Connection is our Power
Zoom link for the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92384599608
Utilities are resourceful, creative, and tenacious. We work together to keep the power system humming and serve our customers and communities. And at PNUCC, we continue to Bring the Power of Good Ideas Together.
At this year’s Annual Meeting, you will be able to connect with your PNUCC colleagues online to talk, listen and learn from each other; and we’ll keep growing these connections as we engage with our invited guests to celebrate these powerful connections.
We are thrilled to have Paul Krismer join us to bring his practical business expertise along with his passion as a Certified Executive Coach to the PNUCC Annual Meeting. With 20 years of experience as a leader of leaders, Paul will use data grounded in science to take us to the next level in achieving corporate and personal excellence. He will inspire us to shift perspectives by stepping beyond the limitations of management with skills for engaging employees, cultivating high-performance teams and planning for succession. Chris Kleeven, Fortis BC says, “Paul is funny, energetic and relevant.”
Our esteemed panel of experts includes: Jim Robb, President and CEO of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Tracey LeBeau, Administrator and CEO of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), along with PNUCC Board Nidhi Thakar, Portland General Electric to discuss the power of a well-connected, reliable, and resilient electric grid.
Before being named Administrator and CEO, LeBeau stood up and managed WAPA’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. Her broad experience in energy development, public-private partnerships, business and organizational start-ups and reorganizations, utility operations, federal policy, and energy finance places her in a unique position to provide perspective and insight into the work that lies ahead as the West continues to explore what’s next for the region.
As one of the DOE’s four federal utilities, WAPA delivers federal hydropower from 57 hydroelectric plants to nearly 700 wholesale customers across its 15-state, 1.4 million-square-mile footprint.
After serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council for 4.5 years, Robb was named President and CEO of NERC in April of 2018. Their mission is to assure the reliability and security of the bulk power system in North America. Familiar with the Western interconnect, Robb will underscore the value of strengthening the system and opine on the benefits of the reliability and transmission.
NERC’s area of responsibility spans the continental United States, Canada, and northern portion of Baja California, Mexico and their jurisdiction includes users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system, which serves more than 334 million people.
Thakar joined Portland General Electric in 2020 as Director of Resource and Regulatory Strategy and Engagement, where she leads cross-functional efforts to advance the company’s priorities related to rapid decarbonization and electrification, resiliency and reliability, business model innovation, and customer products.
Prior to her role at Portland General, she served in the administration of California Governor Brown as Chief of Strategy and External Affairs to President Michael Picker of the California Public Utilities Commission. Thakar also previously served in the Obama administration as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, where she was part of the executive team responsible for managing a $32 billion portfolio of loans and loan guarantees and for financing innovative, clean energy and advanced vehicle technologies.