Cal-ISO taps new grid chief

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The California Independent System Operator Corporation, commonly known as Cal-ISO, has restructured its leadership team and named a new grid chief. The moves were made to align its operations leadership team with initiatives contained in its Five-Year Strategic Plan, according to a press release. The changes follow the successful launch of the new ISO market and in preparation for the implementation of major clean power goals, the release states. Three ISO veterans and members of the company’s start-up team hold new positions. “A stable and reliable power grid is one of the cornerstones of our new green economy,” said ISO Vice President of Operations Jim Detmers. “Our new operations team is up to the tall task ahead as we integrate one of the largest portfolios of renewable power in the country.” • Director, System Operations Deborah Le Vine oversees grid and market operations in the control room as well as scheduling and outage coordination. • Director, Market Services Nancy Traweek leads market information, market data, analysis and resolution, energy measurement and settlements. • Director, Operations Process, Quality and Compliance Greg Van Pelt presides over operations training, operational performance process and procedures and operations compliance. • Director, Grid System Architecture and Renewable Integration Jim McIntosh provides operational oversight for renewable integration team and develops control room design for new headquarters. McIntosh joined the ISO in 2000. • Director, Reliability and Market Modeling Chetty Mamandur leads maintaining network models for reliability and market functions, oversees network applications and operations engineering functions. Mamandur joined the ISO in 2008 and was formerly Director, Grid Operation Development. Cal-ISO operates the state’s wholesale transmission grid, providing open and non-discriminatory access supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive planning efforts, according to the release. The ISO bulk power market allocates space on transmission lines, maintains operating reserves and matches supply with demand. Cal-ISO is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. To learn more, visit