We hosted the September edition of our monthly webinar series yesterday. Kevin Harris, Senior Production Cost Engineer for ColumbiaGrid, provided an overview of their recent study on coal retirements in our region. If you missed the presentation you can view a recording below, or download a .pdf version of Kevin’s PowerPoint by clicking here.
About the Presenter:
Kevin Harris has over 28 years of experiences of analyzing the wholesale power market. He has extensive background in modeling the US wholesale market (ISO/RTO): which includes generation fleet, load forecasting, commodity prices and transmission system. Before joining ColumbiaGrid, he spent 11 years at Reliant Energy (GenOn) a merchant generator in Houston, Texas. During his tenure at GenOn, his work involved, project development, fuel budgeting, economic impact on merchant fleet due to changes in supply, transmission or market rules.
Since coming to ColumbiaGrid Kevin has been active in production cost modeling tasks at ColumbiaGrid and WECC. Currently, he leads the Economic Planning Studies Team at ColumbiaGrid, is the chair of the Hydro modeling work groups at WECC, vice-chair of the Data Work Group, and represents ColumbiaGrid at the WECC Technical Advisory Subcommittee.
Kevin received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Chico.
ColumbiaGrid is a non-profit membership corporation formed in 2006 to improve the operational efficiency, reliability, and planned expansion of the Pacific Northwest transmission grid. The corporation itself does not own transmission, but its members and the parties to its agreements own and operate an extensive network of transmission facilities.
ColumbiaGrid has substantive responsibilities for transmission planning, reliability, and other development services. These tasks are defined and funded through a series of “Functional Agreements” with members and other participants. Development of these agreements is carried out in a public process with broad participation.