PennWell’s TransmissionHub will host its fifth annual TransForum Westevent on June 28-29 in Denver, Colo. Below, TransmissionHub presents a preview of two sessions to take place on June 28.
A panel on executive perspectives, will feature three speakers: Jason Minalga, director – U.S. Regulated Grid Development, ITC Holdings(NYSE:ITC); Lynn Chapman Greene, CEO, Lucky Corridor LLC; and Joel Bladow, vice president – Transmission, Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
That panel will address matters that are driving transmission development today, such as upgrading aging infrastructure, ensuring reliability and integrating renewable energy resources.
In his role at ITC, Minalga is responsible for identifying partnerships and strategic business alliances with transmission owners and other entities, transmission asset acquisition opportunities, as well as opportunities to develop regulated electric transmission infrastructure within U.S. RTOs.
Greene, since 2009, has focused on managing the merchant transmission projects owned by Lucky Corridor, which serve energy resources in northern New Mexico. Before founding the company in 2007, Greene was a partner and chair of the Energy Group at the Denver law firm, Moye White LLP. Lucky Corridor, a FERC-regulated, transmission-only utility that can develop, build, own and operate electric transmission facilities, is developing about 230 miles of transmission designed to serve New Mexico energy resources.
In his role at Tri-State, Bladow is responsible for all transmission-related functional areas. He also serves on numerous industry boards, including the Western States Power Corporation and the Midwest Electric Consumers Association. Furthermore, he serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Power Delivery and Utilization Sector Council.
Also on June 28, Thomas Carr, the staff attorney and economist for the Western Interstate Energy Board, will deliver a presentation on planning for a reliable Western transmission grid.
Carr works on behalf of western states and provinces on transmission planning, as well as analyzing future development of renewable energy. Carr helped design scenarios and implement studies about increased renewable generation, coal plant retirements, increased distributed generation, and the Clean Power Plan by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.