Steve welcomes Mark Rothleder, the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at California Independent System Operator, to the podcast. California ISO is one of the largest ISOs in the world, delivering 300 million megawatt-hours of electricity each year and managing about 80% of the Golden State’s electric flow. In part one, Mark discusses how his state’s grid has changed since he joined California ISO in 1997 and how California ISO oversees the operation of the state’s bulk electric power system, transmission lines, and electricity market.
About Mark Rothleder: Mark is the senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer at the California Independent System Operator (ISO), leading a multi-divisional management team that integrates market policy, planning, operations, technology, and program management.
Mr. Rothleder previously served as the vice president of Market Policy and Performance, executive director of Market Analysis and Development, principal market developer, and director of Market Operations. As a member of the original start-up team in 1997, Mr. Rothleder is now the longest-serving ISO employee.
In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led the design and implementation of market rules and software modifications for the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). During his 23-year career at the ISO, Mr. Rothleder has worked extensively to develop and incorporate the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets.
Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years at Pacific Gas & Electric in its Electric Transmission Department where his responsibilities included operations engineering, transmission planning, and substation design.
Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has completed post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned a Master’s in Science in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
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