The new face of New Generation Power International: CEO Doyle Beneby
The Chicago-based renewable energy developer New Generation Power International (NGPI) has named Doyle N. Beneby, Jr. as its chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1.
Since August 2010, Beneby, 56, has been CEO and President of CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, which is one of the largest municipally-owned electric and gas utility companies in the U.S.
“Doyle brings deep energy industry experience and knowledge that will take NGPI to the next level,” said Chairman Chirinjeev Kathuria, who founded NGPI in 2009, in a statement. “He is well-respected within the energy industry, especially for his dedication to spreading the benefits of renewable energy to serve electricity consumers– and that is our mission here.”
NGPI is a growing international clean-tech leader investing often in partnership with local developers in a wide spectrum of natural resources-related projects, including solar, wind, geothermal heat, biomass and hydro.
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The company’s vision is to provide clean, reliable power generation in an efficient way to global markets. It has a diversified renewable energy portfolio that includes wind, solar, hydro power, biomass, geothermal and waste-to-energy assets.
“Chirinjeev Kathuria and NGPI demonstrate the power and potential of renewable energy in all of its forms, and the contribution it is making in the areas of the world that need it most,” said Beneby in a statement. “I have seen the difference that clean-energy sources make, and I am eager to help the company continue to grow around the world.”
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Previously, Beneby held leadership roles at Florida Power & Light Co., Consumers Energy Co., PECO Energy, ComEd and Exelon Power, where he served as president. He has been an independent director of Capital Power Corp. since April 2012.
As Beneby’s departure nears, its board of trustees is “working diligently to prepare a process for both interim leadership and permanent succession,” the utility said in a statement.
Beneby, who has pushed CPS toward using cleaner energy sources, announced on Aug. 11 that he would resign effective Sept. 30. Beneby holds a B.S. in Engineering from Montana Technical College and M.B.A. from the University of Miami.
[SOURCE: Business Wire]
Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab
Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.
The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.
Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.
Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.
Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.
Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.
"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.
The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.