With PI already in place at the plants, George leveraged this architecture to use PI for bi-directional communication between PJM and the plants. One of the most interesting aspects of this approach is the health display that George developed to monitor the reliability of all hardware and software components. We have seen utilities and vendors struggling with cost and reliability as organizations deregulate and the gap between generation and transmission widens even further. In this environment, some see the components of PI are far easier solution than the cost of new hardware.
Title: East Region Project Manager
George has been involved in the SCADA/EMS area for 19 years. He was Technical Services Director for Duquesne Light Co.'s System Operations Department until April 2000 when He joined Orion Power Holdings Inc. There he Designed and Managed the Generation Information System and has continued on with Reliant Energy in the Plant to EMS interface area. George has also been involved with EPRI's Utility Communications Architecture Project.