Hunt named vice president at Ocean Thermal Energy Corp.

Sheldon Hunt, PE, is vice president of operations for Ocean Thermal Energy Corp. (OTE).

In this role, he will focus on the installation of seawater district cooling and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) facilities, with emphasis on utility integration, facility construction and maintenance management. Hunt will be based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Before joining OTE, Hunt was a consultant, conducting feasibility studies for OTEC projects in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. For 12 years, he served as the primary utility consultant and energy advisor for the U.S. Army in the Pacific Region.

OTE is in the final phases of executing a contract for a 5-MW plant, which would be the world’s first commercial OTEC plant.

EPRI appoints McGranaghan, Alley vice presidents

Mark McGranaghan is vice president of power delivery and utilization and C. Thomas Alley Jr. is vice president of generation with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

McGranaghan will be responsible for research, development and demonstration programs related to electricity transmission, distribution, energy efficiency and electric transportation. Before joining EPRI, he was vice president of its subsidiary, EPRI Solutions.

In his new role, Alley will oversee research, development and demonstration programs related to fossil generation. He joined EPRI in 2007 after more than 20 years at Duke Energy.

EPRI is a nonprofit organization that conducts research and development relating to generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

Basler promotes Rhodes to vice president of sales

Ken Rhodes is now vice president of sales for Basler Electric Co.

He will be responsible for maximizing the sales effort and will direct resources to provide solutions to meet customers’ requirements.

Prior to this, Rhodes was director of sales. He joined Basler in the engineering lab in 1983 and held various positions, including buyer, purchasing manager, director of supply chain and sales manager for the power systems product group.

Basler designs and manufactures voltage regulators, excitation systems, protective relay systems and more for the utility, industrial, commercial, and original equipment manufacturer markets.

Tanner named VP of renewable energy for Mott MacDonald

Tremain Tanner has been appointed vice president, renewable energy with Mott MacDonald.

Mott MacDonald is expanding its renewable energy presence in North America with the opening of a dedicated office in Boston, Mass. Tanner will be based in this office.

In this position, Tanner will assist clients with permitting, financing, building and operating renewable power projects, including hydro and ocean/tidal/stream. He will undertake three primary mandates: provide local coverage and support for Mott MacDonald’s North American renewable project and client base; recruit and grow the renewables advisory team for North America, with a focus on providing lenders technical advisory and owners engineering services; and acquire and complete new client assignments.

Tanner has worked to build the infrastructure asset portfolios of two Fortune 100 global companies and led the development of the renewable generation portfolio of a major North American utility with significant hydro assets.

Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering, and development consultancy.

Roos-Collins forms Water and Power Law Group

Richard Roos-Collins

Richard Roos-Collins has formed the Water and Power Law Group PC to take over the law practice of the Natural Heritage Institute (NHI).

Roos-Collins was legal director at the institute for 20 years. In this role, he represented public agencies and conservation groups in water resources matters, including hydroelectric project licensing proceedings and public trust cases.Prior to that, he was a prosecutor in the California Department of Justice and an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of general counsel.

The new company, headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., opened its doors in April. Roos-Collins and Julie Gantenbein will represent existing NHI clients, as well as other entities (including for-profit corporations) in the areas of water and power.

NHI is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. With this change, NHI will focus on its consulting practice.

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