Lisa M. Barton
Executive Vice President
Lisa M. Barton is Executive Vice President - AEP Transmission, responsible for the company's transmission organization including its field services, engineering, construction, planning and system operations, and new transmission business ventures.
Barton is a board member of Transource, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy which will be the competitive transmission development arm of both companies in a post-FERC order 1000 landscape. She also serves on the board of directors of Electric Transmission America (ETA), a joint venture between AEP and MidAmerican Holdings Company, and Electric Transmission Texas (ETT), a joint venture between subsidiaries of AEP and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.
She has been in the energy industry since 1987 with a background that includes experience in distribution, regulatory, marketing and legal issues.
Barton holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers and the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and is a 2010 International Women's Foundation Fellow.
Senior Vice President, U.S. Development
Serving his first term on the WIRES Board of Directors after being the organization’s President for 2015, John Flynn has overall responsibility for U.S. business development in the electric and gas sectors at National Grid, a company he joined in 2014.
Previously, Flynn had served as American Transmission Co.’s Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning & Project Development. He was responsible for strategic & project planning, regulatory relations, and leading ATC’s efforts to expand transmission development opportunities outside of its current service territory. He also was President of Duke-American Transmission Company (DATC) – a 50/50 joint venture between Duke Energy and ATC which pursues transmission development nationwide.
Earlier, Flynn held served in several key transmission leadership posts at American Electric Power in Columbus, OH, including managing director of Strategic Planning, Finance & Business Development for AEP Transmission, president of Pioneer Transmission (a joint AEP/Duke Energy venture), and executive vice president of Electric Transmission America (an AEP/MidAmerican Holdings joint venture).
Flynn was President-Elect of WIRES during 2014 and Vice President in 2013. He is a graduate of Fairfield University, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Vice President, Transmission
Great River Energy
Will Kaul, who served as President of WIRES in 2008-2009, oversees the Great River Energy transmission system that includes more than 4,600 miles of line and 105 transmission substations covering two-thirds of the state of Minnesota.
He is a founder of CapX2020 and has served as chair since its formation in 2004. CapX2020 is a collaboration of 11 utilities that have jointly planned and are now constructing a $2 billion expansion of the high voltage grid the Upper Midwest. CapX2020 joined WIRES in 2006, in its first year of operation. In 2010, he was elected to serve to represent the transmission owner/developer sector in the DOE-sponsored Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative.
Kaul holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President, Transmission Operations
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Gregg Lemler is responsible for operating the electric transmission grid, a system consisting of over 18,600 miles of electric transmission line (60kV to 500kV) and 960 transmission and distribution substations throughout Northern and Central California. His current responsibilities include providing leadership and strategic direction for all transmission operations of the company, including related engineering, design, maintenance, and construction activities. Lemler also oversees the company’s Critical Infrastructure Protection program, ensuring that PG&E is in full compliance with FERC and NERC standards, and PG&E’s competitive transmission business.
Throughout his 30+ year career with PG&E, Lemler has served in various senior level management positions supporting the company’s engineering, planning, maintenance, construction and project management at the electric and gas transmission and distribution levels, along with overseeing many of the company’s power generation plants.
Lemler’s industry association activities include designation as PG&E’s member representative for the WECC, Peak Reliability Coordinator (Peak RC), and the North American Transmission Forum (NATF). He is an elected Class 1 representative on the WECC Member Advisory Committee and board member of WIRES–a nonprofit trade association formed in 2005 to promote investment in the North American electric transmission system.
Lemler is a registered engineer in the state of California and received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also received his MBA from California State University, Fresno and is a graduate of the executive business administration and management program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Manager of Regulatory Relations & Policy
American Transmission Co.
Bob McKee, who served as President of WIRES in 2016, leads American Transmission’s efforts to promote, respond to, and otherwise affect federal regulatory and RTO policy, including those related to electric transmission planning, rates, and cost allocation. He and his team also address tariff-related matters, and develop and implement plans to comply with federal regulatory requirements. Previously, McKee managed the company’s regional transmission planning team.
Before joining American Transmission in 2005, McKee worked at Alliant Energy, a Madison, WI-based electric and natural gas utility. There, he focused on corporate and industry research, demand side management and renewable energy programs, and strategic planning.
McKee has held several leadership positions in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) stakeholder process, including serving as Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee and is a past member of MISO’s Advisory Committee.
McKee holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Eastern Illinois University. Currently, he is pursuing an Executive MBA at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
More information about WIRES can be obtained by contacting:
Jim Hoecker, Counsel and Advisor to WIRES
Principal, Hoecker Energy Law & Policy, PLLC
Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell, LLP