Gary Simonson joined Energy Strategies in 2018. He currently supports the firm in the technical aspects of regional transmission planning, transmission policy, energy markets, NERC compliance, and project development analysis. He applies his technical skills and compliance knowledge to enhance Energy Strategies’ modeling and analytical capabilities.
Gary is the lead for the WestConnect Order 1000 regional planning base transmission plan and has performed work on feasibility studies for various renewable developers.
Prior to joining Energy Strategies, Gary was a Senior Transmission Planning Engineer at Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) where he led and completed work for their annual TPL-001-4 transmission planning assessment and other various NERC transmission planning related standards. In this role he developed transmission projects, generation modeling projects, power flow models, and ran numerous steady-state, transient-stability, and short circuit studies. Gary was the CSU representative at the Mountain West Transmission Group (MWTG) meetings and led a CSU cross-departmental team that evaluated membership and impacts of CSU joining MWTG. He also was the CSU representative in external transmission planning related activities and held the chair position for a work group of the Colorado Coordinated Planning Group. Prior to CSU, Gary was an Associate Staff Engineer at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) where he held positions in WECC’s Transmission Expansion Planning department and Compliance Operations and Planning audits department.