Ben joined the Council staff in 2013 as a Senior Analyst, assumed the role of Interim Director in 2016 when Tom Eckman retired, then became Power Division Director in October 2016.
He recently led the redevelopment of the Regional Portfolio Model for the Seventh Power Plan and coordinated the efforts to link together multiple power system models for a cohesive analytical framework for the plan. He is an expert in power system analysis and has represented the Council with regional transmission planners and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and has been heavily involved with the working group on Loss of Load Expectation.
Prior to joining the Council, Ben was an Operations Research Analyst for the Bonneville Power Administration where he worked on the long-term adequacy implications of wind generation, electricity market price forecasting, FCRPS operations and evaluating the benefits of a Northwest Power Pool Energy Imbalance Market. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Statistics from Portland State University.