Ken McIntyre has 25 years of direct experience in the power industry and energy sector as a grid operator, planner and design engineer, consultant, regulator and executive. He has been a member and chair of various industry leadership and regulatory committees and had the honor to be in roles that foster the development of others whilst serving the community. Mr. McIntyre earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland and a master’s degree in Business from Charles Sturt University.
Ken assumed his current role of Executive Director at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), August 2019. At MISO, one of Mr. McIntyre’s roles is executive sponsor for MISO’s ‘Operations of the Future’. This effort will prioritize investments that develop the people, process and tools required to operate the grid and market reliably and securely amidst the anticipated rapid adoption of technologies, changing generation mix and other industry changes.
Prior to MISO, Ken had success as vice president and director of Standards and Compliance at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Ken was an influential and collaborative industry leader for the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) heading up the core program responsibilities of NERC in standards, compliance and registration, and oversight of the seven NERC regional entities. His most notable accomplishments included establishing consistent compliance practices and alignment across North America, orchestrating a standards efficiency review of the NERC Reliability Standards that eliminated unnecessary reliability and cyber requirements, the smooth, collaborative and reliable transition from seven to five regional entities, the effective transition of Reliability Coordinator function in the Western Interconnect, and the establishment of a consistent entity registration program.
Ken joined NERC following an extensive power engineering career in Australia at Powerlink Queensland a transmission utility, and in Texas at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) where he served in several key roles. Notably, he served as the vice president of Grid Planning and Operations, overseeing ERCOT’s grid transmission planning, generation resource adequacy, and real-time grid operation activities. Mr. McIntyre was a key player in technical development and deployment of the Texas Nodal Market Systems, implementation of an enterprise regulatory compliance program, and the successful integration of new resource technologies into the ERCOT grid.