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From the October 1, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published October 1, 2013

Wes Rosenbalm resigned Sept. 25 as president and CEO of the BVU Authority in Bristol, Va. Chief Operating Officer Mike Bundy and Chief Financial Officer Stacey Pomrenke will manage the operation of the utility and the board will meet soon to discuss a process for hiring a new chief executive officer, said BVU Board Chair Faith Esposito. Rosenbalm became the utility's chief executive in 2001. In 2002, the municipal utility launched its OptiNet telecommunications division. In 2010, Rosenbalm worked with the Virginia General Assembly to help BVU transition to a regional authority serving Southwest Virginia. "It has been a privilege to lead BVU during the past 12 years," Rosenbalm said. "As a team, we have attained a number of significant accomplishments for both this utility and Southwest Virginia, and I am proud to have been part of it. Under Rosenbalm’s leadership, BVU played an integral role in Bristol being named a 2009 Top 7 Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum.

Todd Kimbrough has been named general counsel for Lubbock Power and Light in Texas. Matt Wade, the utility’s former counsel, left the utility in August. Previously, Kimbrough worked as a senior economist for the Texas Public Utility Commission and as a government affairs manager for Green Mountain Energy Co. in Austin. He also worked for Troutman Sanders, LLP in Atlanta, Ga., and Washington, D.C., where he counseled investor-owned utilities in rate proceedings and regulatory affairs. He was also a senior attorney for NextEra Energy in Austin and worked at Haynes Boone, LLP in San Antonio, where he focused on transmission, power purchase agreements and other regulatory matters for clients.

Chris M. Gent, vice president of corporate communications at Kissimmee Utility Authority in Florida, has been named president of the Florida Public Relations Association. Gent has been active in FPRA at the local and statewide levels for 20 years, formerly serving as president of FPRA’s Orlando Area Chapter as well as director for nine years on the FPRA state board of directors, including seven years on the executive committee. He earned his Accredited in Public Relations certification in 2010 and his Certified Public Relations Counselor designation in 2011.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Ed Townsend, founder, owner and chief executive officer of Bank of Grove, to the seven-member board of directors of the Grand River Dam Authority in Vinita, Okla. The board is comprised of representatives from each of the utility’s municipal, cooperative and industrial customer classes, as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Townsend previously served as chairman and CEO of Local Oklahoma Bank and chairman of Integris Health, both in Oklahoma City.

The Indiana Municipal Power Agency in Carmel, Ind., has promoted two staff members:

  • Kyle Brouillette, senior operations analyst; and
  • Phil Lopresto, ISC project engineer.

Brouillette joined IMPA in 2010 as market operations analyst and will now assume full responsibility for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and PJM Interconnection transmission auctions. Lopresto joined ISC, IMPA’s engineering and consulting subsidiary, in 2008 as distribution engineer. He will now assume more responsibility within ISC.

ISC also hired Rob Doty as general foreman to lead its new distribution line services department, which will offer engineering and management services to Indiana municipal electric utilities. ISC expects to hire eight journeyman lineworkers who will staff two electric line crews. Doty has 21 years of experience in electric line construction, including eight years as a contractor. Most recently, he worked for Richmond Power and Light in Indiana for 13 years.
James Cater joined APPA as director of economic and financial policy. His experience includes direct involvement with regulatory affairs, power market trading and hedging, project benefit-cost analysis, price forecasting and market analysis, integrated resource planning, resource portfolio management, load research, cost-of-service studies and investment return analysis. Previously, he was manager of power and market analytics at Green Mountain Power Corp. in Vermont, and director of power supply and strategic/economic analysis at Central Vermont Public Service Corp. He earned a bachelor’s in economics from Western Connecticut State University, and a master’s in economics from American University.



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