Business Briefs

By Biomass Magazine staff | January 02, 2018

Bogers named B&W Vølund managing director
Effective Jan. 2, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. appointed Koen W. Bogers as managing director of its Denmark-based renewable energy subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund.

Bogers most recently served as senior executive vice president of Siemens Building Technologies’ Middle East division, in Dubai. Before assuming his current role in 2015, he joined Siemens in 1996, serving in positions including project management in the power generation and oil and gas divisions, and  managing director positions in the industry solutions and building technologies divisions of Siemens Netherlands.

Bogers holds master’s degrees in business economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and electrical engineering from the Technical University Delft. He will be based in B&W Vølund’s Glostrup, Denmark, office, near Copenhagen. 

RNG Coalition adds four staff members   
The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added four senior government affairs and biofuels policy experts to run its Washington, D.C., operations.

Manning Feraci joins the RNG Coalition as director of federal government affairs, bringing more than 20 years of experience navigating a myriad of tax, energy, trade and agriculture issues through the federal legislative and regulatory process. He has an extensive background in biofuels policy, and previously led the federal affairs operation for the Solar Energy Industries Association. Feraci served over a decade on Capitol Hill as a legislative director and chief of staff for a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Anne Steckel joins the RNG Coalition as director of federal legislative affairs. She has over 20 years of Washington, D.C., experience, working on legislative, regulatory, advocacy, policy and political issues on and off Capitol Hill. Most recently, she was the vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. She previously held senior government relations positions with the American Farm Bureau Federation and Growth Energy, and was a chief of staff for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Larry Schafer joins the RNG Coalition as director of federal policy. He is one of the nation’s preeminent experts on federal biofuels policy, and has extensive experience providing clients and trade associations with guidance on technical, legislative and regulatory matters relating to renewable fuels, energy, agriculture, tax and trade. He previously served as vice president of federal affairs for the Renewable Fuels Association, and vice president of legal, tax and accounting policy with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Schafer also served as legislative counsel to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sandra Franco joins the RNG Coalition as director of federal regulatory affairs. She has advised clients on administrative, regulatory and litigation matters under several federal environmental laws, including numerous U.S. EPA and federal agency rule-making proceedings. She has worked on Renewable Fuel Standard matters since the program’s inception, including successfully defending full implementation of the RFS before the D.C. Circuit. She was director of regulatory affairs and general counsel for the National Biodiesel Board, and spent time as a partner at a major international law firm.

Renou joins FPInnovations as CEO
FPInnovations has appointed Stéphane Renou as president and CEO.

A native of Montréal, Renou has a number of degrees from Université de Sherbrooke, as well as Polytechnique Montréal, where he went on to complete a master's degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering. In 2015, he earned an MBA in innovation management from the University of Colorado. 

In 2000, Renou moved to the U.S. to join General Electric's research center, where he headed a number of divisions at various locations. Within his various responsibilities, he led teams in both the GE Aviation and Oil & Gas divisions. Most recently, he was the leader of industrial outcomes optimization at GE Global Research.

Renou assumed his new role on Dec. 14, successor to Pierre Lapointe, who held the position since December 2008.