By Rory D. Sweeney
The Consumer Advocates of the PJM States (CAPS) has hired former EnerNOC executive Gregory Poulos to replace retiring Executive Director Dan Griffiths. He will transition in as Griffiths, who is expected to depart by the end of the year, leaves.
Poulos had been at EnerNOC since 2010, rising from a manager to the director of regulatory affairs. EnerNOC provides demand response and energy management services for industrial clients. His role focused on demand response and energy-market development in PJM and MISO as well as in the states within the grid operators’ footprints.
Before EnerNOC, Poulos had stints as an assistant consumer counsel in the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, and assistant chief of the charitable law section of the Ohio attorney general’s office.
Griffiths had worked for another DR provider, Comverge, before joining CAPS. Before Comverge, he spent seven years in the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate and 18 years at the state’s Public Utility Commission.
CAPS is made up of all state utility consumer advocate offices in the PJM region, an area spanning all or parts of 13 states and D.C. In his new role, Poulos’ duties will include being a constant presence at PJM stakeholder meetings. (See CAPS Leader Looking to Pass the Torch.)
In a news release distributed Wednesday, CAPS President Robert Mork, of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, cited Poulos’ “strong mix of experience and a deep understanding of the people and processes at PJM” as a major benefit for the organization.
“Dan Griffiths served our organization well as it began formal operations,” Mork said. “Hiring Greg represents the next major step as CAPS works with its members to ensure consumer interests are taken into account at PJM. Bills paid by the region’s consumers include billions of dollars in PJM charges each year, and effective participation in the PJM stakeholder process has become vital to ensuring reasonable prices and reliable power in each of our states.”
Poulos called the opportunity “a great honor” and noted the cooperative nature of the CAPS membership, despite their distance and often disparate interests.
CAPS got its initial funding from a 2012 FERC market manipulation settlement with Constellation Energy. Last year, FERC approved PJM’s creation of a funding mechanism to support the organization through a charge to residential electric customers. (See FERC Approves PJM Funding of Consumer Advocates.)