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Fulp named deputy regional director of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region

Terry Fulp is the new deputy regional director for the Lower Colorado Region of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.


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Fulp oversees programs that implement activities on the lower Colorado River, including water delivery, accounting, and contracting. He also is responsible for the region’s water conservation program and the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

A 19-year Reclamation employee, Fulp has been involved in Colorado River operations and management issues, working with other federal and state agencies and stakeholders on issues related to management and use of the river.

Previously, Fulp was area manager of the Boulder Canyon Operations Office. He managed the basin- wide effort to develop additional operational guidelines for lakes Powell and Mead, minimizing the effects of drought.

Fulp earned a doctorate in mathematical and computer sciences from the Colorado School of Mines and holds degrees in civil engineering, geophysics, and earth sciences.

Southern California Edison board elects Hemphill vice president for renewables

The board of directors of Southern California Edison (SCE) elected Stuart Hemphill vice president. Hemphill is responsible for the utility’s renewables and alternative power department, which procures electricity from small hydro, wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal resources.

Hemphill manages and administers SCE’s $2.5 billion portfolio of renewables and alternative power contracts. SCE, an Edison International company and one of California’s largest electric utilities, annually procures about 12.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity generated by renewables.

Hemphill joined SCE in 1987 as an engineer in system planning, evaluating new investments in generation. In 2002, SCE named him director of resource planning and strategy, overseeing development of long-term plans and the economic and operational analysis of third-party power contracts and large-scale utility generation projects.

Raj named chief operating officer for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Raman Raj was named chief operating officer (COO) of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the U.S.

Raj also is chief of staff to Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Nahai. Nahai was named general manager in 2007, following the retirement of Ronald Deaton.

Raj previously was president of Resources Roundtable Consulting, and served as assistant general manager and chief administrative officer under former LADWP General Manager David Freeman.

In his new role as COO, Raj is responsible for day-to-day operations of LADWP. He oversees the heads of the water and power systems, the chief administrative officer, chief information officer, and chief financial officer.

LADWP was established in 1902 to deliver water to the city of Los Angeles. It has more than 8,500 employees. Large hydro projects represent 7 percent of the utility’s power supply sources, and small hydro projects contribute to LADWP’s 8 percent of power supplied by renewables.

Imperial Irrigation District board elects Brady general manager

The board of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) elected Brian Brady general manager. The district, an energy and water utility based in Imperial, Calif., operates 14 hydroelectric units totaling 84 MW at seven sites on the All American Canal.

Brady has more than 30 years of engineering, management, and organizational experience in the water and energy fields. He succeeds Michael Campbell, interim general manager, who moves to the job of interim chief operating officer.

Brady, a registered civil engineer, previously served as general manager of the Rancho California Water District in Temecula, Calif. In that job, he introduced an integrated resource plan to meet increased municipal, industrial, and agricultural sector needs, IID said.

Past positions include assistant general manager of Anaheim’s Public Utility District, where he directed the operations of that city’s electric utility from 1992-1995. Prior to that, Brady spent nearly two decades with Southern California Edison, including a stint as chief operating officer of Energy Services Inc., a subsidiary of SCE.

Totten retires from Portland General Electric

Ray Totten retired from Portland General Electric (PGE) after a 28-year career. He spent the past 15 years working in PGE’s hydro maintenance operations group as senior maintenance engineer. He was involved in runner and generator upgrades while handling day-to-day operations and engineering.


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Prior to joining PGE, Totten worked for General Electric, installing gas turbines in northern Alaska.

Totten plans to consult for PGE in the future.

American Electric Power names McCullough senior vice president for hydro generation

American Electric Power named Mark C. McCullough senior vice president, Fossil and Hydro Generation. McCullough previously served as the company’s vice president, Fossil and Hydro Generation - Baseload Assets, a job he held since 2003.

McCullough succeeds Bill Sigmon, who was named AEP’s senior vice president, Engineering, Projects and Field Services.

McCullough has worked his entire career at AEP. In his new job, McCullough is responsible for AEP’s fleet of fossil and hydro generation totaling about 36,000 MW. He oversees plant engineering and environmental services, asset and outage planning, and technical skills and process optimization.

AEP delivers electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. Its headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

Ocean Power Technologies names Nock to direct business development, marketing

Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT) announces the appointment of Herbert Nock to the newly created position of vice president of business development and marketing.

In his new job, Nock is responsible for business development, sales, and marketing activities. He reports to George Taylor, OPT’s chief executive officer.

Nock’s past positions include that of senior vice president of marketing and sales for Fuel Cell Energy and a 29-year stint in General Electric’s Power Systems Division.

OPT, based in Pennington, N.J., is a wave energy technology and project developer with PowerBuoy projects in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Spain.

National Hydropower Association names Rastler legislative assistant

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) named John Rastler its legislative assistant. NHA tapped Rastler for the position in April, just prior to the organization’s 2008 annual conference.

In his new capacity, Rastler assists NHA policy staff and consultants in advancing the organization’s policy agenda. He also keeps members informed of regulatory actions, and updates and maintains NHA’s Internet site.

Rastler previously worked for NHA as a government and regulatory affairs intern, a job he started in June 2007. Before joining NHA, Rastler served an internship with Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and spent two summers working as a sports reporter for newspapers in Oregon.

Rastler earned a degree in political science from the University of Oregon.

Black & Veatch adds managers, expands dams, reservoirs practice

Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting, and construction company, announced it is adding managers to its dams and reservoirs practice within its water business to support initiatives related to water scarcity and aging infrastructure.

The firm said persistent water scarcity conditions worldwide, aging infrastructure, heightened awareness of flood risk, and population growth are contributing to increased market demand in the dam and water sector.

Black & Veatch named Greg Zamensky and Del Shannon regional practice leaders for dams and reservoirs in the U.S. Faruk Oksuz will provide overall direction and is the group’s leader for business development, the company said.

Complementary practice groups in Black & Veatch’s water business include water resources, hydropower, and large hydraulic structures. The groups collaborate frequently, depending on client needs, the company said.

Stover joins Hydro Green Energy

Hydro Green Energy, a Houston, Texas,-based renewable energy company, appointed Mark Stover vice president of government and external affairs.

Hydro Green Energy designs, builds, and operates hydrokinetic energy projects that generate electricity from river, tidal, and ocean currents.

Stover started his new job in May. He previously worked for Good Company Associates, a provider of technical, business, policy consulting, and support services. Prior to that, Stover directed legislative affairs for the National Hydropower Association.

Wiest, Freeland join TCB

Denver-based TCB adds civil engineer Christopher Wiest and structural engineer Jeffrey Freeland to its staff.


Christopher Wiest
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Wiest joins TCB’s Dam & Hydropower team. He brings innovation and experience assisting with project management, plan design, permit processing, and project coordination. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Gonzaga University.


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Freeland also joins the Dam & Hydropower team. He possesses more than six years of experience in structural engineering, including project design management and site inspection of construction projects for design purposes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Founded in 1957 by former engineers of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, TCB’s Dam and Hydropower specialists focus primarily on dam, hydropower, and water conveyance projects. TCB is a subsidiary of AECOM Technology Corp.

Ayres Associates names Smith vice president, promotes Mishra to manage Sacramento Office

Engineering consulting firm Ayres Associates named Thomas W. Smith vice president of water resources in California and promoted engineer Su Mishra, naming him manager of its Sacramento office. He replaces Smith in that position.

Smith’s new responsibilities include directing the firm’s California water resources activities.

Mishra joined Ayres Associates as a water resources engineer in 2005. He has 16 years experience in hydrology and hydraulics, including a stint as a water resources engineer for the California Department of Water Resources.

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