Harold Spiess, NCSO
SERC Reliability Corporation Senior O&P Compliance Auditor
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Harold Spiess joined SERC in February of 2016. Prior to joining SERC, Harold worked for PPL Electric Utilities located in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 2012 to 2016 as a Transmission System Outage Coordinator and Transmission System Operator. As a Transmission System Outage Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, he was responsible for the research, development, and coordination of outages on the PPL Bulk Electrical System and sub-transmission system. Harold performed daily, weekly, and long range risk assessments of planned and unplanned system outages to ensure system reliability and safety. From 2012 to 2014 Harold was a real time Transmission System Operator of the PPL Bulk Electrical System and was responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the transmission and sub-transmission system during normal and emergency conditions. Harold was the PPL Transmission Control Center representative on LEVEL 1 Environmental, Health & Safety Team. In 2015 Harold attended OSHA 10 training. From 2007 to 2012, Harold worked for First Energy in Reading, Pennsylvania as a Transmission System Operator. He was responsible for the reliable and safe operation of the Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, and New Jersey Central Power and Light Transmission and Sub-transmission System located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. From 2000 to 2007, Harold worked as a control room operator at Reliant Energy’s Titus Power Station located in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was responsible for the timely economic load dispatch to the PJM Market and daily operation of three fossil fueled eighty-two megawatt generators and two oil fueled seventeen megawatt simple cycle combustion turbines.
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From 1999 to 2000, Harold was a control room operator at Cinergy’s Westwood Power Station located in Tremont, Pennsylvania and was responsible for the daily continuous operation and monitoring of a thirty-four megawatt generator which was powered from a waste coal Circulating Fluidized Bed boiler. Harold enlisted in the United States Navy in 1983 and served to 1995. He was a Naval Nuclear Electrician Supervisor serving aboard five United States Navy nuclear submarines from 1985 to 1994.
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