O&P REF Steering Committee Members

Brad Arnold
Manager, Policy & Compliance
Ameren Missouri

barnold@ameren.com


Brad Arnold is the Manager of Policy and Compliance for Ameren Missouri.  Mr. Arnold has worked in the energy industry for over 13 years, with experience in power trading, load forecasting, Financial Transmission Rights, and asset optimization.  In his current role, Mr. Arnold leads the Ameren Missouri Generation NERC Compliance and Market & Policy groups.  His responsibilities include business area oversight and coordination of reliability standards compliance activities.  Mr. Arnold has held elected leadership roles in both the SERC and MISO stakeholder communities, and actively participates in NERC, SERC, MISO, and industry groups and seminars to stay current on both ongoing and developing compliance issues.

Prior to joining Ameren, Mr. Arnold worked in Financial Operations at the Boeing Company and in Regulatory Compliance at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.

Mr. Arnold has a B.S. in Finance from Missouri State University and an MBA from St. Louis University.  He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

John Babik
Director Electric Compliance
JEA

babijj@jea.com

Mr. John Babik is JEA’s Director of Electric Compliance. He is a regulatory compliance and audit professional with over 30 years of experience in the utility industry specializing in interpreting and executing NERC and NAESB standards for four of the seven regulatory entities (SERC, NPCC, RFC, & MRO) for the past 15 years he has been a key player in the assessment of legal and regulatory issues in the evolving electricity industry as well as in the development of emerging reliability standards activities and their processes. Recent activities includes: Took the lead in developing technical comments to Standards TPL-001-5 by providing guidance for all Trade Associations in preparation to reply to the FERC proposed directives (NOPR RM19-10-000) for this standard. Also, task force member of the NERC’s High Altitude Electric Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) task force to lead in the development of drafting the HEMP Task Force Strategic Recommendations. The task force was charged to develop recommendations on developing best practices and reliability guidelines to mitigate the impacts of an HEMP incidents.

In his current position, John is responsible for JEA’s NERC compliance efforts and the coordination of reliability standards compliance activities within the SERC region and represents JEA on the SERC Technical Committees (OC). Mr. Babik has served in a number of positions in NERC and the five regional standing committees representing the Planning and/or the Compliance Committees. He also served on the NAESB WEQ Executive Committee – Generation Segment. Mr. Babik’ s major career experience has been in Transmission & Substation Engineering, Grid Operations & Planning, NERC Compliance and RTO integration projects.

Greg Davis
Regulatory Compliance Manager
Georgia Transmission Corporation

greg.davis@gatrans.com  

As the Regulatory Compliance Manager of Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), Greg Davis guides GTC in maintaining compliance with the Electric Reliability Organization Standards. He identifies and evaluates all new or modified reliability standards proposed by NERC and SERC, and assists in the evaluation and understanding of each requirement to ensure compliance readiness. Greg also maintains GTC’s program to monitor processes, procedures, guidelines and documentation to ensure compliance. 

During his time as a Compliance Manager, Greg has represented GTC in NERC and SERC conferences and has been a member of the SERC Protection and Control Sub Committee along with serving on the SERC Standard drafting team for SERC Standard PRC-006-1 Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding Requirements. Over Greg’s 20 year career, he has worked in various Electric Utility disciplines from relay maintenance, system protection, bulk planning, and ERO compliance. 

Greg is known for his ability to work cooperatively, and has the knowledge and experience to be a valuable member of the Registered Entity Forum.

Bill Thigpen
Supervisor of Compliance Support
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

Bill.thigpen@powersouth.com

Bill Thigpen is currently Supervisor of Compliance Support for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. PowerSouth Energy Cooperative serves the energy needs of 16 electric Cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Mr. Thigpen has over 29 years of experience in the utility industry, having worked in PowerSouth’s Energy Control Center as a System Operator for almost 18 years, followed by 11 years as the Energy Control Center Supervisor. Mr. Thigpen began working in the Compliance Support Department in June of 2015. Compliance Support’s main role is to facilitate PowerSouth's compliance with NERC Standards and to ensure that sufficient internal controls are in place to maintain that compliance.

Mr. Thigpen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. He maintains a NERC System Operator Certification. In his previous role as Energy Control Center supervisor, Mr. Thigpen was an active member of the SERC System Operator Subcommittee (SOS). Mr. Thigpen participates in NERC, SERC, and industry seminars and conferences to maintain compliance awareness. Mr. Thigpen has also worked on several SERC Audits as an Industry Subject Matter Expert.