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Management Control

Rosharon, Texas, 77583, United States
October 29, 2016

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James J. Thompson

POB ***, Rosharon, TX ***** • • 713-***-****


Executive Leadership / Stakeholder Relations / Strategic Planning & Communications

An accomplished Energy Management Executive with over three decades of experience building, managing, and controlling utility-scale operations and control systems to enhance renewable and traditional power for global organizations. A strategic planner skilled at developing, certifying, and managing new Balancing Authority Areas and Transmission Operations as well as economical and efficient merchant opportunities. This is while simultaneously preserving system reliability in compliance with challenging industry requirements by building relationships with customers, corporate management, and other critical stakeholders. A respected leader who combines industry knowledge, experience, and effective communications to successfully handle the most volatile commodity for large energy corporations while growing a unique independent multimillion-dollar business with a 30-40% ROI and furthering the mission and goals of an evolving electric power industry.

Areas of Expertise:

• Energy Control & Dispatch

• Transmission Operation Certification

• Project Management

• Strategic Planning

• Contract Negotiations

• Demand Response Implementation & Control

• Authority Area Implementation & Certification

• MicroGrid Development & Operation

• Acquisition & Mergers

• Operations Management

• Process Improvements

• Change Management

• Employee Relations

• Staff Leadership & Training

• Effective Issue Resolution

• Articulate Communications

Professional Experience



DUKE ENERGY NORTH AMERICA, Managing Director, 2000-2005

Held executive positions within all three entities to provide Balancing Authority operations and services, including five transmission dependent cities as well as over 10,000 MWs of generation and regional reserve pool management. These organizations have also specialized in regulation, implementation and Energy Management Systems service, as well as managing a large cross-section of Demand Response programs in CAISO, PJM, NYISO, NPCC, and ERCOT.


Launched Duke Energy Control Area Services (DECA) in 1999, a 24-hour, NERC certified control center operation, which was acquired and renamed Constellation Energy Control and Dispatch (CECD) in 2005.

Positioned GEM and Power Generation Services for acquisition by MSouth Equity partners in 2014, and led the sale and merger, overseeing a highly skilled, long-time staff while transitioning the former business unit structure.

Originated all contracts for GEM/CECD/DECA and was the primary advisor for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and services contracts for all of the associated clients, from municipalities to renewables providers, to merchant transmission and demand response organizations.

Led all three organizations to certify and control 57 Balancing Authorities and Transmission Operations hubs along with including the implementation and management of the world’s first wind-based Balancing Authority and 1400 MWs of the BPA/Iberdrola Customer Supplied Generation Imbalance (CSGI) program throughout the North American continent.

Additional Experience


Baghdad Electricity Segment Senior Advisor, Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq

Handled a $5.6B budget and P&L responsibility as well as strategic direction and tactical execution of business plans as Senior Electricity Advisor to the Department of Defense, the U.S. Embassy, the Coalition Forces, and the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity for the Iraqi Reconstruction Management Office (I.R.M.O.).

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RELIANT ENERGY/HL & P, Director, 1998-2000

Managed the Houston Light and Power (HL&P) control center and transitioned the Houston assets into the ERCOT market while teaching the HL&P group to trade assets. Member of the first core integration team for the HL&P/Reliant integration of the Netherland utility acquisition (UNA) in Utrecht.


Spearheaded the Shell Energy Power trading and marketing group including real time, midterm, and long-term origination. Established policies and procedures, hired all levels of talent, and established counterparty relationships while implementing risk controls and interrelated trading platforms.

KOCH ENERGY, Director, (One Year)

Led the team that initiated the Power Trading group for Koch Energy including real time, midterm, and long-term origination, which ultimately became Merrill –Lynch Energy Trading.

ENRON, Manager-Power Trading, (Two Years)

Led the Power Trader Group to establish a national Power Trading industry and spearheaded many of first power trades and gas swaps on a national scale.

WALT DISNEY– REEDY CREEK ENERGY SERVICES, Manager-Energy Control Center, (Five Years)

Ran the Walt Disney World Energy Control Center, including nine unique utilities, and certified Disney’s Reedy Creek as its own Control Area.

CITY OF ST. CLOUD FLORIDA ELECTRIC UTILITY, Chief Control Center Coordinator (Three Years)

Worked with Black and Veatch Engineering to modernize St. Cloud Electric’s transmission and distribution while overseeing operation and staff training at its new control center, and representing the municipality at the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC).

KENNECOTT/PHELPS DODGE, Metallurgist (Seven Years)

Supervised control center operations and quality control for the Santa Rita Copper mining operations near Silver City New Mexico.

Education, Affiliations, & Achievements

Master’s Degree, Renewables Integration and Sustainability, Penn State University, Anticipated 2018

Bachelor’s Degree, Business Management, State University of New York, Geneseo, Western New Mexico University, and University of Phoenix

Merchant Generation Representative, NERC Operating Committee

Merchant Generation Representative, Western Systems PEAK RC Member Advisory Committee

Board Member, Northwest Intermountain Power Producers, 2005-Present

Chair of the WECC Variable Generation Sub-Committee, 2012-2014

Northwestern Power Pool Reserve Sharing Committee Member, 2005-2013

Representative, Northwestern Power Pool Operating Committee, 2004-2013

SPP Operating Committee Member, 2001-2009

SERC Operating Committee Representative, 2001-2009

PJM Operating Committee Representative, 2000-2005

FRCC Operating Committee Representative

Black Belt Ranking and Instructor-Level Certifications in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Arnis/Kali, and currently teaching Law Enforcement Defense/Submission Tactics

Sport Pilots License, Experimental Aircraft, Glider Pilot, Open Water SCUBA Certification

VITO Award Recipient, 2016

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