The latest job change announcements in the electric power and clean tech sectors.

American Electric Power named Stacey Burbure as VP, FERC and RTO strategy and policy. She replaces Amanda Conner, who now serves as chief of staff to Julie Sloat, AEP’s president and CEO. Burbure most recently was senior counsel, transmission policy and rates. Prior to joining AEP in 2019, Burbure served as senior counsel, focusing on transmission issues, for an investor-owned utility. Earlier, she was senior counsel to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her law degree from George Washington University Law School.  The utility also named Emily J. Duncan as SVP, federal affairs. Duncan is currently VP of government relations for National Grid. She replaces Tony Kavanagh who will retire after more than 31 years with the company. Before joining National Grid in 2015, Duncan worked for the Solar Energy Industries Association. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from Duke University.

Altus Power named Sophia Lee as its chief sustainability officer, in addition to her current role as the company’s chief legal officer. Lee joined the company in 2021 and has a Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Oglethorpe Power named Jeff Swartz as SVP, plant operations, reporting to EVP and COO David Sorrick. Swartz succeeds Jim Messersmith who retired after more than 31 years of service. Swartz previously was with New Fortress Energy. He has also held executive operations and management positions with Duke Energy. Swartz holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy with engineering experience in nuclear power.

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy said that Allison Hull, director of federal government affairs at Sempra was elected chair of its board of directors. She succeeds National Grid US VP of government relations Emily Duncan. Hull has served as vice chair since 2016 and has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry as a government relations professional and attorney. 

Vistra named Julie Lagacy as independent director to its board of directors. She will serve on the board’s Sustainability & Risk Committee and the Social Responsibility & Compensation Committee. Lagacy most recently served as Caterpillar’s first chief sustainability and strategy officer. 

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