Vice President of Transmission Project Development
Having served as WIRES’ Secretary during 2015, Kathy Shea has overall responsibility for project development in Eversource Energy’s transmission organization.
Shea joined Northeast Utilities, now Eversource Energy, in 2004 and was Associate General Counsel in the company’s legal department before moving on to Transmission as Project Director in 2007. She managed the highly successful $1.3 billion New England East-West Solution (NEEWS) Project, a high-voltage transmission system build out program, that involved leading the planning, siting, permitting, and construction of transmission to improve reliability in multiple New England states. She oversaw construction of over 100 miles of new 345-kV overhead transmission lines, more than 45 miles of new and rebuilt 115-kV lines and work on 17 substations (new and upgrades) in two states.
Previously, Shea clerked for the Chief Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court, and practiced for nearly 10 years in the utility industry for Day Pitney LLP.
Shea holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and J.D from the Western New England College School of Law.
Vice President, Federal Affairs
ITC Holdings Corp.
Nina Plaushin represents ITC before Congress on legislative matters and also works closely with key regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy.
She has more than 20 years of experience managing government and regulatory policy at the federal and state levels. Plaushin joined ITC in 2008 as director of Federal and Legislative Affairs. Prior to joining ITC, she served as vice president of External Affairs at WPPI Energy. Before that, she was director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Wisconsin-based American Transmission Co. and manager of Federal Regulatory Affairs at PPL, an investor-owned utility headquartered in Allentown.
Plaushin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Drew University.
Director of Regulatory
Dr. Paul Dumais is Director of Regulatory Affairs for Avangrid Networks where he has responsibility for transmission services in New England and participates in regional transmission issues in both New England and in New York. He is active in proceedings before FERC covering transmission formula rates, return on equity, competitive transmission, interconnections and other issues.
Dr. Dumais has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine. In 2013, he earned a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Manager, Regional Transmission Policy
Xcel Energy, Inc.
Gerald Deaver manages regional transmission organization membership and participation for the Transmission business unit at Xcel Energy. He has extensive legal experience in all phases of state utility regulation.
Deaver joined Xcel Energy in 2009 and has more than 25 years of experience in legal and regulatory issues, and in finance, in the electric utility industry. Previously, he worked for Avista Utilities (first as an account/rate case witness and later managing financial analysis and claims/damages), and in the legal departments of Kansas Gas & Electric Co., Long Island Lighting Co., the New York Independent System Operator and Allegheny Energy.
Serving as WIRES Treasurer since 2013, after filling the role of Secretary from 2011 through 2012, Deaver holds a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University. He is a member of the bar in the State of Washington.
Counsel, Advisor to WIRES
James John "Jim" Hoecker
Principal, Hoecker Energy Law and Policy LLC
Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell, LLP
A long-time advocate for robust energy infrastructure and competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets, Jim Hoecker serves as primary counsel and advisor to WIRES.
An energy practitioner for 35 years, Hoecker was a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission beginning in 1993, and then served as the FERC’s Chairman from 1997 until leaving the agency in 2001. As Chairman, he instituted regional transmission organizations under Order No. 2000 to plan and administer the bulk electric power system. He instituted new market oversight functions and real-time market reports at FERC, and streamlined regulatory processes across the agency. As a FERC staffer from 1979 to 1988, Hoecker had been a legal assistant to two Commissioners, Assistant General Counsel for Rulemaking and Legislative Analysis, and Assistant General Counsel for Oil and Gas Litigation.
Today, as Senior Counsel and Energy Strategist at Husch Blackwell LLP in Washington, DC, Hoecker provides legal and strategic advice principally to electric utilities, investors, and transmission developers and providers. He also serves as Principal of Hoecker Energy Law & Policy PLLC (HELP), a law and public policy consulting firm. Previously, he was a member of the American Bar Association Council and served on the board of Allegheny Energy and was a founder and board member of the National Council on Competition In the Electric Industry.
In the course of his legal work, Hoecker has dealt with electric power issues, natural gas and oil pipeline issues, hydropower licensing matters, and environmental litigation. He is accomplished on transactional, rate, and regulatory issues, legislation, public policy, and administrative law and management issues, and has served on the boards of a public utility, a non-profit publishing company, and a private college.
Hoecker earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northland College in Wisconsin, a Master of Arts and a Doctorate from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a council member for the Section on Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association and has given many presentations and authored several publications.
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