager.
Its CEO Bobby Kalar formed the company in 2014.
Fuel cell expert joins DoE advisory commission
North American fuel cell company FuelCell Energy announced on August 15 that Tony Leo, its vice president of Applications and Advanced Technology Development, had been appointed to the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.
The committee works to enable the widespread deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through research, development, and validation efforts.
Leo was appointed due to his knowledge of large scale global operations, energy regulations, clean distributed power generation, and hydrogen and fuel cell deployment.
HTAC was established to advise the secretary of energy on hydrogen and fuel cell research and development, goals, objectives, and strategies.
Changes in Wärtsilä’s board of management
Wärtsilä Corporation, the Finnish energy equipment maker, announced two promotions on August 20. Marco Wirén, the company’s chief financial officer, has been made president of energy solutions, executive vice president and member of the board of management
From October 1 he will be responsible for Wärtsilä’s energy solutions business globally. Arjen Berends, the firm’s vice president finance and business control for Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, fills the job left by Wirén as CFO, and will also become executive vice president and member of the board of management from October 1.