Deral’s experience spans power system operations and planning as well as modeling and simulating power system economics and grid reliability under both regulated and unregulated (ISO/RTO) paradigms. His experience also includes program and project management of engineering design work associated with new grid infrastructure. Deral plays a pivotal role in identification and vetting of new opportunities to add to ConnectGen’s asset portfolio across the U.S. as well as managing grid interconnection and integration plans for ConnectGen’s development assets.
Prior to joining ConnectGen, Deral was Director of Engineering and Transmission at Clean Line Energy Partners where he oversaw technical evaluation and interconnection of several of Clean Line’s transmission development assets as well as development of the strategic operational plans accounting for the merchant-nature of Clean Line’s transmission assets. Before his time at Clean Line, Deral was a Manager at Constellation Energy Commodities Group, where he analyzed deliverability, transmission strategy and real-time bilateral market opportunities using a host of power system simulation tools including production simulations for both new business opportunities and real-time operations for Constellation’s generation and load service businesses in the southeastern United States. Deral also previously worked as a NERC-certified Shift Operations Engineer at Southwest Power Pool (SPP), where he provided real-time and offline transmission analyses to assist SPP reliability coordination and market operation personnel with daily planning and decision-making. Deral assisted in the testing and design of the congestion management process for SPP’s Energy Imbalance Service (EIS) market; the bridge between grid reliability and market-based optimization for the SPP region. Deral holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Kansas State University.