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Power System Studies Group

MS. ABBY SNOW
Power System Engineer

Ms. Snow is a 2010 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with a concentration in Power Systems. Ms. Snow is a registered Engineer-Intern in the state of Maine and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - Power & Energy Society. She is familiar with many engineering-based software programs including PSLF, MS Office software programs, PSS/E, AutoCAD and MATLAB. Specific area of study includes steady state analysis, load flow simulation and contingency analysis.

MR. ARMAND CATELLI, PE
Senior Power System Engineer

Mr. Catelli is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and Connecticut with over forty years of engineering experience in the electrical utility business in the Northeast region. He has conducted numerous studies on power factors, distribution voltage levels, reclosing, voltages, capacity emergency, and reliability. He has also written numerous technical publications and is a member of the IEEE. Mr. Catelli is a part of numerous task forces and councils in the Northeast responsible for improving stability, preventing voltage emergencies, and improving reliability.

MR. DAVID GREEN
Senior Power System Engineer

Mr. Green has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and has twenty one years of experience in power system planning and operation. He also has a significant background in operational studies for a major power system control center using transmission network security analysis programs that included state estimation, load flow, optimal power flow and contingency analysis. He has also been a NERC certified system operator and a licensed nuclear plant operator.

MR. GEORGE BARTOK, PE
Principal Power System Engineer, Connecticut Office

Mr. Bartok has over 40 years of experience in power system planning, operation, design, and protection, including 20 years managing the protection and controls engineering group in a large New England utility. Grouping this capacity, he was responsible for the specification, development, and implementation of all protection and control systems for transmission and substation facilities as well as all nuclear, fossil, and hydro generating plants.

MS. HEATHER ROBERTS, PE
Senior Power System Engineer

Ms. Roberts has performed and assisted on several transmission planning studies and also has five years of Semiconductor experience that includes UNIX and Windows operation systems as well as MATLAB, Maple V, Pro-Engineer 13, Cadence Tools and MS Office software programs. She is accomplished in leadership and communication skills.

MR. MICHAEL POULIN
Senior Power System Engineer

Mr. Poulin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and has experience with steady state, transient stability, and switching studies. He is proficient with PTI’s PSSE and GE’s PSLF load flow and stability power system simulation programs and with ATPDraw. He is also experienced with Visual Basic and C++ as basic programming languages .

MR. PAUL LERLEY, PE
Senior Power System Engineer

Mr. Lerley has forty-two (42) years of diverse experience including application engineering for relaying and excitation systems, engineering and test engineering in the private sector, engineering, operating, and planning in a U.S. power company and project management at Electricite de Strasbourg, France. In 1979, he obtained a Bachelors degree in Engineering Technology from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. He has been a Professional Engineer in Maine since 1982 and is a senior member of IEEE. Mr. Lerley has extensive experience in instrumentation and measurements and is fluent in Mathcad, ATP, Excel, Word, Access, Power Point, Visio, Aspen, and various image enhancing software applications. In addition, Mr. Lerley is an excellent communicator with good people skills, fluent in French and fond of preparing and presenting training programs.

MR. RAYNOLD PAINE
Power System Engineer

Mr. Paine is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He graduated in the top 15% of his class with an overall GPA of 3.7. Mr. Paine has significant experience in the field of Power Systems Studies. Recent work includes System Impact Study (SIS) for wind farms in Northern Maine, pump storage facilities, and combined cycle facilities as well as operational studies for regional system operators. Mr. Paine has also conducted NERC Assessment for a large Transmission Owner (TO) in the New England Bulk Power System.

MR. RICHARD TOWSLEY
Power System Engineer

Mr. Towsley has over thirty years of engineering experience in the electrical utility business primarily in Western Massachusetts. He also has extensive management experience including managing a Capital program of $20 to $25 million (lines and substations) that was focused on achieving the best system performance while incorporating safety, load growth and replacement of obsolete equipment. He has performed numerous engineering studies on cable ratings, load flow, line fuse coordination, and motor starts on various projects.

MR. RICKY CONANT, PE
Manager, Power Systems Studies

Mr. Conant has 25 years in the electric utility industry and seventeen years experience managing a technical staff of engineers, programmers, and a support staff of business analysts. In 1984, he earned his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and in 1985 he earned his Masters of Science in Electrical Power Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY. He began his engineering career with Central Maine Power Company in Augusta, ME and worked in engineering, planning, and operations for Maine’s largest investor owned utility. During this time he worked on substation and hydro plant automation projects, siting and licensing of new transmission and distribution facilities, and operation of the Maine bulk power system. In 1990, he became a registered Professional Engineer in Maine. In 2001, he joined E/PRO Consulting in Augusta and started a new business unit focusing on power system studies. While with E/PRO he worked for electric utilities throughout the country and the Independent System Operator of New England and New York. He directed, managed, and evaluated generator system impact studies as well as transient switching and dynamic simulation analyses of the high-voltage grid. In 2006, Rick formed RLC Engineering, LLC to focus on New England electric infrastructure planning and design for improved reliability. He was selected by Central Maine Power to perform all transmission planning and protection and control engineering design studies for the Maine Power Reliability Program. MPRP is a proposed electric transmission project awaiting approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission that is projected to invest $1.5 billion in Maine’s bulk power electric system for improved reliability and development of large scale renewable resources. His firm currently employs 25 individuals in four states.

MR. RYAN PARSONS, PE
Power System Engineer

Mr. Parsons is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Maine in Orono where he also earned an Engineering Entrepreneur minor. Mr. Parsons has had several years experience working both as a power system engineer and as an electrical substation engineer. His power system studies experience includes performing system impact studies to determine generation and transmission project requirements and reliability enhancements. He has developed technical reports documenting study results which included recommendations for power system upgrades to meet established criteria. Specific areas of study include steady state, stability, and short-circuit analyses. In addition to his power system studies experience, he has also performed conceptual and detailed design of 23kV through 345kV AIS and GIS substations and developed technical equipment specifications, construction specifications, project schedules and cost estimates. He is an experienced on-site project electrical inspector responsible for all technical design issues during substation construction. Mr. Parsons is proficient in AutoCad and Microstation programs used to design substations as well as the following Engineering-based software programs: PSS/E (load flow and dynamics modules), PSLF, Aspen OneLine, AutoCad, MicroStation, and WinIGS modeling software.

MR. RYAN WING, PE
Power System Engineer

Mr. Wing is a 2008 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with an Engineering Entrepreneurial minor. He is experienced with various engineering software, including PSS/E (load flow and dynamics modules) and PSLF. Mr. Wing is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maine.

MR. STEPHEN SMITH
Power System Engineer

Mr. Smith has twenty-four years of experience in the utility and power generation industry with specialization in system operations. He also has eight years of formal and informal operations experience ranging from regulatory procedure development to hands on system operations and auditing. Mr. Smith has an in-depth knowledge of bulk power system operations, including operating procedures, generation dispatch and transmission security, power flow and contingency analysis.

MS. TAMMY ROBERTS, PE
Senior Power System Engineer

Ms. Roberts has fourteen years of experience in power system planning and operation. She also has a significant background in operational studies for a major power system control center using transmission network security analysis programs that included state estimation, load flow, optimal power flow and contingency analysis.

MR. WAINE WHITTIER, PE
Principal Power System Engineer

Mr. Whittier has 39 years of utility management, planning and engineering experience. He is an expert at project planning and financial analysis. He has managed engineering groups responsible for planning, designing, and commissioning complex electrical systems. He is proficient at working with diverse teams ranging from construction crews to international consulting firms. He is a past member of the NPCC Reliability Coordinating Committee and has six years of international consulting experience. Mr. Whittier presented expert testimony on avoided costs, unit sale contracts and marginal transmission costs. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine and is active in professional and community organizations.

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