New regulatory policies driven by the public are impacting operations and planning of the bulk electric transmission system and electricity market. I am empowered and driven to figure out the most reliable and cost-effective solutions to those complex challenges.
Kenneth "Ken" Wei joined GE Energy Consulting Power Economics in 2017 as a Principal Engineer, with over 16 years of experience in the energy industry. In his current role, Ken develops energy market and transmission models in North and South America, performs power system economic production-cost analysis using GE-PSLF and GE-MAPS, and provides consulting services evaluating public policy and power market impacts.
Prior to joining GE, Ken held positions as a Senior Planning Engineer and Operations Engineer at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) with experience in Operations and System and Resource Planning. As a Senior Planning Engineer, he led compliance studies in accordance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC), and New York State Reliability Council (NYSRC) criteria in areas of power-flow studies for AC contingency analysis, and transfer limit and transmission security analysis (thermal and voltage) using Siemens PSS/e, Siemens MUST, and PowerGEM TARA software.
As part of the FERC Order 1000 process, Ken led key transmission security studies in New York State Public Service Commission (NYSRC) proceedings leading to and including NYISO’s inaugural Public Policy Transmission Planning Process in 2014, the leading mechanism to build new transmission in New York state for the first time in over 30 years. As a NYISO representative, he performed thermal and voltage contingency analysis and transfer limit analysis working with many regions in the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) as well as several New York Transmission Owners during NY State Transmission Assessment and Reliability Study (STARS), one of the precursors to an identified NYISO Public Policy Transmission Need. He has performed many New York nuclear and coal retirement scenarios to evaluate reliability impact.
As an Operations Engineer, Ken was responsible for tracking and investigating NYISO and NPCC reliability events in compliance with NERC, NPCC, and NYSRC Operations Standards. He was part of the August 14, 2003 blackout event analysis team and in 2007 developed the proposed extension of the New York state backbone blackout restoration plan into New York City.
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology