The sale of Texas-based utility TXU to private investors has led to the announcement of several board appointments.
Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III will serve as Advisory Chairman to the investment group of new owners. William Reilly, Chairman Emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund and former EPA Administrator, will join board of directors and lead the effort to make climate stewardship central to corporate policies.
Elster Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, has announced the creation of a new business unit – Water Global and Electricity Rest of World (RoW) – and Jerry Lauzze has been appointed Executive Vice President. Lauzze joined Elster as Vice President Sales and Marketing at American Meter Company in 1999 after holding senior positions at DMS Dresser and Halliburton Inc. He was appointed President and CEO of American Meter Company in 2002. For the last year je has been Executive Vice President, Elster Asia.
[img:bryan seal_0.jpg|Bryan Seal]SmartSynch, a provider of public wireless smart metering technology for the utility industry, has named Bryan Seal to the newly created executive position of chief knowledge officer.
In this new role, Seal will help SmartSynch continue to develop solutions for the utility market that meet the needs of the company's customers, partners and strategic allies. He will also serve as the chief liaison with SmartSynch's meter manufacturing partners, telecommunication partners, and component providers, and be active in the areas of standard protocols and their adoption across the advanced metering infrastructure landscape.
Seal joined SmartSynch in May 2005 to lead the company's software, hardware and firmware development efforts as VP of engineering. Prior to joining SmartSynch he worked for Mississippi Power Co. where he led the metering services' automatic meter reading projects from 1986 until 2005.
The Public Service Enterprise Group has named Ralph Izzo as the company's chairman and chief executive officer, effective April 1. He will succeed E. James Ferland, who is retiring after more than two decades as the head of New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility company and one of the largest in the United States.
Steve Hauser has been appointed Vice President of Strategy, Utility Division, at GridPoint, Inc.™, a provider of clean-tech products and intelligent energy solutions for utilities, consumers and businesses. Hauser, who also serves as Executive Director of the GridWise Alliance, will be responsible for creating new markets and partnerships to accelerate the long-term growth of GridPoint.
Hauser led the formation of the GridWise Alliance in 2003 to unite companies from across the country that are committed to transforming the nation’s electricity grid by integrating emerging energy and information technologies to generate, distribute and consume energy more efficiently, cleanly and cost-effectively.
Along with IBM, GridWise is a major sponsor of the annual GridWeek event. Grid modernization leaders will gather to set a common agenda, increase awareness and address policy issues related to smart grid technology deployment. Key stakeholders include utilities, technology and service providers, federal and state officials, electricity consumer groups and media.
Prior to joining GridPoint, Hauser held various senior management positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Battelle and SAIC. During his 25-year career, he has served as an advisor to numerous clean energy organizations and is former Chairman of the World Renewable Energy Congress.
Prior to joining Milsoft, Collier served as VP of Business Intelligence for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (Herndon, Virginia) where he was responsible for investigating emerging technologies and new business opportunities. He began his career in System Planning at Houston Lighting & Power Company and subsequently held positions with Power Technologies, Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, C H Guernsey & Company, Cap Rock Energy and Util-LINK LLC, interspersed with several entrepreneurial ventures.
Dan Pfeiffer has joined technology provider Itron as its new Director of Regulatory Affairs. He will oversee Itron’s regulatory programs and serve as the company’s liaison with federal and state regulators.
Prior to coming to Itron, Pfeiffer worked as the policy advisor to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission where he provided strategic counsel on national and regional policy issues that could impact ratepayers. The bulk of his career was at Avista Corp, where he served for more than 14 years in a range of regulatory and government relations capacities and represented Avista on Capitol Hill.
Elster Integrated Solutions (EIS) has announced that Scott Durham and Mike Tabbert have joined its management team, reinforcing EIS' commitment to innovation, growth and customer focus.
Scott Durham joined EIS in September 2006 as vice president of sales, strategic accounts. He brings significant knowledge of the automated meter reading and advanced metering infrastructure markets, as well as over 22 years of sales management, marketing, operations, business development and general management experience. Prior to joining EIS, Durham spent nearly seven years as vice president of sales at Datamatic, Ltd., a utility metering automation and data management systems company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California.