Regional power grid operator Southwest Power Pool of Little Rock has elected two new members of its independent board of directors and reelected one existing director to another term.
The new directors are Stuart Solomon and Irene Dimitry; the re-elected director is Elizabeth Moore. All three will serve for the next three years for the not-for-profit regional transmission organization, which ensures access to reliable and affordable electricity across a 14-state footprint.
“Stuart Solomon and Irene Dimitry bring vast experience with stakeholder processes, renewable energy growth and strategic development that will benefit SPP as the organization continues to evolve,” SPP President and CEO Barbara Sugg said in a statement. “Their addition to the board, along with Elizabeth Moore’s reelection, ensures the SPP board can expertly guide the organization through the opportunities and challenges of keeping the lights on today and in the future.”
Solomon, who has more than three decades of experience in electric utilities, retired from American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio, in 2019 as senior vice president of generation services. Earlier, he was president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, where he served as a stakeholder representative on SPP’s Members Committee. Solomon joined AEP in 1999 after AEP merged with Central and South West Corp., where he held various managerial and administrative positions. He has a law degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is on Southwestern’s board of visitors.
“I am deeply honored to be elected to the SPP board and eagerly look forward to working with my fellow board members, the SPP staff and SPP’s stakeholders,” Solomon said in a news release. “It’s a very important time of transition in the electric utility industry, and SPP is well positioned to lead the ongoing evolution of the industry. I’m excited to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking organization during this time.”
Dimitry has more than 25 years of experience in electric utility planning and development, most recently as an independent consultant and senior advisor for the energy industry and nonprofit organizations. She retired in 2020 as vice president of renewable energy at DTE Energy of Detroit, which she also served in the areas of marketing, business planning, customer service, electric operations, energy efficiency, integrated resource planning and corporate strategy. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
“I am very honored to join SPP’s board during this exciting time in the energy industry,” Dimitry said in the release. “The clean energy transition will bring many changes and innovations over the next few years. I look forward to working with management and stakeholders as SPP’s regional role grows and evolves, while retaining its commitment to ensure that electricity is delivered reliably and affordably to the millions of people living in SPP’s multistate service territory.”
Dimitri is on the advisory board for the Utility Customer Research Council and is a steering committee member for Equity in a Clean Energy Economy. Solomon and Dimitry will be filling board seats currently held by Joshua W. Martin III and Larry Altenbaumer. Martin and Altenbaumer will retire from the SPP board at the end of December 2023.
Elizabeth Moore joined the SPP board of directors in October 2020. Before joining SPP, she served for more than 30 years in the legal and regulatory community. Moore’s new term ends December 2026.