Xcel Energy is one of the fastest growing investor owned utilities with more than 20,000 miles of transmission lines and more than 1,200 substations across 10 states, serving more than 22,000 megawatts of customer load. Xcel Energy has a unique perspective as a vertically integrated utility, operating transmission and generation resources in three NERC reliability regions and two Regional Transmission Organizations (MISO and SPP). Xcel Energy’s position as the industry leader in wind generation for over 12 years has impacted the way we plan and operate our transmission system. We will discuss lessons learned and how Xcel Energy is applying those lessons as the company continues to grow towards a reduced carbon generation portfolio, while maintaining a reliable and affordable system.
Discuss renewable resources impact on the electric grid;
Review ways utilities are helping enable technology while keeping prices low and reliability high;
Disucss policy challenges facing the integration of renewable energy;
Identify best practices to engage the public on challenges with renewable energy.
Kyle Neidermire is manager of regional transmission initiatives at Xcel Energy, where he is responsible for the strategic leadership and support of long-term transmission initiatives and policy in the Midwest. He represents Xcel Energy in transmission policy issues and provides guidance and oversight for the development and execution of critical transmission projects. That includes the development of necessary agreements in structured partnerships, as well as associated communications and public relations.
As a leader with public policy and regulatory understanding, Neidermire has a proven track record of large project success through collaboration utilizing strong relationship skills. He has over 13 years’ experience in various roles focusing on strategic initiatives, public policy, project management, field operations, and safety and training.
Neidermire has a BS in construction from University of Wisconsin–Stout and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.