The electric system Planning Authorities that formed the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) announced the election of Tim Ponseti, Vice President, Transmission Operations & Power Supply for the Tennessee Valley Authority, to be the Chairman of the EIPC Executive Committee for 2017.
Stephen Rourke, Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England, was elected to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee.
The EIPC is an organization formed by Eastern Interconnection Planning Authorities to perform interconnection-wide transmission analysis. The EIPC has successfully completed a U.S. Department of Energy-funded analysis of the electric transmission system in eastern North America looking 20 years into the future, as well as an analysis of the interface between the electric transmission system and the natural gas delivery system.
The EIPC also develops transmission system models of combined regional transmission plans and performs scenario analysis on those combined models to identify stress points on the system and identify gaps in the combined plans. The Executive Committee provides strategic leadership to EIPC’s continuing studies.
“I look forward to 2017 and the opportunity to continue EIPC’s leadership as a resource for planning analyses and information on the Eastern Interconnection,” said Ponseti. “The EIPC is a valuable platform for Planning Coordinators to work with the Department of Energy, state regulators, and the broader stakeholder community on issues facing the interconnection.”
Ponseti is currently the Vice President of Transmission Operations & Power Supply (TOPS) for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Ponseti began his career with Louisiana Power & Light Co, a subsidiary of Entergy. Over the next 18 years, Ponseti held a variety of positions in Entergy’s operations, planning, major accounts, and customer service departments. From 1997–2003 he served as the site manager for Entergy’s System Operations Center. He joined TVA in 2003 as the General Manager of Transmission Policy, and later held a variety of senior positions in transmission operations and system planning before becoming the VP of TOPS in 2013. Over the past 13 years, Ponseti has served on numerous SERC Reliability Corporation and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) committees, including chair of the 2 SERC Engineering Committee from 2006-2008 and as a member of the original NERC Functional Model team. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the SERC Reliability Corporation Board of Directors and a member of the NERC MRC.
Rourke has served as Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England since 2006, having previously served as the company’s Director, Reliability & Operations Services. A former manager of the Rhode Island-Eastern Massachusetts-Vermont Energy Control center (REMVEC) in Westborough, MA, and former manager of marketing operations for Northeast Utilities/Select Energy in Berlin, CT, Rourke has over 35 years of experience in operation and planning of the New England bulk power system and operation and administration of the region’s wholesale power markets.