SAN DIEGO – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation had its first Board of Trustees meeting of 2017 in San Diego on February 9. Opening remarks were made by Patricia Hoffman, acting assistant secretary, Department of Energy; Murray Doehler, chair of CAMPUT; and Scott Drury, president of San Diego Gas and Electric.
Outgoing Board Chair Fred Gorbet reflected on the accomplishments during the past four years of his tenure, saying his takeaway is simple: there is no challenge too great to be successfully solved when the talent, experience and skills of the industry are considered.
Gorbet highlighted the successful movement of the ERO to a risk-based organization, saying this was a critical change because it allowed the ERO and industry to focus resources on more serious issues; requires fact-based and evidence-driven activity with more analytics; and requires industry to be forward-looking in order to handle issues before they become reality.
New Chair Roy Thilly welcomed attendees and praised the work of NERC, the Regions and industry and encouraged everyone to continue working on improving and building upon our successes. One way to do this, he added, is by developing a five-to-10 year strategic plan that will provide a long-term framework.