Mark Maassel, president of Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO), has been installed as chairman of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), an independent and voluntary North American organisation that develops and promotes the use of business practices and electronic communications standards for the wholesale and retail natural gas and electricity industries. He succeeds Michael Desselle, director of public policy for American Electric Power. Rae McQuade, executive director of the NAESB, has been given the additional title of president of NAESB by the organisation’s Board of Directors.

Terasen Utility Services has appointed Neil Auen as National Operations Manage. He will be responsible for supervision of regional and project managers, overseeing all current Terasen Utility Services AMR, contract meter reading and field services projects in the US.

SPL WorldGroup has announced the appointment of Scott Miller as Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA. Miller comes to SPL from Empirix Inc., supplier of enterprise software solutions. He will be based in Paris, France, and will divide his time between Europe and the US.

Jan Wasastjerna, presently Sales Director, Delivery & Maintenance Services of NOKIA PTE LTD in Singapore, has been appointed Vice President, Projects and Services at Enermet. He will commence in this job on 1 April 2005.

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is expected to commence operations on 1 July 2005, after appointing Steve Edwell as its inaugural national energy regulator.

LODESTAR Corporation has appointed Yvonne Betts as Sales Executive for North America. She was previously with SunGard Energy.