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Xiaoguang Li is an electrical engineer with over ten years experience in electric power systems analysis, research, and software development. His expertise is in the modeling and analysis of the transmission system and wholesale electricity markets.Previously Mr. Li was a Research Fellow at Boston University, where he collaborated with researchers from seven institutions in the development of transmission topology optimization technology as part of a DOE ARPA-E grant.Mr. Li was also a Consultant at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, where he supported clients in regulatory, litigation, and business strategy matters involving topology optimization technology, revenue calculation, engineering analysis, asset valuation and feasibility studies.Previously, Mr. Li was a Consulting Associate at Charles River Associates (CRA).Mr. Li has published in the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and international conferences on topics related to transmission topology optimization and wind integration and uncertainty management.
Dr. Richard Tabors is an economist and scientist with extensive domestic and international experience in energy planning and pricing. Prior to co-founding NewGrid, he was Vice President and Energy Practice leader at Charles River Associates from 2004 to 2012. He is founder and president of Tabors Caramanis Rudkevich (2014) and was previously founder and president of Tabors Caramanis & Associates from 1988 until its sale to Charles River Associates in 2004.Dr. Tabors was co-director of the MIT Energy Initiative’s Utility of the Future project. He has provided expert assistance and testimony in numerous energy sector regulatory and arbitration cases at the federal, state, and provincial levels throughout the United States and Canada. He has also provided technical assistance on electricity markets and market development to policymakers, utilities, merchant power developers, and transmission companies in North America, Europe, Latin America, Australia, and the Middle East.Dr. Tabors was a member of the MIT team that developed the theory of spot pricing upon which real-time pricing and locational marginal pricing of electricity and transmissions services are based (Spot Pricing of Electricity, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1988). He subsequently led teams addressing the restructuring of power markets in the United Kingdom, throughout the United States, and in Canada. He has held a variety of research and teaching positions at MIT including assistant director of the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, and associate director of the Technology and Policy master’s program. He is also a Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Dr Tabors holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Economic from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and an honorary Doctor of Science in Engineering from the University of Strathclyde.
Dr. Pablo Ruiz is an electrical engineer with over fifteen years of experience in electric power systems analysis, research and software development. He specializes in power system operations and planning, renewable power integration and the modeling, analysis and design of wholesale electricity markets.Dr. Ruiz is also an Associate Research Professor at Boston University, where he served as the Principal Investigator for the DOE ARPA-E Topology Control Algorithms project, leading a team of researchers from seven institutions in the development of transmission topology control technology. In addition, he is a Senior Consultant at economic consulting firm The Brattle Group, where he supports utilities, system operators, technology vendors, project developers and other organizations.Previously, Dr. Ruiz was an Associate Principal at Charles River Associates (CRA), and a Power Systems Engineer at AREVA T&D, where he developed and implemented the first stochastic unit commitment software program based on the leading power market engine in North America.Dr. Ruiz has published articles in the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and has presented papers at international conferences on transmission topology optimization, renewables integration and uncertainty management, power flow analysis, voltage stability, operating reserve requirements, transmission expansion and unit commitment.Dr. Ruiz has held Research and Teaching Assistant positions at the University of Illinois and at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Argentina. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.