Ciesiel named SPP RE general manager

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) RE Trustees announced that Ron Ciesiel has been named General Manager of the SPP RE effective August 1.

Ciesiel, who is the SPP RE Executive Director of Compliance and Acting General Manager, replaces Stacy Dochoda who left May 1 to become President and CEO of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) in Tampa, Florida.

“After an extensive search and interview process, the trustees believe we have found the right person to provide the leadership we expect for the RE,” said Chairman John Meyer.

Ciesiel has worked 34 years in the electric utility industry including 20 years for Gulf States Utilities in various technical capacities, and nine years with SPP. He has been part of the SPP RE for the last five years. Ciesiel has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, a master’s in business administration from Lamar University, and a law degree from the University of Louisville.

“I appreciate the opportunity to lead the RE staff,” Ciesiel said. “It is a group of very talented, dedicated professionals who are clearly focused on meeting the three strategic objectives of effectively performing NERC-delegated functions, creating member and Registered Entity value, and enhancing reliability and critical infrastructure protection.”