REV is elated to announce that Gordon van Welie, President and CEO of ISO New England, will be joining us on the first day of REV2018, where he will serve as the conference’s first keynote speaker. Registration for the conference themed REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Faster, Together opened July 16th, with early-bird rates ending August 26th. In Gordon’s role, he oversees New England’s32,000-megawatt bulk power system, the multi-billion dollar wholesale electricity marketplace, and a robust system planning process designed to ensure the region’s long-term electricity needs. He has been the president and CEO since 2001.
New England’s resources are undergoing a dramatic transformation from oil, coal, and nuclear generation to natural gas, renewable energy, and distributed resources. Gordon has led a strategic initiative to keep system reliability intact and wholesale markets competitive while this shift occurs. Before ISO New England, Gordon was Vice President and General Manager of Power System Control for Siemens. Earlier in his career, he worked in various roles with the South African utility, Eskom. Gordon is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and industry groups including the Executive Committee of the U. S. National Committee of CIGRE, the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the ISO/RTO Council, and the IEEE Power & Engineering Society.
Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Gordon joins Friday’s previously announced keynote, Katherine Hamilton, chair of 38 North Solutions.