ERCOT, ISO-NE, and NYISO Announce Executive Appointments
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 1970. 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 General Counsel Bill Magness takes the reins next month. Magness has worked in the energy industry since 1992 and at ERCOT since 2010.