The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has made several personnel changes as a part of the restructuring of its leadership team, including naming Rick Gonzales its new chief operating officer.
Gonzales, an electricity industry veteran who has been with the NYISO since it began operations in 1999, was promoted to the position from his role as vice president of operations. In his new role, he will be responsible for NYISO grid reliability and market operations, as well as system planning and information technology.
Gonzales has several decades of experience in the electricity industry, primarily in the area of power control center operations engineering and NYISO energy market operations. In 1987, he joined the staff of the New York Power Pool, where he worked in a variety of engineering and management positions until the Power Pool's responsibilities were assumed by the NYISO in 1999. He also worked for Northeast Utilities at the Connecticut Valley Electric Exchange from 1983 to1987.
The NYISO has also named Richard Dewey senior vice president of information technology. He will immediately assume a rotational assignment to lead the System Operations organization for 18 months, reporting to Gonzales. His new responsibilities will include direct supervision of grid operations, as well as management of the NYISO Infrastructure Master Plan and the federally funded smart grid initiative.
Dewey has served as the NYISO's vice president and chief information officer since October 2008. His career at the NYISO has also included positions as director of product and project management, manager of IT strategic software development and manager of IT quality assurance.
Finally, Rana Mukerji has been named senior vice president, market structures. He joined the NYISO in May 2006, and has also held executive positions with ABB and General Electric. His responsibilities include market design; product and project management; strategic and business planning; and market training. He is leading the NYISO's Broader Regional Markets initiative in cooperation with New York's neighboring grid operators.