Reclamation names Murillo deputy commissioner

David Murillo has been named deputy commissioner, operations for the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior.

In this position, Murillo will oversee operations in Reclamation’s five regions; the Native American and International Affairs Office; and Technical Resources, which includes the Technical Service Center, Research and Development Office, and Power Liaison.

Murillo has been power manager for the Grand Coulee Power Office since 2006. In this position, he managed the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee and 428-MW Hungry Horse projects. He was responsible for an annual budget of $90 million and about 400 employees.

Murillo joined Reclamation in 2000 as manager of the Yakima Field Office.Before joining Reclamation, he worked for the departments of Defense and Energy on nuclear controlled pure water and waste tanks, as well as steam plants.

In other news, Reclamation named Grayford F. Payne deputy commissioner for policy, administration, and budget. Payne will oversee agency resources policy formulation, finance, acquisitions, human resources, civil rights, security, safety, law enforcement, dam safety, information technology, and program and budget. He also will serve as Reclamation’s chief financial officer.

Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S.

Cobb takes on challenges of leading BC Hydro

David Cobb became president and chief executive officer (CEO) of BC Hydro. He faces several challenges, including an ambitious energy conservation target, the new Clean Energy Act, development of the 900-MW Site C hydro project, and shaping export markets for BC power.

Cobb took the leadership position at BC Hydro in May 2010. He replaced Bob Elton, who left the company in December 2009 after six years as president and CEO.

The Site C project, on the Peace River, is in the regulatory review phase, which is expected to take about two years. The project has been considered and shelved several times. Site C is expected to cost $6 billion and produce enough energy to power more than 400,000 homes. The project is anticipated to be available for domestic electricity need by 2020.

Previously, Cobb was executive vice president and deputy CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. BC Hydro was an Olympic partner.

BC Hydro is a Crown corporation that operates 30 hydroelectric facilities and three natural gas-fueled plants.

CH2M HILL names Toman senior project manager

William Toman is senior project manager with CH2M HILL in its Washington, D.C., office.

In this position, Toman supports power plant siting and permitting. His focus is on hydrokinetic projects, including consulting on Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) 100-MW Central Coast WaveConnect ocean wave energy project.

This project was granted a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) preliminary permit in May 2010. The Central Coast WaveConnect project, offshore of Santa Barbara County, includes a memorandum of understanding with Vandenberg Air Force Base to investigate repurposing base infrastructure to support the project and to electrically tie into a base substation.

Toman took over this position in April 2010, after more than two years as principal with PG&E, where he directed the WaveConnect and San Francisco Bay Tidal Energy projects. Before that, Toman worked for Science Applications International Corp.

CH2M HILL is an engineering, consulting, construction, and operations company focusing on water, energy, environmental, and industrial projects.

EPRI names Mansoor, Larsen senior vice presidents

EPRI has named Arshad Mansoor senior vice president of research and development and Chris Larsen senior vice president of operations.

Mansoor will oversee EPRI’s research, development, and demonstration programs, which span renewable, fossil, and nuclear generation; transmission and distribution; energy efficiency; electric transportation; and the environment. Previously, Manosoor was vice president of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. He will serve in an acting capacity in this role until a replacement is named.

Before that, Mansoor was vice president of EPRI subsidiary EPRI Solutions and vice president and director of engineering for the EPRI Power Electronics Applications Center.

Larsen will direct EPRI’s business operations. Before joining EPRI, Larsen was vice president and generation manager of the nuclear division of Control Components Inc., an energy engineering company based in California. Before that, Larsen was vice president of EPRI’s Nuclear Sector and vice president of EPRI’s Generation Sector.

EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity.

Withers appointed president of NAES Power Contractors

NAES Corporation hired Dale Withers to be president of NAES Power Contractors Inc.

Withers has 40 years of experience in construction and construction management in the petroleum, chemical, and power generation industries throughout the U.S. and in the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. Previously, he held senior management positions at Alliant Energy, Brown & Root, and Foster Wheeler.

NAES Power Contractors specializes in construction, maintenance, and refurbishment projects that support the energy sector in North America, including hydroelectric and renewable generation.

Mahmoud named president of AMEC’s Earth & Environmental

AMEC has appointed Dr. Hisham Mahmoud president of AMEC Earth & Environmental. He replaces Roger Jinks, who is retiring.

Before joining AMEC, Mahmoud worked for more than 19 years at URS Corporation and its predecessor companies, Dames & Moore and Woodward Clyde. In his most recent position, East/Midwest Group General Manager, Infrastructure and Environment, Mahmoud managed about 3,500 employees in about 40 offices.

Jinks served as president of the earth and environmental business since 2000.

AMEC provides environmental, geotechnical, infrastructure, water resources, and project management services to public and private clients worldwide.

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