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Stephen Rourke, VP, system planning at ISO-NE, elected chairman of Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative

Representatives of the 20 planning authorities that are members of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) have elected Stephen Rourke, ISO-NE’s vice president for system planning, to serve as chairman of the collaborative Executive Committee through 2018.

Rourke, who has served as vice president for system planning for 11 years, has over 35 years of experience in operation of and planning for the New England bulk power system. “Interregional power system planning is a critical element in the work being done by every power system in the entire Eastern Interconnection,” Rourke noted, in order “to ensure that the individual systems and the whole interconnection continue to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity to the millions of homes and businesses between the Atlantic Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.”

The EIPC conducts transmission analysis and planning for the entire Eastern Interconnection, which spans the eastern US from the Atlantic to the Rockies. The EIPC has also conducted extensive studies of the interface between the electric transmission system and the natural gas delivery system.

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