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Hickok retires from BPA, Burns named acting deputy administrator

Steve Hickok retired from his position as deputy administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), effective May 2009. Allen Burns has been named acting deputy administrator, to serve in this position until a new deputy administrator is selected.

Hickok joined BPA in 1981. He headed BPA's first Office of Conservation, served as vice president of the power business line, and served as chief operating officer twice. In 2001, Hickok became deputy administrator.

In addition, as part of Senator Mark Hatfield's staff, Hickok was involved in the 1974 Federal Columbia River Transmission System Act, which is the legislation that made BPA self-financing. He also worked on the Northwest Power Act of 1980.

Burns, vice president of bulk power marketing and acting deputy administrator, joined BPA in 1975.

Throughout his career at BPA, Burns has worked in a variety of areas involving all segments of BPA's customers, including investor-owned utilities and preference customers (public utility districts, cooperatives, and municipalities). Burns has served in his current position since 2005.

BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility that markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation, and one nuclear plant.

Flow Science elects Souders, Harper vice presidents

Flow Science Inc.'s board of directors named David Souders vice president of sales and marketing and Ron Harper vice president of programming.

Souders joined Flow Science in 1999 and has been director of sales and marketing for the company since 2004. As vice president, Souders will be responsible for the company's marketing activities and for direct sales of the company's Flow-3D and Flow-3D/MP modeling products.

Harper has worked for Flow Science since 1982. In his new position, he will be responsible for all aspects of designing, programming, and compiling Flow-3D's graphical user interface and post-processing.

Flow Science is a software company based in Santa Fe, N.M., that specializes in transient, free-surface flow modeling software for industrial and scientific applications.

Duxbury joins Hewlett Foundation as environment program officer

Peggy Duxbury is now a program officer in the Environment Program of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

In this position, Duxbury will focus on U.S. and western state energy policy issues, as well as U.S. and international climate policy.

She will pursue grant-making strategies to minimize the damage from fossil fuel development in the West, promote increased use of renewable energy sources, and encourage energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Duxbury was director of governmental and regulatory affairs at Seattle City Light. Previously, she was vice president for governmental and environmental affairs with Calpine, vice president for corporate strategies at Redefining Progress, and senior policy advisor to the White House Council on Sustainable Development.

The Hewlett Foundation makes grants to help solve social and environmental problems in the U.S. and worldwide. The foundation's Environment Program makes grants to conserve the ecological integrity of the North American West, address global climate change, and promote a sustainable energy future.

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