Jim is an electrical engineer with more than 40 years in the electrical utility business. Jim has designed installed and tested both control and communications systems as well as major 500-kV equipment. He has over 25 years in planning the operation of the BPA system and 6 years as Chief Power Quality Engineer. At BPA, Jim worked for 34 years in various capacities, including system planning, studies, SVC controls, power quality and HVDC system voltage upgrades. For the past 14 years at Elcon, Jim has performed numerous power flow, system stability, reactive and voltage control studies for interconnecting of numerous wind farms to BPA transmission systems.