Issue 1 and Volume 27.

Mason to lead Lower Colorado River Authority

Thomas G. Mason is the new general manager and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

Mason joined LCRA’s legal staff in 1987, and became its general counsel in 1999. In this role with LCRA, he was responsible for all legal matters, leading a team of in-house attorneys and overseeing services provided by outside legal counsel.

Before joining LCRA, Mason served as assistant legal counsel for the Texas Department of Water Resources, director of the Water Quality Division of the Texas Water Commission, and partner with a law firm focusing on environmental and administrative law.

Joe Beal had served as general manager and CEO since 2000. He is leaving LCRA to spend more time with family; he does not plan to fully retire, although he has no immediate professional plans. Beal joined LCRA in 1995 to lead its Water Services division.

LCRA, a conservation and reclamation district serving central Texas, operates hydro projects totaling 272.6 MW at six dams.

Patterson opens consultancy

James M. Patterson left IMPSA International, where he was vice president of marketing, to form a market and project development consultancy.

James M. Patterson
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The focus of the consultancy, Florian Road Associates, is on strategic alliances and development of teams to address markets and projects. The consultancy works to enhance access by non-domestic companies to hydro markets in North America and internationally.

Patterson started his career in the hydro industry with Allis Chalmers’ Hydro Turbine Division in 1976. Since that time, he has worked in markets in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and South Asia in market development, project management, joint venture development, merger and acquisition projects, and dispute resolution activities.

Patterson’s experience with hydro projects includes the 80-MW Summersville project in the U.S., the 520-MW Parbati III project in India, and the 3,200-MW Yacyreta Project in Argentina.

Hirschey retires from Brookfield Power

Sam Hirschey retired from Brookfield Power, where he was director of governmental affairs for U.S. development.

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Hirschey’s retirement caps a career that included an involvement of more than 29 years with some aspect of hydropower – including licensing, regulatory compliance, environmental, land use, and construction.

Hirschey said he plans to spend more time with his family and increase the amount of time he is able to volunteer at his church and an affiliated school.

Dave Culligan, director, Hydro Development Eastern U.S., at Brookfield Power, assumed Hirschey’s responsibilities at Brookfield Power.

EDAW promotes Everett, adds staff to Seattle office

Charles Everett is now managing principal of EDAW’s Seattle office. He provides leadership and management of a 22-person office that includes landscape architects, urban designers, biologists, and military, environmental, recreation, and land use planners.

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Everett has more than 25 years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary environmental planning and design teams throughout the Pacific Northwest and western U.S.

EDAW also hired Sandy Fischer as director of planning and design, and Jan Mulder as a senior environmental planner.

Fischer provides leadership and direction for EDAW’s integrated design, planning, and environmental practice in the Pacific Northwest. Fischer rejoined EDAW after three years as project manager for the city of Bainbridge Island’s Winslow Tomorrow urban design initiative.

Mulder has more than 25 years’ experience providing regulatory compliance and natural resource management in public and private sectors. Mulder, who previously worked for Seattle City Light, is experienced in land use and regulatory review, permitting, and environmental impact assessment.

EDAW is involved in multiple disciplines, including the fields of urban planning, design, landscape architecture, environmental planning, and natural resources management. The firm has 26 offices worldwide.

Selin, Rao join GKRSE law firm

The law firm of GKRSE announces the addition of two associates.

Jennifer Selin works on various energy regulatory issues, with an emphasis on electric industry restructuring. She advises hydro project owners and developers regarding Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing, relicensing, and compliance issues. Selin is a 2007 graduate of Wake Forest School of Law.

Rehha Rao assists hydro project owners and developers regarding licensing and compliance matters; she also assists clients in the area of electric power regulation. Rao previously worked as an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law.

GKRSE is a Washington, D.C.,-based firm that specializes in various aspects of energy regulation, including hydropower and environmental issues. The law firm rep-resents private and public entities before FERC and other federal and state agencies, as well as federal and state courts.