Rosput Takes Atlanta Gas Light Helm
AGL Resources has named Paula G. Rosput to be president and COO
of its unbundling natural gas distribution company, Atlanta Gas
Light. She will assume her new responsibilities Sept. 21. Rosput
was previously president and CEO of Duke Energy Power Services and
was president of PanEnergy Power Services prior to PanEnergy's
merger with Duke Power last year. Prior to that she was senior vice
president at Pacific Gas Transmission.
"Her wealth of experience in gas and electric utilities, natural
gas pipelines and competitive energy businesses will help the
company as it prepares for the rapidly changing and increasingly
competitive utility industry," said Walter M. Higgins, the new
president and CEO of AGL Resources.
Rosput led the team that certificated and built the Pacific Gas
Transmission Co. expansion in 1993, the biggest mainline pipeline
ever built in the U.S. And while at Duke Energy Power Services, she
created a company with $1.5 billion in unregulated assets in three
years. With the transformed position of Atlanta Gas Light into an
unbundled utility starting in November, Rosput likely will have to
draw on her leadership experience in both regulated and unregulated
"The challenge here is first and foremost to transform the
bundled franchise utility company into a common carrier," Rosput
said in an interview with NGI. "Basically you're transforming the
local distribution company into a pipeline with small diameter
pipe. To do that in a way that is a positive for customers, many of
whom are skeptical about the benefits of deregulation, and to do it
in a way that satisfies the competing needs of regulators and
shareholders, is critical.
"I think the law is very clear at this point as to what is
expected of the company so fortunately for me there's an
overarching framework in which the unbundling will take effect. But
I certainly have every optimism of starting out on the right foot
with the regulators in Georgia."
Catherine Land-Waters, who has been the acting utility president
since May, will continue her previous job as Atlanta Gas Light's
vice president of customer service.
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