Electricity 101-Understanding the Power Grid

June 17, 2014 9:00am – 2:30pm
Rutgers - Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy,
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901

The NJLM Educational Foundation presented the day-long event “Energy 101” June 17 at the Rutgers Bloustein School before more than 70 local officials, state regulators, industry experts and academics.  The program explained how electricity is generated and distributed and how aggregation works. It also discussed storm response and resiliency measures that municipalities can implement. In addition, there was information about programs and planning that benefits counties, municipalities and consumers.

This Foundation event brought together industry and local officials and community leaders to create an understanding of recent, current and future energy policy considerations such as: energy infrastructure, government energy aggregation, storm response, and distributed generation and BPU programs.

BPU President Dianne Solomon Addresses the attendees


Presentations and Speaker Biographies

Presentation by Mike Hogan

Frank Felder

Frank Felder, PhD, is an expert on the economics and reliability of liberalized electric power markets. He consults to a wide range of clients in the industry, advising them on market design, market power, electricity price forecasting, and risk management. He has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and several state public utility commissions. As part of his consulting practice, Frank has conducted numerous seminars and lectures in the US and internationally, and has widespread experience explaining complex – and sometimes arcane – material in an intuitive, humorous, and accessible manner.

Frank is the Director of the Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy and member of the faculty at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. At the Center, Frank has conducts studies on renewable portfolio standards, load management measures, carbon dioxide emission allowances, and state energy policy. Currently, Frank is leading the Center’s effort to draft an Energy Master Plan for New Jersey, which includes developing a comprehensive energy data center for New Jersey. His primary research area is the reliability and efficiency of restructured electric power systems. He has published widely in professional and academic journals on market power and mitigation, wholesale market design, reliability, transmission planning, market power, and rate design issues.

Frank holds a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focused on the economics and reliability of restructured electric power systems.



James Giuliano

Jim Giuliano, Director of Reliability & Security for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

The Division of Reliability and Security is responsible for implementing actions, programs and ongoing strategies for utility disaster preparedness, reliability and utility infrastructure security. It is charged with the NJBPU’s mission critical functions within the context of the National Response Framework and the State Emergency Management Incident Command Structure. The consequences and recovery of utility outages, incidents and disasters fall within the purview of the Unit, which works closely with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The Director is also responsible for the State’s Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Underground Damage Prevention Programs.

Jim is a member of the New Jersey Domestic Security and Preparedness Task Force and has chaired and served on numerous groups and committees involving utility preparedness, security and energy assurance. Over the past decade, his team has been directly responsible for utility disaster recovery and consequences from weather events and system failures including:

  • Hurricane Floyd
  • July 4th 2004 Seaside Power Outages
  • Widespread Power Blackout of 2003
  • Hurricane Isabel (2003)
  • Hurricane Ivan
  • Derecho Windstorm of 2011
  • Hurricane Irene
  • Halloween Snowstorm
  • Super storm Sandy

Jim holds numerous Certifications and Credentials in Emergency Management, Incident Command, Infrastructure Protection and Risk Assessment. He is a Certified Public Manager and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Rutgers University.

Mike Winka

Michael Winka, Senior Policy Advisor to the President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

In 2003 Mike was named the Director of the newly organized Office of Clean Energy in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.   He managed the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and the State Energy Plan for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through 2012.  The Office is responsible for promoting demand response, energy efficiency, clean energy generation and renewable energy generation through the various regulatory and non-regulatory incentives and tools available to NJBPU.  Mike assisted in the development of New Jersey’s solar program and the transition from solar rebates to the New Jersey Solar Renewable Energy Certificate financing programs.  Mike is currently the Senior Policy Advisor to NJBPU President Solomon on clean energy issues including developing a system of Combined Heat and Power facilities/microgrids for storm response and emergency preparedness; and Smart Grid/Distribution Automation. Mike is the BPU lead for development of the New Jersey Energy Resiliency Bank (NJ-ERB).  The NJ-ERB’s mission is to help develop energy resilience for New Jersey’s critical facilities through financing of distributed energy generation – microgrid projects.

Mike worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 22 years. His past duties included Chief in the Bureau of Resource Recovery which including the permitting of 5 county Waste to Energy Facilities for over 200 MW; and Administrator for the Office of Innovative Technology and Market Development.  Mike assisted in the development and implementation of New Jersey’s Sustainability Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change Action Plan and also worked with the New Jersey team in developing and implementing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative within the 10 northeast States and New Jersey.

Mike and his Office has been the recipient of several national awards including:

  1. Vice President Al Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government 1999
  2. USEPA Climate Protection Award 2002
  3. USDOE/USEPA Energy Star Awards 2005 through 2012
  4. USEPA Clean Air Excellence Award 2010
  5. Clean Energy States Alliance - State Leadership in Clean Energy 2010