Byron is Manager of WECC’s System Adequacy Planning Department. His primary responsibility is managing the team responsible for developing data bases, 10-year and 20-year planning studies and future scenarios to support system adequacy planning in the Western Interconnection. The System Adequacy Department also supports WECC’s Transmission Expansion Planning Policy Committee (TEPPC), Scenario Planning Steering Group (SPSG) and Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TAS).
From 1997 through 2009, Byron worked at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) with responsibilities in client relations, stakeholder relations and project management. He was part of the CAISO’s start-up team as well as the market redesign effort that led to a transition to nodal markets for energy, ancillary services and congestion management starting in 2009.
Prior to the CAISO, Byron worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Company for 18 years with responsibilities in community and governmental relations, general management, customer services, energy management and solar energy. He also worked briefly in the telecommunications industry.
Byron holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, an M.B.A. from Sacramento State University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. He lives with his wife, Marlene, in Sandy, UT and has a son, Evan, living and working in Denver, CO and a daughter, Erica, in medical and graduate school in Milwaukee, WI.