Dam Safety and Inspections director Tjoumas retires from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Constantine “Gus ” Tjoumas retired in January 2007 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). For more than ten years, he directed the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections in FERC ’s Office of Energy Projects (OEP).
OEP Director J. Mark Robinson said Daniel Mahoney, deputy director of the division, would serve as its acting director while a search is conducted for Tjoumas ’ successor.
FERC is responsible for developing policies, programs, and standards for the inspection of more than 1,700 projects that include more than 2,600 dams. As director of the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, Tjoumas was responsible for establishing, maintaining, and reviewing policies, procedures, and standards related to FERC ’s dam safety, inspection, and dam security programs. He also instructed regional engineers in coordinating the inspection and supervision of projects.
Tjoumas became director of the division in May 1996. Prior to that time, he served as deputy director of the division, from March 1986 to May 1996. His career included other jobs with FERC, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Kilgore named first chief executive officer for Tennessee Valley Authority
Tom Kilgore is the Tennessee Valley Authority ’s (TVA) first chief executive officer (CEO). In that job, Kilgore is responsible for the day-to-day management of operations and programs for TVA, the largest public power provider in the U.S.
TVA manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including hydropower generation, flood control, navigation, water quality, and recreation.
TVA ’s board of directors appointed Kilgore CEO in October 2006. Kilgore had served as acting CEO since March 31, 2006. He joined TVA in 2005, when he was named its president and chief operating officer.
Kilgore came to TVA from Progress Energy, where he was president and CEO of Progress Energy Ventures, the utility ’s wholesale, non-regulated energy services business. Prior to that time, Kilgore served as president and CEO of Oglethorpe Power, a generation and transmission cooperative.
BC Hydro names Stewart chief safety officer
Canadian utility BC Hydro appointed Ray Stewart to the newly created position of chief safety, health, and environment officer. In this role, Stewart is responsible for BC Hydro ’s policies involving employee, contractor, and public safety. He also will continue to be director of dam safety.
BC Hydro said it anticipates that Stewart will apply a systematic approach he has used in dam safety to improve overall performance on safety, health, and environment issues.
Tung retires from CANMET; continues to advise Hydraulic Energy Technology Group
Tony Tung retired from the job of managing the Canadian government ’s Hydraulic Energy Group at CANMET Energy Technology Center, part of Natural Resources Canada. He will continue to work part time during 2007 as senior adviser to the Hydraulic Energy Group.
During his 39-year career, Tung helped form and develop Laboratoire de Machines Hydraulic (LAMH), Canada ’s only independent fluid mechanics laboratory, at Laval University in Qué bec. Additionally, Tung played a key role in development of the world ’s first tidal demonstration project, in Nova Scotia.
Internationally, Tung provided oversight for projects supporting Canadian technologies throughout the world, including China, India, Nepal, Poland, and South America.
Tung advanced research and development of small and low-head hydro technologies through the publication of more than 40 papers and the completion of more than 40 cooperative R&D projects with industry and universities. In 2004, Tung received the Hydro Visionary Award in recognition of his longstanding leadership in the HydroVision conference program.
Meeks named administrator for Western Area Power Authority
Tim Meeks is the new administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). He started the job in January 2007. Meeks succeeds Mike Hacskaylo, who retired from federal service at the end of December 2006.
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman announced the selection of Meeks, formerly WAPA ’s chief operating officer (CEO). As CEO, Meeks provided leadership and strategic direction for WAPA ’s engineering and administrative programs.
WAPA markets and transmits electricity generated at hydropower plants totaling more than 10,000 MW owned and operated by the federal government.