Pioneer in power distribution system planning, cost minimization and asset management joins KEMA

Lee Willis Key Team Member Leveraging Firm’s International T&D Expertise in North America

BURLINGTON, Mass., August 13, 2004 — H. Lee Willis has joined KEMA’s T&D consulting practice as Vice President of Utility Systems and Asset Management. Willis is an internationally recognized pioneer in power distribution system planning, cost minimization and asset management.

KEMA’s T&D consulting practice continues to expand in the North American market, meeting the increasing utility industry demand for T&D technical and management support services. Willis will be a key member of KEMA’s growing team of T&D experts, who provide advice, consulting, and support to electric utilities on delivery system planning, reliability, and asset management.

Willis developed a number of engineering and planning methods that are now standard best practice among utilities around the world. During his over thirty-year career he has performed and supervised more than 400 power utility T&D system planning and business-case studies for systems on all seven continents (including Antarctica), specializing in “high impact” and strategic studies that are linked to utility bottom-line results.

Prior to joining KEMA, Willis was Vice President and Chief Engineer in ABB’s Consulting group, where he provided executive-level consulting and asset management support to electric utilities around the world. He was with Westinghouse Electric from 1980 to 1991, serving as a Consulting Engineer in its Advanced Systems group, a Manager in its High-Voltage Test Laboratory, and Manager of its T&D Software and Services group. He also held diverse positions with Houston Lighting and Power in the early 1970s including district protection engineer, senior distribution planning engineer, and Supervisor of Transmission System Planning.

Willis is the author or co-author of more than 300 articles in key industry publications and conference proceedings along with 54 papers in reviewed technical journals, and has published eight books, including the Power Distribution Planning Reference Book (now in its second edition), Distributed Power Generation – Planning and Evaluation, and Aging Power Delivery Infrastructures. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and former Chairman of its Power Engineering Planning and Implementation Committee, and is currently serving a second three-year term as the power systems expert on the US National Research Council.

Willis will be based in the KEMA Raleigh, North Carolina office. He can be reached at 919.256.0839 ext. 107, or .

About KEMA’s T&D consulting practice

KEMA is recognized worldwide for its transmission and distribution technical consulting and asset management services. As the industry’s most experienced and independent technology and asset management consulting firm, KEMA offers a wide range of expertise focused on helping utilities design, extend and maintain T&D infrastructure efficiently and cost-effectively.

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