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EPE Appoints Ken Donohoo as Director

EPE Appoints Ken Donohoo as Director Leading T&D & ISO Related Projects

Ken Donohoo, Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) is pleased to announce and welcome Ken Donohoo, P.E. as a company Director, leading aggressive growth in power systems consulting services.  Ken will be particularly focused on utility (T&D) and independent system operator (ISO) related system planning, operations and grid modernization projects.

 

Ken comes with more than 35 years of experience leading teams and power systems planning/implementation.  Recently serving as Director, Assets Planning, Distribution and Transmission at Oncor Electric Delivery Co LLC.  Prior to Oncor, Ken worked at ERCOT assisting with planning, generation interconnect and wholesale and retail markets.

 

“I am thrilled to be part of the excellent EPE team.  My entire career has been spent helping customers and stakeholders.”

 

Hala N. Ballouz,  President and CEO, stated “We are very excited to welcome Ken to our team.  With Ken’s extensive experience/exposure, coupled with EPE’s long history of excellence in consultancy, we are in a great position to provide utilities with an encompassing array of engineering and consulting services.   This all comes at a great time of aggressive growth and development at EPE”

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To ensure the deliverability of excellence of engineering and consulting services to our clients, EPE continuously focuses on talent development and acquisition. Over the span of previous 2 fiscal quarters, EPE has added 8 members to its team and advanced several through internal promotions.

 

Interested in finding out what it takes to be part of our team?

 

Contact us at info@epeconsulting.com or visit our website at www.epeconsulting.com

System Design

 

Texas Will Survive Luminant’s Closing of 2 Coal Plants

• 1,860 MW Monticello, • 1,195 MW Big Brown, Luminant -Retirement Plan

 

“A new study says the Texas electric grid would still be reliable if two of the state’s coal plants shut down in the coming years.

The study comes from a progressive advocacy group that calls some coal plants “old, inefficient and dirty.” Consulting firm Electric Power Engineers performed the study for the group Public Citizen. It looked at what would happen if Dallas company Luminant closed its Big Brown and Monticello plants by the year 2021.” – Travis Bubenik  (Source: Houston Public Media)

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Thought Leadership at TREIA GridNEXT

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. Hugo Mena discusses the benefits of Energy Storage

“Once you add solar to storage, then you essentially have a microgrid that can sustain an hour or so of outages,” said Hugo Mena, Electric Power Engineers’ vice president of business development. “EPE has seen this coming for a couple of years because of the integration of storage, whether to a solar plant or a wind farm or storage as a transmission asset, is positive for the grid. The question now is, when is it going to be economically feasible for developers or utilities to implement this technology in their systems? We’ve seen at the municipal level that it’s become economically feasible, but some [investor-owned utilities] are also installing storage for microgrid purposes.”  (Source: RTO Insider)

 

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Generation Project Interconnection Design

Renewable Generation Project Development

TRANSMISSION GRID EVALUATION GENERATOR INTERCONNECTION APPLICATIONS PLANT DESIGN AND OWNERS ENGINEERING SITE & RESOURCE ASSESSMENT

EPE has been in the engineering consulting business since 1968 and has extensive experience in renewable energy projects, particularly wind and solar since 1995. We assist our clients through all stages of renewable generation development: from initial site evaluation to generation grid interconnection. EPE has assisted dozens of wind and solar generation developers all across the US and internationally. We specialize in the evaluation of transmission grid export capacity, and will also act as Owner’s Engineer, coordinating design, engineering, procurement, and construction of projects. At EPE, we understand and address all technical corner-stone elements that are vital for the success of a renewable generation project.

  • Over 50 renewable generation clients.
  • Over 100 generator interconnection assessments per year.

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Energy Market Analysis

At Electric Power Engineers, we understand the grid and can integrate your needs and projects into the modern grid. Since 1968 we have been power engineers for transmission & distribution utilities and generation resources.

Optimization with Cost and Congestion Management

Transmission congestion can have a significant impact on the energy market and affect revenue potential. Many markets use locational marginal pricing (LMP) to determine system congestion, curtailment, and negative pricing. LMP provides a mechanism for wholesale electric prices to reflect the value of the power at different locations while accounting for patterns of load, generation capacity, and physical limits of the transmission system.

EPE has extensive experience in performing LMP studies using customizable computer models to calculate prices at specific locations and market hubs. We use our experience with transmission and distribution planning and system studies to design and implement electrical grids that reflect the current and future needs of our clients.

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