CARMEL, Ind. — The Midcontinent Independent System Operator board of directors on June 21 unanimously elected Director Phyllis E. Currie chair of the board. Currie, a former public utility executive who has served on the MISO board since 2016, replaces retiring chair Michael Curran.
“It is a distinct honor and privilege to be selected by my board colleagues for this role,” Currie stated. “I look forward to working with the entire board and MISO’s leadership team as we continue to ensure MISO is strategically positioned to pursue its vision of being the most reliable, value-creating Regional Transmission Operator.”
“Director Currie has been a steadfast advocate for continuous improvement during her tenure on the board of directors,” said MISO Chief Executive Officer John Bear. “She has particularly championed the importance of our customer experience journey and other key efforts important to ensuring MISO continues its innovative drive to serve customers and stakeholders as the industry rapidly evolves. We look forward to her continued leadership as our board chair.”
Bear congratulated Michael Curran on his service to the board. Curran will retire as director when his term expires at the end of 2018.
“As chair, Director Curran has made an indelible mark on our board and on our organization,” Bear said. “He has shepherded MISO through significant progress and improvement during his tenure. We truly appreciate his selfless service and dedication to making our RTO better every day.”
Currie served as general manager of Pasadena Water and Power from 2001 to 2015. During a 30-year career with the city of Los Angeles, Currie held the positions of chief financial officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; assistant city administrative officer overseeing development of the city’s annual operating and capital budgets and director of the Los Angeles rent control program.
Currie serves as MISO’s Audit & Finance Committee chair and is a member of the System Planning Committee and the Corporate Governance & Strategic Planning Committee.
She served on the Electricity Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy from 2015 to 2017. She is currently an executive consultant for Hometown Connections doing strategic planning for electric and water utilities in California. Additionally, Currie is on the board of directors of Grid Alternatives and the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment, and a member of Pasadena Rotary.
Currie’s full biography is available on MISO’s website.
MISO ensures reliable operation of, and equal access to, high-voltage power lines in 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO manages one of the world’s largest energy markets, with more than $24.7 billion in annual gross market energy transactions. MISO was approved as the nation’s first regional transmission organization in 2001. The not-for-profit organization is governed by an independent board of directors and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.