New head of regional power grid will face dramatic industry shift from coal to natural gas
The person taking over the regional grid operator that includes Ohio has a lot on his plate.
PJM Interconnection named Andy Ott on Wednesday as its new president, replacing Terry Boston, who ran PJM for eight years.
The independent group is in charge of electricity transmission in Ohio and 12 other states, plus Washington D.C. It is important, especially as the power market continues a wholesale shift away from coal.
It’s that shift from coal to natural gas and other forms of power that is one of the biggest issues facing the regional transmission operator, Ott said.
“We have an industry in transition,” Ott said Thursday, according to RTO Insider. “We’re seeing a tremendous amount of coal resources retiring.”