SUEZ Energy North America Announces Executive Appointments in New Renewable Energy Business Division

    HOUSTON, Oct. 31 /CNW/ -- Paul J. Cavicchi has been appointed president
and chief executive officer of SUEZ Energy North America's (SENA's) new
renewable energy business division. The SUEZ Renewable Energy North America
(SRENA) division is responsible for all renewable energy initiatives in North
America, including wind, hydro, biomass, and solar energy projects. Among its
activities, the division now manages the third largest biomass portfolio in
the United States and the Canadian wind power operator and developer Ventus
Energy Inc., acquired by a SENA affiliate last month.
    Cavicchi has been with SENA and its predecessor company since 1991. He
most recently served as executive vice president of Business Development for
SENA, and prior to that as president and chief executive officer for SUEZ
Energy Generation NA, Inc.
    Cavicchi's Business Development experience includes project acquisition
and the greenfield development of more than $3 billion in power and LNG
assets. While at SUEZ Energy Generation NA, Cavicchi was responsible for
operations and asset management of a 51-project portfolio exceeding 5,500 MW.
    John Douglas, the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of
Ventus Energy Inc. and newly appointed chief operating officer of wind
development for SRENA, will report to Cavicchi and be responsible for
optimizing and expanding SRENA's Canadian portfolio of 25 wind energy
development projects in six provinces in eastern Canada and for SRENA's U.S.
wind development.
    "SUEZ Energy North America understands the increasingly important role
renewables will play in the future of North American energy supply and is
committed to expanding and developing its renewable energy assets," said Zin
Smati, president and chief executive officer for SUEZ Energy North America.
"Paul has the experience and commitment necessary to drive the achievement of
SRENA's aggressive growth goals. Similarly, John Douglas brings a
comprehensive understanding of wind energy and its business and operating
environments to his new position, which will ensure that we advance quickly
within this arena."
    Worldwide, SUEZ continues to demonstrate its respect for the environment,
and was recently included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership index, a
prestigious honor roll for global corporations addressing the challenges of
climate change.
    About SUEZ Energy North America
    Based in Houston, SUEZ Energy North America, Inc. is the business unit of
SUEZ Energy International responsible for managing SUEZ's positions within the
energy value chain in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, including
electricity generation and cogeneration, natural gas and liquefied natural gas
(LNG), asset-based trading and origination, and retail energy sales and
related services to commercial and industrial customers.
    SUEZ Energy North America owns and/or operates a total of 47 power,
cogeneration, steam, and chilled-water facilities, including those in
construction, representing a capacity of more than 5,713 MW of electricity
generation, 6.1 million pounds per hour of steam, and 42,649 tons per hour of
chilled water. SUEZ Energy North America's wholly owned subsidiary, Distrigas
of Massachusetts, owns and operates a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal
in Everett, Mass., which began operations in 1971 and currently serves most of
the gas utilities in New England and key power producers, meeting
approximately 20 percent of New England's annual gas demand. In addition, SUEZ
Energy North America has two LNG deepwater port projects under development off
the coasts of Massachusetts and Florida.
    SUEZ Energy International is a business line of SUEZ, which is an
international industrial and services Group that employs 140,000 people
    For more information about these companies and their activities, please
visit the following Web sites:
    SUEZ Energy Internacional:
    SUEZ Energy North America:

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For further information: Julie Vitek of SUEZ Energy North America, 
+1-617-526-8334, Web Site:                

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