Santa Fe, N.M.-based Tres Amigas LLC has appointed Frank Barbera director of reliability assurance for the company. Barbera is an electric utility industry veteran with over three decades of management experience in utility regulatory and business strategies, engineering, power resources, and system operations and planning.
As director of reliability assurance, Barbera's responsibilities will include serving as a liaison with U.S. interconnections and other constituents, and leading the engineering and operations for the Tres Amigas SuperStation. The Tres Amigas SuperStation is a proposed renewable energy market hub employing superconductor electricity pipelines. The SuperStation will be capable of controlling, transferring and balancing many gigawatts of power between the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Barbera has worked with the Control Area Networking and Discussion Organization, the Public Power Initiative of the West, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Western Electric Coordinating Council, the Western Governor's Initiative and the California Independent System Operator.
SOURCE: Tres Amigas LLC