Transmission Interconnection in an RTO World: Transmission Planning/Construction/Interconnection in the MISO Footprint

Event Description

Deadline to Register: Friday, February 19, 2016

The electric industry is continuing to evolve and the transmission sector is no exception.  Please join us to hear three speakers from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) address topics regarding comprehensive transmission system planning in the MISO footprint, recent changes to the interconnection queue process, and competitive transmission development consistent with FERC Order 1000.

Please join us for lunch beginning at Noon, followed by the program from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Box lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Friday, February 19.


Vikram Godbole, Rao Konidena and Priti Patel

Vikram Godbole, Senior Manager, Resource Interconnection Planning at MISO, will address recently proposed changes to the interconnection queue. 

Godbole has over 16 years of diverse experience in the electric utility industry, including Regional Transmission Organizations, acquired by working for MISO, California ISO and PPL Electric Utilities. He has been with MISO since 2005. Godbole started in the Forward Operations group as a Senior Transmission Security Planning Engineer where he was responsible for performing, and coordinating the Next Day Reliability analyses with Real Timer Operations and the Day Ahead Market groups. Godbole later transitioned to the Transmission Planning division where he was responsible for managing the Long Term Transmission service queue from 2008 till 2010. For the past 5 years, Godbole has been managing the Generator Interconnection Queue for the entire MISO footprint and also actively supporting the recent Resource Adequacy initiatives.
Prior to joining MISO in 2005, Godbole worked at California ISO as a Bay Area Operations engineer and as a Bulk Planning Engineer at PPL Electric Utilities. Godbole was responsible for performing highly technical Planning and Operations studies that involved day to day scenario analysis, development of long term generation operating guides, international consulting assignments, generation portfolio optimization analysis, Market Design, Outage Coordination, Summer Assessments and Bulk Power planning.
Godbole holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in  Electrical Engineering. Godbole is also pursuing his CFA designation by taking the Level II exam in 2016.

Rao Konidena is a Principal Advisor at MISO and will address the transmission planning process. 

Konidena began his work with MISO in the areas of resource adequacy and transmission planning . He and his team developed demand side and clean technology options as alternatives to generation in the 20 year long term transmission expansion planning process.  Konidena is currently involved in the development of a comprehensive approach towards implementing state and federal policy objectives around increased penetration of energy storage and renewables. Konidena has an MBA from the University of Minnesota and MSEE (Master of Science in Electrical Engineering) from the University of Texas at Arlington. Konidena is a member of Finnish American Chamber of Commerce and volunteers at City of Roseville, Minnesota on the Finance Commission.

Priti Patel serves as the Regional Executive for North Region of MISO and will discuss the competitive transmission development process consistent with FERC Order 1000. 
In her role at MISO, Patel is responsible for customer and state regulatory affairs for the North Region of MISO and competitive transmission administration for the entire MISO footprint.

Previous to MISO, she was employed by Xcel Energy in a variety of roles.  At Xcel Energy, Patel served as Assistant General Counsel, focusing on state and federal regulatory, utility innovations and inventions to support the Company’s environmental initiatives, transmission development and energy markets matters.  She served as the Company’s lead counsel over the CapX 2020 Transmission Expansion Initiative - a joint initiative of 11 utilities in Minnesota and the surrounding region to plan and construct 4 large transmission lines to ensure electric reliability for years to come.  Patel later served roles in operations as the Director, Regional Transmission Development and Co-Executive Director for CapX2020, Director, Strategic Transmission Initiatives and in corporate strategy as Senior Director, Strategy & Planning.

Prior to joining Xcel Energy in 2005, Patel was an Assistant Attorney General at the Minnesota Office of Attorney General in the Telecommunications and Energy Division.  Prior to joining the Minnesota Office of Attorney General in 1997, Patel was an attorney with the law firm of Meagher & Geer in Minneapolis, primarily focusing on construction and design related litigation.

Patel received her Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law; and a Bachelor of Business Administration - Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 2004, she was awarded a Humphrey Institute Policy Forum Fellowship from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. 

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE credits applied for | Event Code: 215850


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States