Speaker Presentation: Jay Caspary

Southwest Power Pool
Director of Research, Development & Special Studies


Jay Caspary is SPP’s Director – Research, Development & Special Studies with almost 35 years of industry experience.

Jay joined SPP in 2001 after almost a 20 year career at Illinois Power/Dynegy. At SPP, Jay has been responsible for Engineering in support of regional planning and transmission development. In early 2013, Jay completed a one-year assignment at the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in DC as a Senior Policy Advisor to help with grid modernization efforts and research priorities. In this current position, Jay facilitates efforts to help SPP staff, members and stakeholders create and manage R&D projects, develop staff skills and resources, evaluate new tools, improve processes and perform special studies.

Jay graduated from the University of Illinois – Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Power Systems in 1981. Jay is in the process of completing his requirements to obtain a Masters of Engineering degree from Iowa State. Jay serves on several industry committees, including the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC), Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS), and EPRI’s Grid Operations, Planning and Renewable Integration program leadership team. Jay serves on the Board of Directors for the Utility Variable-generation Integration Group (UVIG) and the Industry Advisory Boards for the GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems (GRAPES), as well as the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC).

“What do we want in the Future Grid”


TIME:  2:15 PM – 2:45 PM


Aging infrastructure and the integration of WAPA/Basin IS into SPP in late 2015 provides an opportunity to evaluate the seam of the US grids between the Western and Eastern Interconnections. It’s expected that several existing HVDC tie stations will need attention in the near future and most will need to be refurbished, at a minimum, in the planning horizon. Replacement-in-kind may not be the best option for a Future Grid. A collaborative, joint planning study is being proposed as part of a Grid Modernization Laboratory Call that will be discussed in this session.