Kevin Coffee, P.E.
Vice President Electric Operations
Kevin is the Vice President of Electric Operations at ZGlobal with over 36 years of hands-on experience in the energy industry. Kevin began his career as an electrical design engineer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. After his time at Diablo Canyon, he worked on implementing PG&E’s first generation of energy management system real-time power system applications used to monitor PG&E’s generation and transmission system. He has also worked in PG&E’s power and transmission contracts department where he negotiated and administered both FERC and CPUC jurisdictional contracts as well as provided testimony for PG&E’s electricity procurement operations under the CPUC’s Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) and Energy Cost Adjustment Clause (ECAC) proceedings. After the California Energy Crisis of 2000, Kevin headed up the effort to reestablish PG&E’s electricity procurement desk in order to manage PG&E’s generation fleet that included hydro, natural gas, qualifying facilities, nuclear and renewable resources. These resources supply PG&E’s load and interact with the California Independent System Operator’s market.
Since 2010, Kevin has led ZGlobal’s Electric Operations team that provides custom designed services to our clients that include energy scheduling, reliability services, portfolio management, power purchase agreement support and enterprise energy management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University.
Energy Storage Project Implementation
Coachella Energy Storage Partners retained ZGlobal to implement a 30 MW/20 MWh lithium ion energy storage project in a Southern California utility’s balancing area to allow the utility to better integrate solar energy production in its overall energy portfolio to serve its customers. ZGlobal’s role was to manage the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the energy storage project. That included:
• Project managing engineering, procurement and construction effort
• Developing of and performing testing procedures for integration with IID’s energy management system
• Ensuring that project was on-line prior to December 31, 2016 deadline
• Ensuring that project was completed within budget
• Monitoring performance to ensure compliance with requirements for 18 months after commissioning
• Final closeout of project
Operationalize Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) chose ZGlobal to provide start-up and on-going operational services as part of its successful effort to bring cost-effective, renewable energy to the communities it serves in the Silicon Valley.
ZGlobal’s role is to provide the following services:
• Load Forecasting
• Risk Management Policy development
• Congestion Revenue Rights (CRRs) management
• Operational reporting
Risk Management Program Support
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) brought ZGlobal in to assist with development of its risk program for energy procurement for its nearly 200-member communities located in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming. MEAN’s risk program covers energy procurement, financial transmission rights, transmission congestion rights and auction revenue rights in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO).
Kevin holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. Kevin is also a certified Professional Engineer in the State of California.