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In this episode of the Electric Power Reliability Podcast, Alan Ross speaks to Chris Root, Chief Operating Officer of Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO). Root discusses how technology is changing what he does from a grid perspective; the effect that technology has on transformers and other assets in the distribution system; the impact of an increasing frequency of weather events on an aging electrical infrastructure; and how resiliency is becoming increasingly important for everyone involved in electric power system reliability.
"35% of our load can be served by solar." - Chris Root, COO of Velco
"The number one reliability issue in most parts of the United States is weather." - Chris Root, COO of VELCO
"Chris [Root] joined VELCO as Chief Operating Officer in March 2014. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, a branch of National Grid. He holds a masters in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. He completed the Program for Management Development of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and has authored, co-authored and presented papers at various utility forums. He and his wife live in Rutland and have three grown children."