Employment abounds: new board additions at PG&E and a new executive at Western Resource Advocates: pvMB 10/16/19


PG&E selects new board members – Congratulations (I guess?) to Bill Smith and John Woolard on their appointments to the PG&E Corporation board of directors and to the board of directors of its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, effective as of October 11, 2019. Woolard, 54, is CEO of Meridian Energy and a senior operating partner at San Francisco-based Activate Capital, while Smith, 62, is the retired President of AT&T Technology Operations. Source: PG&E


Greg Macias named Vice President of Programs and Strategy for Western Resource Advocates – More congratulations are in order! “Western Resource Advocates President Jon Goldin-Dubois today announced that Greg Macias will join the staff as Vice President of Programs and Strategy. Macias is relocating from New York and starts on Oct. 31. Most recently, Macias was the Chief of Strategy and Impact at SAGE, a national LGBT aging advocacy organization. He led programmatic areas, organizational strategy and planning, and equity planning. In October 2019, for Hispanic Heritage Month, he was recognized by Equality New York for his leadership in the LGBTQ community.” Source: Western Resource Advocates


Florida Man tries to evict the sun – Winter Park Utility has raised the monthly fee customers pay from $15.44 to $16.98. The reason behind the raise? You should know by now: Winter Park is worried about declining revenue as customers become more energy efficient with things like LED appliances and rooftop solar panels. God forbid the customers choose efficiency, God forbid. What’s more is that city leaders want customer fees to continue a slow climb, increasing the monthly fixed fee by up to 20% per year for up to 10 years. Source: Orlando Sentinel 


Con Edison Solutions launches Community Solar Program – “National Grid residential and small business customers located in Northampton, Massachusetts and elsewhere in Massachusetts, can now enroll in a community solar program with Con Edison Solutions.  Once enrolled, subscribers receive a monthly credit from National Grid on their electricity bill for their share of the solar energy produced by the community solar installation. Con Edison Solutions, one of the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, is the developer, owner, and operator of a new 4.3MW solar installation on a site in Northampton Massachusetts, transforming unused land into a solar facility that will support the community’s environmental goals while saving money for subscribers.  In addition, Con Edison Solutions has planted trees at the site and donated more than 20 acres of land for preservation in its natural state.” Source: Con Edison Solutions


Nautilus Solar opens largest community solar garden in Maryland – “Nautilus Solar Energy LLC, a leading community solar operator announced the ribbon cutting and operation of a 6.6 MW community solar project located on the former Panorama landfill site in Fort Washington, MD. The Panorama project is the largest operating residential community solar project in Maryland. The portfolio is comprised of four solar arrays on a single site and will produce enough energy to power 1,100 homes in the region. The project is qualified under the Maryland Community Solar Energy Generating System program. The energy generated by the projects will directly benefit qualified residential off-takers who are situated within PEPCO Maryland’s service territory. Nautilus is responsible for the project management, long-term asset management, and maintenance services for the life of the project, while Virgo Investment Group maintains ownership of the portfolio.” Source: Nautilus Solar

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