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Former Alden Research Laboratory president Taft dies

Edward P. (Ned) Taft III, former president of Alden Research Laboratory Inc., died September 5. He was 59.

Edward P. (Ned) Taft III
Taft retired from Alden in May 2009, citing health issues. He joined Alden in 1994 and became president in 2000. He established the Environmental Engineering & Services Group and worked to develop the company's fish-friendly turbine technology.

Taft began his career in environmental protection at Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation during the 1970s. He and his staff at performed fish protection technology work for EPRI for more than 25 years, working on screens, nets, bypasses, fish returns, and more. In June 2009, Taft received a Recognition Award from EPRI for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments in fish protection.

Alden is a fluid flow consulting company that provides engineering and flow modeling services to the power generation, process, and environmental industries.

Donations may be made to the Ned Taft Scholarship in Environmental Sciences Fund, UMass Amherst, Records & Gift Processing, Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9270 or to UMass Memorial Foundation (subject line: Brain Tumor Research, Dr. Lyndon Kim), Development Department, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Plutonic Power Corp. names Sweeney president; Fontaine, O'Brien appointed to board

Plutonic Power Corp. announces several appointments.

Paul Sweeney was promoted to president. Previously, Sweeney was executive vice president of business development. And Phil Fontaine and David O'Brien were appointed to the advisory board.

In his new position, Sweeney is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Plutonic Power's activities, including project development, engineering, and permitting.

Before joining Plutonic Power, Sweeney was chief financial officer of Canico Resource Corp and vice president and chief financial officer of Sutton Resource Corp.

Bruce Ripley, former president and chief operating officer of Plutonic Power, will continue in his role as chief executive officer of the Toba Montrose General Partnership. Through the Toba Montrose General Partnership, Plutonic Power is advancing construction of the 123-MW East Toba River and 73-MW Montrose Creek hydro projects in British Columbia. The two run-of-river plants are scheduled to be complete in mid-2010.

The new board members are Phil Fontaine and David O'Brien. Fontaine is the past national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, the national organization that represents Canada's First Nation people. O'Brien has been president and chief executive officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation, Canada's largest municipally owned electrical utility, since 2004.

Plutonic Power is a developer of clean energy projects, including hydro. In addition to the East Toba and Montrose projects, the company proposes to build the three-powerhouse, 166.3-MW Upper Toba Valley project and the 17-powerhouse, 1,027-MW Bute Inlet project.

Youlen, Lovelace join Free Flow Power Technology; Robinson appointed to board

Free Flow Power Technology LLC announces several appointments.

David J. Youlen

David J. Youlen, P.E., joined the company as chief operating officer of its development subsidiary, Free Flow Power Development LLC, and Edward Lovelace, PhD, joined Free Flow Power Technology as executive  vice president of engineering. In other news, J. Mark Robinson was appointed to the advisory board of Free Flow Power Corp.

In his new position, Youlen is responsible for developing hydropower and hydrokinetic generation projects in the U.S. "Hydrokinetic technology development is very important to the growth of hydropower in this country," he says. "My priority is to be at the right place to capitalize on the tremendous growth opportunities that lie ahead for this industry."

Youlen has 35 years of experience in the development and management of electric generation, transmission, and interconnection facilities. Before joining Free Flow Power, he was head of North American generation development for Brookfield Renewable Power. Before taking that position, Youlen was vice president of operations with Brookfield, in charge of operations for 75 hydro facilities in four states. Before joining Brookfield, he was managing director of hydroelectric generation with Reliant Energy.
Edward Lovelace

Lovelace will lead engineering research and development, including electric machinery, turbine, power electronics, controls, and grid interconnection. He is responsible for the company's SmarTurbine hydrokinetic  generator. He also supports the licensing process and engineering analysis/development for the hydropower site project subsidiary, Free Flow Power Development.

Formerly, Lovelace was director of engineering development at Satcon Technology Corp. Before that, he spent six years as senior control system engineer in the Aircraft Engines Business Group of General Electric.

J. Mark Robinson

In other news, Free Flow Power reports J. Mark Robinson is now a member of the company's advisory board. Robinson is principal of JMR.Energy.Infra, which provides consulting services concerning the development of major energy infrastructure. Previously, he was director of the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Free Flow Power Corp. is a hydropower and hydrokinetic technology and project development company with offices in Gloucester, Mass.; New Orleans; and Bellingham, Wash. Free Flow Power Technology and Free Flow Power Development are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Free Flow Power Corp. Free Flow Power Technology is manufacturing the SmarTurbine system to capture energy from free-flowing water, and Free Flow Power Development is developing hydropower and hydrokinetic generation projects in the U.S., primarily in the Mississippi River Basin.

 

 

Finkler appointed deputy commissioner of Reclamation

Kira Finkler is the new deputy commissioner, external and intergovernmental affairs, for the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior. The appointment was made by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Finkler will oversee Reclamation's congressional, legislative, and public affairs activities. She also is the executive responsible for Reclamation's national relationships with federal, state, and local governments, as well as citizen and other nongovernmental groups.

Before joining Reclamation, Finkler served as counsel to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the U.S. Senate. In this position, she provided advice and analysis regarding natural resources policy and legislation. From 2004 to 2007, Finkler was the senior policy advisor and government affairs director for Trout Unlimited.

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