Ben Brownlee joined Energy Strategies in 2015. He currently supports the firm in the technical aspects of regional transmission planning and policy, energy supply and production, and project development and investment analysis. He applies his technical skills to enhance Energy Strategies’ modeling and analytical capabilities, ranging from extensive power flow and production cost analyses to developing custom software tools for clients and internal use.
Ben is the Technical Lead for WestConnect Order 1000 regional planning work and has performed numerous curtailment risk assessments, advised on resource siting, and assessed the design & optimization of storage projects for various renewable developers in California, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, MISO, & PJM.
Prior to joining Energy Strategies, Ben was a Staff Engineer at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) where he led the development and enhancements of WECC’s “Common Case” production cost model dataset, led numerous production cost and power flow analyses, and was a supporting author of the 2013 WECC Interconnection-wide Plan. Prior to WECC, Ben was a Transmission Planning Engineer at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), prior to which he held positions in PG&E’s Distribution Planning, System Protection, and Transmission Line Asset Strategy & Standards departments.