EPSA Names Snitchler as next President, CEO
The Electric Power Supply Association board of directors Wednesday unanimously elected Todd Snitchler as the organization’s next president and CEO. Snitchler will join the company on June 1 for a transitional period before officially beginning his duties July 1.
Snitchler was recently the vice president of market development at the American Petroleum Institute. Prior to that, Snitchler was in private law practice in Ohio. He is also a former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and a former member of the Ohio General Assembly.
He replaces CEO John Shelk, who has served in the role since 2005.
GE Cedes French Offshore Wind Projects to Siemens Gamesa
General Electric Renewable Energy has ceded the rights to supply turbines for two French offshore wind farms potentially totaling nearly 1 GW to its rival Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
GE said it is giving up its status as exclusive supplier to three offshore wind farms being developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF) because delays since 2012 had “significantly impacted the financial characteristics of those projects.”
The company said it remains committed to supplying its 6-MW Haliade 150 turbines to the first EMF project to clear longstanding authorization hurdles. EMF meanwhile confirmed it had selected Siemens to supply turbines “of similar dimensions” to the two remaining projects.
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Verizon Pledges to Go Carbon-neutral by 2035
Verizon announced Monday it will go carbon-neutral by 2035 for both its direct emissions and those from the purchase of energy.
To achieve its target, Verizon will need to significantly raise its current goal of 50% renewables by 2025. The wireless company also has a long way to go to reach that target: According to Jim Gowen, the company’s chief of sustainability, on-site renewable generation now makes up less than 3% of the company’s consumption.
Though Gowen declined to offer specific details about the company’s coming clean energy commitments, he said more “significant” announcements are to come in the next year. But according to the company, because its 50%-by-2025 goal encompasses Verizon’s entire operation — both its wireless and wireline businesses — the target “will allow us to more than cover 100% of Verizon Wireless’ consumption.”
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