Reclamation selects Philmon to manage 428-MW Hungry Horse
Dennis Philmon is the new facility manager for the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s 428-MW Hungry Horse Dam. The project is on the South Fork of the Flathead River in northwestern Montana.
Philmon replaces Ralph Carter, who retired at the end of December 2006.
Philmon earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Seattle University. He joined Reclamation in 1989 as a mechanical engineer at the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee Dam project. In 1999, he was promoted to a supervisory facilities operations specialist at Grand Coulee’s Third Power Plant.
Chenoweth retires from Corps
Deborah Chenoweth retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January 2007 after a 34-year career. She plans to remain active in hydro by serving as an advocate for the Corps, promoting its programs and missions.
Chenoweth most recently served as chief of operations for the Corps’ Portland District. In this position, she oversaw the operation of 19 hydro projects in the northwestern U.S. She served as operations manager for the 1,090-MW Bonneville Lock and Dam from 1996 to 2002.
Chenoweth began her career in 1973 in the Corps’ Louisville District, first as a park ranger in Ohio, and later as an area manager with four lakes under her supervision. She was later named assistant chief of the natural resources division for the Corps’ Missouri River division in Omaha, Neb.
Consumers Energy names Monroe to new hydro position
Adam Monroe is the hydro project safety engineer for Consumers Energy’s hydro generation department. In this newly created position, he manages construction and instrumentation for the utility’s 13 hydro plants and works with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on dam safety issues.
Monroe joined Consumers Energy in May 2006 after graduating from Michigan Technological University with a civil engineering degree emphasizing hydrology and hydraulics. He started as a civil engineer at the coal-fired 265-MW James H. Campbell generating complex, and he also helped develop a dam monitoring plan.
Consumers Energy’s hydro plants have a combined capacity of 132 MW.
VA Tech Hydro USA announces changes in management
Carlos Torres and Stephen Schmidt are the new co-presidents of VA Tech Hydro USA Corp., based in Charlotte, N.C. Steve Wacker resigned as company president in February 2007.
In addition to assuming responsibilities for all company activities, Torres and Schmidt will continue in their current positions. Torres is vice president of sales; Schmidt is vice president of operations.
Kaelin to direct Alstom’s U.S. hydro business development
Bruno Kaelin is the new director of hydro business development for Alstom Hydro U.S. Inc. He manages Alstom’s U.S. hydro product sales and provides support to the company’s hydro sales staff throughout the country.
Kaelin has 25 years experience in the power generation industry. He previously was a project director for Alstom Hydro US, Inc.
Lukas joins Kleinschmidt
Timothy Lukas joined Kleinschmidt Associates, where he is a senior regulatory specialist and environmental studies adviser on the company’s licensing and regulatory management team.
Lukas has more than 25 years of experience in natural resource management, environmental assessments, strategic planning, and federal and state regulatory processes associated with hydroelectric project permitting and licensing.
Most recently, he ran his own firm, Lukas Consulting LLC, founded in 2004. Before that, he worked with Fred Ayer in the firm Lukas & Ayer Inc.
In his new job, Lukas will assist clients with strategic planning, project management, settlement negotiations, regulatory compliance, and development of study plans and study reports.
Louis Berger announces additions
James Holeman and Fred Winchell joined the Louis Berger Group as senior managers. The Louis Berger Group provides engineering, project management and planning, environmental science, and construction services to the hydro industry.
Holeman is a senior project manager in Louis Berger’s energy group, in the firm’s San Francisco office. He retired from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in 2006 after a 31-year career. While at PG&E, Holeman managed relicensing efforts for several hydro projects, including 317-MW Pit 3, 4, and 5.
Holeman is experienced with all aspects of hydro licensing processes used by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has organized and participated in consultations with local, state, and federal agencies, native American tribes, and non-governmental organizations.
Fred Winchell is a senior fisheries biologist and project manager in the firm’s Needham, Mass., office. Winchell has 21 years of experience in applied fisheries science relating to water resource developments. He is currently the lead FERC contractor responsible for addressing aquatic resource issues in the relicensing proceedings for the 161.3-MW Klamath project and the 1,167-MW Hells Canyon complex. He has participated in relicensing proceedings for 43 hydro developments.
Winchell’s areas of expertise include fish entrainment and fish passage and protection. He has authored comprehensive reviews of the topics published by EPRI and FERC, and he has overseen field and laboratory studies of fish screening technologies and behavioral fish guidance systems.
National Hydropower Association announces staff changes, additions
The National Hydropower Association (NHA) announces several staff changes and additions.
Jeff Leahey, formerly manager of regulatory affairs, is now senior manager for government and legal affairs. In this new, expanded role, Leahey will continue to manage NHA’s regulatory affairs program while assuming additional policy work as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He will continue to staff NHA’s legal affairs task force and manage the legal program.
Diane Lear is expanding her work with the association, moving from a consultancy role to become NHA’s membership and marketing coordinator. She is responsible for membership and outreach to new members.
Rebecca Blood, a veteran lobbyist, is working with NHA as a senior policy consultant for climate change and appropriations. She has more than 25 years of public policy, association, consulting, and Capitol Hill experience, including work for the American Public Power Association (APPA). At APPA, Blood was senior staff for environmental and renewable energy issues. For NHA, she will work on legislative strategies.
Angel Brownawell is NHA’s new communications manager, responsible for overseeing NHA’s communications program and initiatives. She also is responsible for media outreach and redevelopment of NHA’s Internet site. Brownawell previously worked in the communications office at Capitol College in Laurel, Md.
Ashley Ross-Teel is NHA’s new communications specialist/staff coordinator. She joins NHA from Radio-One, where she was a promotions coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.