Pamela Witmer, who served on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for five years, has been named vice president of government affairs for UGI Energy Services LLC. Former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Witmer in 2011. Her term expired in April. UGI Energy is the natural gas marketing subsidiary of UGI Corp. Along with other utilities, UGI is working to advance the 1 Bcf/d PennEast Pipeline, which would deliver gas from Northeast Pennsylvania to a Transcontinental Gas Pipeline interconnect in New Jersey (see Shale Daily, Aug. 12, 2014). Witmer will represent the company's interests before public officials and regulatory agencies, among other things. Prior to her time at the PUC, Witmer was head of the energy and environment practice at Pennsylvania-based public relations firm Bravo Group.
Rosemead, CA-based Edison International (EI) CEO Ted Craver will retire Sept. 30, and the current head of its Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Pedro Pizarro, will succeed him as CEO. EI independent director William Sullivan will become a non-executive chairman. In the interim, Pizarro will be president and a board member of EI, replacing Craver in the president's role ahead of his retirement. A senior vice president at SCE, Kevin Payne, becomes president of the utility on Wednesday, replacing Pizarro. In addition, EI CFO Jim Scilacci will retire Sept. 30, replaced at that time as senior vice president and CFO by Maria Rigatti, the current SCE CFO. Current SCE Vice President and Treasurer William Petmecky will succeed Rigatti as the utility CFO at that time.