The Pennsylvania Senate this week confirmed Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's former energy adviser, David Sweet, to serve on the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) 49-0. Wolf nominated Sweet to the commissioner's seat in May. He joined Wolf's administration in April 2015 to focus on energy and economic development issues. It's unclear whether Wolf intends to replace Sweet. "David's extensive background in economic development and finance will lend itself well to the commission's work and its mission, balancing the needs of consumers and utilities," said PUC Chairwoman Gladys Brown.
The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has appointed Keith M. Meyer president following a five-month search to replace Dan Fauske, who resigned. Meyer has more than 35 years of industry experience, including 15 years focused on liquefied natural gas (LNG) initiatives. He has managed the development of large-scale infrastructure projects spanning four continents to include LNG terminals, natural gas pipelines, power plants, gas liquids plants, storage, and gas separation projects. He joins AGDC from LNG America, an energy logistics company he founded in 2008 to provide end-to-end LNG distribution solutions to increase the use of LNG as a fuel source within the marine, transportation and other high-horsepower industries. Meyer was previously president of Cheniere LNG where he oversaw the development of the Sabine Pass receiving terminal in Louisiana. He has also worked for CMS Energy Inc. and ANR Pipeline Co. Meyer takes the helm of AGDC following the state of Alaska's $65 million acquisition of TransCanada Corp.'s interest in the Alaska LNG project (see Daily GPI, Nov. 5, 2015). AGDC holds the state's 25% interest in the 20 million tonne per annum LNG export project, which is completing a $400 million preliminary front-end engineering design phase this year.