E Week Kickoff Speaker Jacinda Woodward, PE Senior Vice President, Transmission &
E Week Kickoff
Jacinda Woodward, PE
Senior Vice President, Transmission & Power Supply, TVA
“ Adventures in Engineering –
The 21st Century Electric Utility”
The electric utility industry is undergoing unprecedented change that rivals the challenges of the initial development of the US electric system. Changes in consumer desires, new environmental and reliability regulations, more intense natural and manmade threats, and aging power system assets are inputs to equations that must result in a reliable and cost-effective supply of electricity. Fortunately for engineers, these challenges make for great problem solving opportunities! Ms. Woodward will talk about these drivers of change and how TVA and other utilities are addressing them to ensure the continued safe, reliable, compliant and cost-effective operation of the nation’s power grid.
Ms Woodward has extensive background in nuclear, information technology and power transmission throughout her career at TVA. She is currently Senior Vice President of Transmission & Power Supply. This business unit is responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and real-time operation of TVA’s transmission system — one of the largest systems in the country. This business unit also has responsibility for TVA’s generation unit commitment and dispatch, power trading and power acquisition as well as reliability coordination services for seven electric utilities in parts of eleven states.
Prior to her current assignment, Ms Woodward was Vice President, Transmission Reliability & Operations, a business unit responsible for real-time power system operation with accountability for transmission operations, reliability coordination, transmission provider services, balancing authority, and operational planning functions. In this role, she served as the lead operational contact for the TVA System and Regional Operations Centers. She has also served as Vice President, Power Control Systems, a business unit responsible for engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of TVA’s supervisory control, energy management, data acquisition and telecommunications systems used for control and visibility of TVA’s power system.
Ms Woodward has lead assignments including design, maintenance, program development, project management, and executive support. She earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University in 1988. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee.
(Monday) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm