Chris is a Director in the Energy practice. He has more than 12 years' experience in utility regulation and management; specifically, creating and managing regulatory departments, creating and implementing regulatory policy, assessing and improving reliability compliance programs, leading large working groups for policy and strategy implementation, heading large-scale settlement negotiations, and performing compliance, risk, operational, and financial analyses. Chris has a strong skill set in the tools and strategies necessary to develop and improve reliability compliance programs.
Prior to Navigant, Chris was the Director of Compliance Risk Analysis and Enforcement at WECC (Western Electricity Coordinating Council) where he led a team of regulatory professionals, cyber security professionals and electrical engineers. During his 7 years at WECC, Chris created and developed the Compliance Risk Analysis and Enforcement teams and led the development of all the tools, processes, policies, and procedures, which paved the way for how WECC monitors and enforces all Reliability Standards in the Western Interconnection. Specifically, he created or significantly contributed to many of WECC’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement processes, including Self-Reports, Self-Certifications, Mitigation Plans, Audits, Violation Processing, Settlements and Penalties, NERC and FERC Reporting, Compliance Program Assessments, and the Reliability Assurance Initiatives (RAI) processes including the Compliance Exceptions, Self-Logging, Inherent Risk Assessments and Internal Controls Evaluations. As part of these processes, Chris worked collaboratively with electric utilities to solve reliability and compliance problems and to improve compliance programs.
Chris also worked closely with NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation), FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), the electric utilities and other industry stakeholders to establish and augment the regulatory regime. He was one of the significant contributors in the development of the NERC Find Fix and Track and Compliance Exception Programs and the Reliability Assurance Initiative, including the Internal Controls Evaluation and Inherent Risk Assessment Processes. Chris served as the Chair of the National Enforcement Sanction and Mitigation Working Group from 2010 to 2012.
Prior to his experience at WECC, Chris was a Technical Consultant at the Utah Division of Public Utilities specializing in economic, financial, and regulatory issues pertaining to the energy and telecommunication industries.