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Perspectives on Compliance: Insights from NERC, ISO-NE and ERCOT Leaders

This webinar is now available for on demand viewing.

This webinar was originally held on September 28, 2023, and is now available for on demand viewing. 
Duration: 1 Hour
Sponsor: TRC Companies

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Summary

Join us for an insightful webinar to help you navigate the complexities involved with NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) compliance. Esteemed executives from NERC, ISO-NE (Independent System Operator - New England), and ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) will bring their extensive expertise and first-hand experiences to the discussion. 

During this webinar, our panel of experts will provide a comprehensive overview of NERC's crucial role in ensuring the reliability, resilience, and security of the electric grid across North America. They will discuss the evolving challenges faced by the industry, the intricate relationship between NERC and two Independent System Operator/Regional Transmission Operator (ISO/RTO) entities:  ISO-NE and ERCOT, and the collaborative efforts required to maintain grid stability in their respective regions. 

Our NERC, ISO-NE and ERCOT executives will shed light on the practical implications of NERC standards and compliance requirements within their operational domains. They will discuss the specific challenges and unique perspectives faced by ISO-NE and ERCOT, providing valuable insights into the interplay between regional grid operations, market dynamics and regulatory frameworks.

Whether you are a utility professional, regulatory expert, or simply interested in the critical role of NERC, ISO-NE, and ERCOT in maintaining grid reliability and security, this webinar is a must-attend event. Join us as we explore the industry perspectives around NERC, learn from influential leaders in the field and gain valuable insights into the future of grid operations and compliance in North America.

Takeaways:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of NERC's crucial role in ensuring the reliability, resilience and security of the electric grid across North America as they work with regional entities like ERCOT and ISO New England on implementation strategies
  • Learn about the evolving challenges faced by the industry and the collaborative efforts required to maintain grid stability in different regions.
  • Discover the practical implications of NERC standards and compliance requirements within the operational domains of ISO-NE and ERCOT, and gain insights into the interplay between regional grid operations, market dynamics, and regulatory frameworks.

Speakers

Dan Woodfin
Vice President, System Operations
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
In this role, Mr. Woodfin leads Real-Time Operations, Operations Planning, Forecasting and Ancillary Services, Outage Coordination, and other engineering activities that support the reliable operation of the power system and promote efficient power markets.

Mr. Woodfin has over 30 years of experience in the electric power industry, including leadership positions in both system planning and system operations for ERCOT.  Prior to joining ERCOT in 2003, he led various generation and transmission planning activities at Central and Southwest Services, Reliant Energy, and West Texas Utilities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Transmission Forum and has served on various committees of NERC. He earned both a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Howard Gugel
Vice President, Compliance Assurance and Registration
North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Howard Gugel is the vice president of Compliance Assurance and Registration at NERC. In this role he is responsible directing programs and processes to monitor, review, and evaluate program effectiveness of Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) Enterprise implementation of risk-based compliance monitoring and adherence to the NERC Rules of Procedure, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program, and approved delegation agreements. He is also responsible for overseeing the ERO’s organization registration and certification process. 

In 2022, Mr. Gugel was appointed to the Department of Energy’s Electric Advisory Committee by the Secretary of Energy. He also serves on the North American Energy Standards Board. Mr. Gugel has more than 34 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including management experience in transmission planning, operations and energy marketing. He has worked for two investor-owned utilities, a rural electric cooperative, and an energy marketing firm.

Mr. Gugel earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Missouri.

John Pearson
Compliance Manager
Reliability and Operations Compliance
ISO New England

John is the Compliance Manager of the Reliability & Operations Compliance group at ISO New England (ISO-NE). He has been with the ISO for over 10 years and he works with other ISO-NE department subject matter experts in operations and planning to identify, monitor, and mitigate reliability compliance risks. Additionally, he maintains awareness of NERC standards in development and regulatory agency actions as well as identifies and implements improvements to the tools, process and resources used to ensure regulatory and corporate compliance. 

Prior to joining ISO New England, he worked in utility generation and transmission engineering and interfaced with the ISO as part of that employment. 

John has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Western New England College and a Master of Science in Power Systems Management from Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

Moderator

Roderick Kalbfleisch
Director Utility Solutions - Southeast Region
TRC Companies

Rod is currently the Director of Utility Solutions at TRC for the Southeast region. He resides in Davenport FL. Prior to joining TRC, he managed teams for over 37 years in a wide range of areas within the utility industry. Areas of expertise include T&D Substation Engineering; Protection & Controls; Substation Technical Engineering; Telecommunications Engineering; Distribution System Engineering, Distributed Resources; Construction Engineering; Civil Engineering; Meter Engineering; Geographic Information System and System Resiliency. 

He also had extensive experience at managing major storm events and was the Planning Chief for Connecticut for 15 years.

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