The powers that be are changing at ERCOT, ISO-NE, and NYISO. Within the past week the three regional operators – with responsibility for the wholesale energy markets in Texas, New England, and New York, respectively – have announced personnel changes at the executive level.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has named Kenan Ögelman, director of Energy Market Policy for San Antonio-based utility CPS Energy, to the post of vice president of Commercial Operations. Ögelman also has been involved in the ERCOT market since it began in 1996. He previously chaired ERCOT’s Technical Advisory Committee and served as a senior economist for the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel, which represents residential electric consumers in Texas. He currently is president of the Gulf Coast Power Association and has taught economics at the University of Texas at Arlington and St. Edwards University.
The New York Independent System Operator (NY-ISO) also announced that ERCOT Chief Operating Officer Brad Jones will become its CEO, effective October 12. Jones will replace Stephen Whitley, who has served the NYISO since 2008 an announced his retirement earlier this year. Jones has 29 years of wide-ranging energy industry experience, including grid operations, power plant operations, generation development, project finance, wholesale and retail market design, and regulatory and legislative affairs. He has been with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) since 2013.
ERCOT has named Chief of Staff Jeyant Tamby to serve as Interim Chief Operating Officer until until Jones’ successor is named and begins serving in that role.
Finally, ISO New England (ISO-NE) announced on September 17 that current board members Kathleen Abernathy, Roberta Brown, and Board Chair Philip Shapiro have been re-elected to the ISO Board of Directors, effective October 1.
As a regional transmission organization, ISO New England elects its board members through a nominating process that involves representatives from the ISO New England Board of Directors, the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), and the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners. This year’s election represents the eleventh year of this collaborative selection process. Kathleen Abernathy joined the Board in 2012. Roberta Brown joined in 2007, while Phil Shapiro joined in 2010 and was elected chairman in 2014.