The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) selected Bill Magness as its next president and CEO. Magness, currently ERCOT's GC and senior VP for governance, risk and compliance, replaces Trip Doggett, who will retire in 2016.
SMA Solar Technology has called on Marko Wittich, the inverter firm’s current EVP of sales for the Americas, to also assume the president and GM roles for SMA’s U.S.-based arm. SMA is looking to increase its presence in Mexico, Chile and Brazil.
Car Charging Group, an owner and operator of electric vehicle EV charging services, named Mike Calise as CEO. Prior to CarCharging, Calise served as the head of North America EV solutions at Schneider Electric. Former CEO Michael Farkas will continue to serve as chairman.
Utilidata, a volt/VAR optimization firm that works with utilities, named CJ Meiser as COO. Before joining Utilidata, Meiser was VP at Schneider Electric where he launched that company's data center monitoring system.
Sierra Peterson is now VP of corporate development at Renovate America. Previously, Peterson was director of business development at Clean Power Finance. Earlier this year, Renovate America completed its third securitization of property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds with $240 million in clean energy and water efficiency projects.
Jordan Collins has moved to commercial PACE financing firm CBJ Energy as VP and general counsel. Previously, Collins was director of government relations at Mintz Levin. The "CBJ" in CBJ Energy is Claire Broido Johnson, currently with Next Step Living and previously with Serious Energy, and before that, with the DOE. The firm is "focusing on Mid-Atlantic markets," according to Collins' LinkedIn entry.
Brad Sunshine, formerly senior director of OEM sales at microinverter startup SolarBridge (acquired by SunPower), is now VP of sales at energy storage management software maker Greensmith Energy Management Systems.
Matt Price is entrepreneur in residence for commercial operations and industry partnerships at Cyclotron Road, an early-stage energy technology incubation program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Price was VP of channel development at Enlighted and, before that, a principal at Nth Power.
Competitive Power Ventures, developing wind and natural gas, hired former New York Independent System Operator senior VP of external and regulatory affairs Thomas Rumsey as its VP of external affairs. Rumsey joins CPV after more than five years leading external affairs activities at NYISO and 10 years of public affairs experience with General Electric's corporate, nuclear, and power and water divisions.