Isabelle Kocher was named CEO of French energy giant Engie (the former GDF Suez), becoming the first woman to head a Paris CAC 40 stock index firm (one of the 40 largest publicly held firms in the country), as reported in The Wall Street Journal.
Marty Reed, formerly an investor at the Roda Group, is now CEO at Evok Innovations in Vancouver, Canada. Evok is a new $100 million fund, backed by oil sands companies Suncor Energy and Cenovus Energy, looking "to accelerate the development and commercialization of impactful energy solutions to address the most pressing environmental and economic challenges facing the oil and gas sector today." Mike Biddle, founder and director of MBA Polymers, is managing director at Evok in its San Francisco office.
Sanjiv Malhotra, former CEO and founder of fuel cell developer Oorja Protonics, will be the first director of the Clean Energy Investment Center (CEIC) within the Office of Technology Transitions of the U.S. Department of Energy. The CEIC was established last year to "advance private, mission-oriented investment in clean energy technologies that address the gap in U.S. cleantech investment." Malhotra most recently was a consultant with the DOE's fuel cells technologies office.
Adrian De Luca, previously VP of sales and marketing at Locus Energy, is now a partner at Twenty First Century Utilities. TFC is headed by Larry Kellerman, a former employee of Portland General Electric and Southern California Edison, and GridPoint board member. Kellerman recently told GTM, "Our long-term objective is to own, operate and optimize regulated electric utilities throughout North America." TFC recently acquired GridPoint.
American Solar Direct, a residential solar energy provider in California, named Steven Walden as VP of sales, channel partners. Previously, Walden served as director of sales, RSC Group North America at SunEdison.
Thermal energy storage provider Ice Energy named Charles Costenbader as its new CFO. Costenbader has 25 years of physical asset operations and commodity risk management experience in the power generation and renewable energy sectors, including 10 years in the structured finance group of GE Capital. As GTM's Jeff St. John has reported, "Ice Energy has deployed about 1,000 of its units for utility clients across California, each capable of 'storing' about 10 kilowatts of energy per day. Its units defer energy consumption by chilling water with cheap nighttime or off-peak electricity, and then using the ice to run AC units during the heat of day without turning on their compressors." The startup has teamed up with NRG Energy on its 26.5-megawatt project with Southern California Edison.
Greg Blunden is now CFO of Emera, a Canadian power producer with approximately $11 billion in assets and 2014 revenues of $2.97 billion. Blunden was previously VP of corporate strategy and planning at the firm, an investor in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as gas transmission. Scott Balfour, Emera’s current CFO, has been appointed to the position of COO, Northeast & Caribbean -- responsible for integrating Emera's $6.5 billion acquisition of Florida generator Teco Energy.
Giovanni Damato is now technical leader for energy storage, distributed generation and microgrids at EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute. Damato was previously senior manager at Strategen Consulting.
From last week's column:
GTM has been following the employee exodus at NRG, since NRG's newly formed GreenCo (which includes NRG Home Solar and NRG Renew, as well as EVgo, the company’s electric-vehicle infrastructure business) could be moving toward the chopping block.
Last month, GTM covered the resignation of NRG Energy CEO David Crane from a post he’d held since 2003. Also resigning from NRG recently was Robyn Beavers, the "founder and leader of the newly formed Station A Group, a microgrid skunk works within the power company."
GTM has now learned that Tom Doyle, the CEO of NRG Renew, has left the firm. NRG has confirmed.
Recently, GTM reported that Steve McBee, CEO at NRG Home for a little more than a year, will be leaving NRG as well. McBee is the founder and CEO of McBee Strategic, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and advisory firm that has served a number of energy clients. He intends to remain in the energy field.
There are more names to add to the list. According to Power Finance & Risk, Denise Wilson, the executive VP and president of Alternative Energy Services, has left the firm. In 2014, Wilson told GTM, "NRG has decided to be a leader in residential solar." John Ragan, EVP and president of the Gulf Coast region, has also left the firm, according to reports.