Tim Ponseti Biography

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Tim is the Vice President of Operations for SERC Reliability Corporation, which includes several program areas, including Reliability Monitoring, Situational Awareness and Security, IT, Technical Services, Reliability Assessments and Performance Analysis (RAPA), Engineering, Advanced Analytics, and System Operator Training.

Tim’s extensive background includes leading control center operations, transmission operations, transmission planning, transmission maintenance, resource planning, load forecasting, distribution engineering, rate design and customer service, regulatory policy and compliance, industrial marketing, plus many years of experience serving on the SERC Board of Directors and NERC committees.

Tim graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University, with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the National Engineering Honor Society, the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, and was a NERC Certified System Operator.

After graduating from Tulane, Tim joined Entergy, where he worked a variety of jobs over the next 18 years.  His last five years were spent in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as the overall manager of Entergy’s System Operations Center, with Balancing Area responsibility across four states, and Reliability Coordinator responsibility across seven states. Twelve of these years with Entergy were spent as a member of SPP.

In 2003, Tim joined TVA, where he held a variety of executive level positions. From 2013 to 2017 he served as TVA’s Vice President of Transmission Operations & Power Supply (TOPS), where he had responsibility for TVA’s Transmission Operator and Balancing Area function (seven states), Reliability Coordinator function (11 states), plus SCADA,  the Network Operations Center, Operator Training, Compliance Execution, Real Time Power Trading, and Power Origination.

From 2015-2017 Tim served as the Vice Chair of the SERC Board of Directors; from 2015-2017 he served as a member of the NERC Member Representatives Committee (MRC); and from 2016-2017 he served as Chair of the Eastern Interconnect Planning Collaborative (EIPC). He was also a member of the original multi-sector NERC Functional Model team.