McCluer named program manager for DOE Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program

Megan McCluer is the new manager for the Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

McCluer replaces JoAnn Milliken, who was acting manager.

McCluer comes from Clipper Windpower, where she was senior engineering program manager for the company’s technology department. She possesses experience in rotorcraft acoustics and aerodynamics, including wind tunnel and computational research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Devine Tarbell & Associates names Brown corporate consultant

Stephen Brown joined Devine Tarbell & Associates Inc. (DTA) as a corporate consultant, after 26 years with Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) in Washington State.

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DTA is an employee-owned consulting firm of engineers, scientists, and regulatory specialists. The corporate consultant position is a new one for the company, which has a staff of more than 225 people and nine offices.

Brown previously served as director of natural resources for Grant PUD, a job he was named to in 2004. He was responsible for management of fisheries, wildlife, water quality, licensing and compliance, lands resources, and cultural resources.

Prior to becoming director of natural resources, Brown was hydro engineering manager for the utility. He managed special projects for the 1,893-MW Priest Rapids Project, including the Wanapum Dam turbine replacement and fish passage projects. He also participated in the relicensing of the Priest Rapids Project, which includes 1,038-MW Wanapum and 855-MW Priest Rapids dams.

Grant County PUD names O’Keefe director of natural resources

Grant County PUD named Gerry O’Keefe to replace Brown as director of natural resources at the utility. O’Keefe previously served as Columbia River Policy Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Ecology, a position he had held since 1998.

In his new job, O’Keefe directs and manages the natural resources division and its work on fish, wildlife, recreation, land use, cultural resources, and regulatory compliance.

Osmun joins Reclamation as a group manager in geotechnical services division

Dan Osmun is the new manager, Embankment Dams and Geotechnical Engineering Group 3, in the geotechnical services division of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. This is one of three groups devoted to embankment dams and geotechnical engineering within Reclamation.

Osmun is responsible for management of the group, as well as technical review and approval of analyses and modification designs of embankment dams.

Osmun succeeds Karen Knight, who now serves as chief of the Reclamation’s Geotechnical Services Division.

Prior to joining Reclamation, Osmun worked at URS Corporation in Denver as senior project manager and geotechnical team leader. He previously worked for Washington Group International in Bellevue, Wash.

NYPA names Hait regional manager for central New York

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) named Lynn Hait its regional manager for central New York. Hait previously was interim regional manager.

His office is at the 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

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As regional manager, Hait is responsible for all business associated with the safe operation of the utility’s hydropower plants, its water management, its workforce, and all regulatory compliance in central New York.

Hait joined NYPA in 1976 as a member of Blenheim-Gilboa’s maintenance group. He later was tapped to lead the company’s Maintenance Resource Management Division.

Prior to his work as interim regional manager, Hait was site coordinator for the $135 million Blenheim-Gilboa Life Extension Program.

NYPA is the largest state-owned electric utility in the U.S.

Gallo joins Seattle City Light as regulatory compliance officer

Andrew Gallo joins Seattle City Light as the utility’s regulatory compliance officer.

Seattle City Light created the position to ensure the utility meets more than 100 new mandatory compliance standards established by the North American Electric Reliability Council.

Gallo previously served as assistant general counsel for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. He is experienced in public utility regulatory issues and compliance standards at both the state and federal levels.

Seattle City Light is the ninth largest public power system in the U.S. The utility owns four hydro projects in the Pacific Northwest, including 1,051-MW Boundary and the three-plant 788-MW Skagit River project.

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