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The new face of New Generation Power International: CEO Doyle Beneby

Doyle Beneby is former CEO and President of CPS Energy. (Photo: John Davenport, Staff / San Antonio Express-News)

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.

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“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]

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