President Obama Monday announced his intent to tap FERC Commissioner Phillip D. Moeller for another term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Moeller, a Republican, has served on the Commission since July 2006 (see Daily GPI, July 17, 2006). He assumed the seat of former FERC Chairman Pat Wood. His current term expires on June 30. Prior to coming to FERC, Moeller was executive director of the Washington office for Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy Corp. He was an energy policy advisor to former Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA) before his stint at Alliant, and had been a staff coordinator for the Washington State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications. He was born in Chicago and raised on a ranch near Spokane, WA. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University.

The California Natural Gas Vehicles Association has named a new president, Tim Carmichael, a former executive director of the Coalition for Clean Air, to lead its efforts to promote natural gas vehicles (NGV). He takes over for longtime state NGV association legislative consultant Pete Price, who had been serving as interim executive director.

Xcel Energy named Kent Larson vice president and chief energy supply officer, effective March 31. Larson, currently vice president, transmission and operating services, will take over the energy supply business group spread over eight Midwest and western states, including renewable energy facilities and a fleet of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants throughout its operating regions. Larson replaces David Wilks, who is retiring. Larson joined Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, now an Xcel Energy operating company, in 1982 and has held various positions in engineering, operations, sales and regional management.

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