Linke retires from Reclamation

Deborah Linke retired in January 2007 after more than 35 years in the power industry. She most recently served as the manager for the power resources office of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.

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After graduating from Stanford University, Linke joined Reclamation in 1971. After completing her rotation program with Reclamation’s Lower Missouri Region in Denver, she stayed to work on environmental impact statements for a year and a half before moving to Salt Lake City to work as an environmental engineer in the Upper Colorado Region. Over the next several years, she held various positions, briefly working as a civil engineer in Reclamation’s design and construction division, and later serving as chief of repayment. She also spent a year working for Reclamation in Washington, D.C.

Sixteen years after starting her career, Linke returned to Colorado, where she joined the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) as manager of its power marketing and contracts group in Golden, Colo. She later managed WAPA’s rates and repayment group, and she also served as project manager for its business information support system.

In 2000, Linke returned to Denver to manage Reclamation’s power resources office. During seven years in the position, she implemented several important programs.

Linke has served on the steering committees for the HydroVision and Waterpower conferences, as well as for the Hydropower Implementing Agreement for the International Energy Agency, and the Council of the International Hydropower Association.

Her retirement plans include helping her husband, a sculptor, market his artwork. She also plans to spend time writing a book, traveling, golfing, cycling, and skiing, and she will continue to be involved in projects for the hydro industry.

NYPA Technology Officer Zelingher remembered for many contributions

Shalom Zelingher, the chief technology development officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), died in January following an illness of several months. He was 55.

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Zelingher joined the power authority in 1983, after a stint at American Electric Power Service Corp. At NYPA, Zelingher played a leading role in developing many technologies, including sophisticated monitoring systems for hydroelectric projects. Most recently, Zelingher managed an effort to use hydropower to produce hydrogen through the electrolysis of water.

Zelingher authored or co-authored more than 60 technical papers, shared a patent for a cathodic protection system for lessening the effects of stray electric currents, and was recipient of more than a dozen industry awards.

Zelingher was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Power Engineering and Industry Applications societies. He was a member of the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy-Efficiency Development Board of Directors. He served on the National Hydrogen Association board and was a senior member of the International Conference on Large High-Voltage Electric Systems. He also advised the Electric Power Research Institute.

Claussen retires from Grant County PUD

Vera Claussen, a long-time commissioner for the Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) in Ephrata, Wash., retired at the end of 2006.

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Claussen was elected commissioner in 1982 for a six-year term. She was re-elected three times. Claussen says a highlight of her 24 years as a commissioner was the district’s work to apply for a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) operating license for its 1,893-MW Priest Rapids hydroelectric project. The project consists of two powerhouses and dams. FERC is considering the district’s relicense application.

Prior to being elected a Grant County PUD commissioner, Claussen worked for the Northwest Public Power Association and the Washington Public Utility District Association.

During her career, she was active in the leadership of the American Public Power Association (APPA), serving on its board of directors and executive committee. Claussen also was elected APPA president in 1996-1997. She was the first woman to hold that office.

Former TVA Manager Lindsay played visionary role in creating group for pumped-storage community

Gilbert Lindsay, a former manager of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), died at his home in Chattanooga, Tenn., in January. He was 78.

Lindsay was manager and start-up engineer of the 1,600-MW Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Plant, where he worked for 14 years. He was greatly responsible for its success as a prototype plant, at one time the world’s largest pumped-storage plant, Frank Adkins, his supervisor and fellow TVA retiree, said.

“Gilbert cultivated his team at Raccoon Mountain carefully, and built up a high degree of pride and loyalty,” Adkins said. “The project’s operational excellence could not have been achieved so quickly without his superb commitment and dedication. Although Gilbert’s name was not widely known, he was recognized as a giant among people who worked in the pumped-storage area.”

Lindsay was involved in creating the international Pumped Storage Users’ Committee, which he also chaired. The committee enabled facility members to meet regularly and share experience and advice about new technology, resolutions of problems, and optimized operations.

While at TVA, Lindsay also served as assistant superintendent at 96-MW Nickajack and 160-MW Chickamauga projects.

Following retirement from TVA, Lindsay worked for Oglethorpe Power Corp. as a site manager during construction of the 794-MW Rocky Mountain Hydro Pumped-Storage Plant in Georgia.

Moentenich retires from Corps

Brian Moentenich retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydroelectric Design Center in Portland, Ore., where he most recently served as senior mechanical engineer. During his 32-year career, Moentenich worked primarily with hydraulic turbines. His work included purchasing, installing, and testing new Kaplan and Francis turbines for newly-built powerhouses as well as for rehabilitation of existing powerhouses.

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He plans to do some consulting, and he may return to the Hydroelectric Design Center to work part time. Moentenich, a commercial pilot, also intends to become a flight instructor and obtain a job flying.

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