Most of the talk about energy on Beacon Hill has focused on solar power and Canadian hydro. But judging from a field trip to Denmark that legislators took this month, proponents of offshore wind are determined not to be left out in the cold. The main goal: to show off the country’s offshore wind turbines and manufacturing operations. The trip’s $38,000 cost was funded through the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, a project at the University of Delaware that’s backed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and other foundations.
The delegation included Democratic Representative Patricia Haddad, a top lieutenant of House Speaker Robert DeLeo and offshore wind’s most prominent backer in the House of Representatives. Haddad is pushing a wide-ranging energy bill that includes a provision that would prompt Eversource Energy and National Grid to enter into long-term contracts with offshore wind farm developers.
Haddad watched one coal-fired power plant close in her hometown of Somerset and is preparing for the other one to close in 2017. She sees offshore wind as a way to replace some of the lost jobs.
Other lawmakers who joined Haddad on the three-day tour included senators Karen Spilka, Mark Montigny, and Marc Pacheco and representatives Ron Mariano, Jim O’Day, Tom Golden, and Sarah Peake.
Insurance coverage that’s fit for a pope
A papal visit is part Super Bowl, part diplomatic tour — and no easy event to insure.
The Boston insurance brokerage Risk Strategies Co. was tapped to create the comprehensive policy to insure Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia this week, on behalf of the host committee and the city’s diocese.
A Risk Strategies’ subsidiary, DeWitt Stern, has developed insurance plans for Broadway plays and football games.
But Pope Francis’s visit posed unique challenges, said LeConte Moore, the managing director of DeWitt Stern.
Since the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago, insurance companies have been reluctant to cover such large, open events, which could be potential terrorism targets, Moore said.
“They run for the hills,” he said.
But Moore, along with Curtis & Porter LLC, the Philadelphia archdiocese’s day-to-day insurance broker, convinced insurers that security for the pope would be tighter than at most large events, with agencies such as the FBI providing staff.
Connecticut-based W. R. Berkley Corp., which insures the Super Bowl, eventually signed on as the lead insurer for the pope’s two-day Philadelphia trip.
The total policy covers not only the big liabilities, such as terrorism, but the smaller risks, such as potential damage to the lectern that Pope Francis will use when he speaks at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
The simple, walnut lectern is no ordinary stand: President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in front of it, Moore said.
Staying put in Virginia
When Kristen Cavallo was recruited to return to Mullen in 2011 to be the Boston advertising agency’s chief strategy officer, she was living with her family in Richmond, but eventually planned to move back to the Boston area when her kids were older.
She continued to balance her work days between Boston and Virginia, even after she was named president of the agency’s Boston office last year.
But Cavallo’s coworkers at the agency, which is now known asMullen Lowe, learned this month that she won’t be heading north, after all.
Instead, she has decided to step down from the president’s job so she can spend more time with her family in Richmond.
She’ll shift to a different role within Mullen that will focus on client relations and talent development.
“A situation developed on a personal front which prevents her from moving,” spokesman David Swaebe said.
A search has already begun for a new president of Mullen Lowe’s Boston office, where about 450 people work. Swaebe said Mullen Lowe officials hope to find a replacement for Cavallo by the end of October.
Lee Newman, Mullen Lowe’s US chief executive, and Cavallo broke the news to workers at a staff meeting two days after Labor Day.
A new voice for nonprofits
Like many people fresh out of college, Jim Klocke (“rhymes with hockey,” he likes to say) took a while to find his path.
After graduating from Notre Dame in 1982, he worked on Gary Hart’s presidential campaign, attended a year of law school, got a degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, worked for the Dukakis administration, and ran unsuccessfully for Boston City Council.
Then, in 1992, he landed a gig at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce — and stayed put for the next two decades, most recently as an executive vice president.
“Anybody who knew me in my 20s wouldn’t have guessed I’d stay in my job for 2.3 years, let alone 23 years,” Klocke jokes.
Now his long streak is coming to an end: Klocke, 54, has been named chief executive of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, an umbrella group for the state’s roughly 34,000 not-for-profit organizations.
He begins Oct. 13.
A Wellesley resident, Klocke succeeds Rick Jakious, who left to become district director for US Representative Seth Moulton. Klocke’s departure comes shortly after the chamber got a new president and CEO, James Rooney, former director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.
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