in 1980 as executive vice president and was elected president in 1982. Prior to joining NERC, he was general manager of the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group—a voluntary power pool for Florida’s electric utilities. Before that, he held several positions in both operations and planning at the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. He earned a BSEE at Texas A&M and an MSEE at the University of Southern California (USC). He has taught in the graduate schools of USC and Loyola and is a registered professional engineer.
Diane Munns is executive director, Retail Energy Services, Edison Electric Institute. Until January 2007, she served on the three-member Iowa Utilities Board following her appointment in June 1999 after 15 years of service as a regulatory attorney. She was chair of the board from October 2001 until March 10, 2005; her current term as a member ends April 30, 2009. Ms. Munns assumed the presidency of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in mid-term 2005 for a term running through 2006. She is a member of the Committee on Electricity and of the Executive Committee and serves on the board of directors. She is a past chair of the NARUC Committee on Finance and Technology. She serves on the Advisory Council to the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, is a member of the Advisory Council of the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities, and serves on the Energy Board of the Keystone Center of Science and Public Policy. Ms. Munns is also co-chair of the Leadership Group for the Energy Efficiency Action Plan for the EPA. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Organization of MISO States Inc. Ms. Munns received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and her law degree from Drake University.
Sharon L. Nelson retired as chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in 2006. She also served as director of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce, and Technology at the University of Washington School of Law from 2000 to 2003, as chair of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission from 1985 to 1997 and as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners from 1989 to 1990. She serves on the boards of Consumers Union, Itron, and the North American Reliablity Corporation. She is a commissioner on the bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy. She received her B.A. from Carleton College, M.A.T. from the University of Chicago, and J.D. from the University of Washington.
David K. Owens is executive vice president, Business Operations, Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Previously, Mr. Owens served as EEI senior vice president of finance, regulation, and power supply policy, focusing on enhancement of industry representation on such issues as the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), the Federal Power Act, cogeneration and independent power production, transmission access, and bulk power and transmission pricing. He also has responsibility for representing the industry in the areas of finance, rate making, regulation, accounting, and taxes. Mr. Owens also served as vice president of power supply policy, overseeing work on a broad range of issues related to power supply policy and the regulatory structure of the electric utility industry. He joined EEI in 1980 as director of rates and regulation. His responsibilities included coordinating industry positions on rate-related matters before federal, executive, and congressional committees. Prior to joining EEI, Mr. Owens served as chief engineer of the Division of Corporate Regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a division responsible for regulating public utility holding companies. Mr. Owens also was an engineer in the Division of Rates and Corporate Regulation at the former Federal Power Commission and worked as a design and a test engineer for General Electric and Philadelphia Electric Companies, respectively. He is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. Mr. Owens holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Howard University and an M.S. in engineering administration from George Washington University.
Louis L. Rana is president and chief operating officer of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, a position to which he was elected effective September 1, 2005. Mr. Rana joined Con Edison in 1969 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in electric operations, system operations, and engineering. From February 2003 until his election as president, Mr. Rana was senior vice president of Electric Operations, with overall responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the company’s electric system in New York City and Westchester County. He was appointed chief engineer of Distribution Engineering in 1993. He served as general manager of Manhattan Electric Operations in 1997 and was general manager of System Operations during 1997 and 1998. Mr. Rana was named vice president of System and Transmission Planning in 1998 and vice president of Manhattan Electric Operations in 2000. Mr. Rana is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Research Advisory Committee for the Electric Power Research Institute. He received a B.S. in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Rana is a licensed professional engineer.
B. Don Russell Jr. (NAE) is Regents Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A& University. His research interests are in electric power engineering, power systems protection, control, and computer automation. His policy interests are in energy systems and economics. He is also the director of the Texas