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Gordon van Welie
ISO New England, ISO New England

Gordon van Welie is President and CEO of ISO New England Inc. He has been actively involved since 2000 in the establishment and growth of advanced wholesale electricity markets and a robust regional system planning process in the New England region.

New England’s resources are undergoing a dramatic transformation from oil, coal, and nuclear generation to natural gas, renewable energy, and distributed resources. Gordon has led a strategic initiative to keep system reliability intact and wholesale markets competitive while the shift in fuels and technologies occur. These initiatives include addressing the interdependency between the gas and electric systems, ensuring efficient price formation, facilitating the integration of renewable, distributed, and ‘smart grid’ technologies, and making significant investments in the regional transmission infrastructure.

Before joining ISO New England, Gordon was the Vice President and General Manager of the Power System Control business for Siemens, which supplies energy and distribution management systems to electric utilities. Earlier in his career, he worked in various transmission and distribution control system engineering roles with the South African utility, Eskom.

Gordon is a member of ISO New England’s Board of Directors, as well as a number of industry groups, including the Executive Committee of the U. S. National Committee of CIGRE, the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the ISO/RTO Council, and the IEEE Power & Engineering Society. In 2017, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
He is a recipient of 2017 Utility Variable-Generation Integration (UVIG) Achievement Award and, in 2016, was awarded the IEEE Power & Energy Society Leadership in Power Award.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Susan Buehler
PJM Interconnection, Chief Communications Officer

Ms. Buehler has 20 years of media and strategic communications experience. At PJM, she has raised the profile of the nation’s largest electric grid and wholesale energy markets. She is responsible for strategic communications plans, internal communications initiatives and messaging around energy policy. In addition, she is responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Prior to joining PJM, Ms. Buehler was Executive Vice President for Bellevue Communications, where she managed the day-to-day operations and some of the firm’s largest clients. In addition, she spearheaded the firm’s media training and crisis communications initiatives.

Ms. Buehler is a former Emmy-award winning television journalist with experience working as a reporter, editor and producer at stations in Philadelphia, Des Moines and Sioux Falls. She became the managing editor of Fox News in Philadelphia where she made key editorial decisions on news coverage, planning and scheduling. Ms. Buehler is a four-time Emmy award nominee for outstanding general reporting and breaking news coverage.

In addition to her television news experience, Ms. Buehler served as a spokesperson for PECO Energy in Philadelphia and represented major corporate brands including McDonalds, Campbell Soup, Citizens Bank, and Chemring USA.
Ms. Buehler is active in community organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for College Possible Philadelphia, the Philly Ad Club, and the Philadelphia Public Relations Assoc. Board. Previously, she served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Board of Governors. She is past president of the Board of the mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is active in the Public Relations Society of America. Ms. Buehler has been honored with a Woman of Distinction award by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Ms. Buehler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.