VALLEY FORGE, Pa., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PJM Interconnection has named Chris O'Hara as vice president and deputy general counsel. O'Hara will provide legal support for PJM regulatory and commercial business needs and manage attorneys and staff in those areas.
"Chris has extensive in-house and private law firm experience in energy, litigation, regulatory affairs, compliance and other areas relevant to the work we do at PJM," said Vince Duane, senior vice president and general counsel. "I'm confident that he'll be a great addition to the individual and collective talent that makes up the Legal Department."
O'Hara most recently worked at NRG Energy where he spent 12 years in leadership positions. He held positions of increasing management responsibility within the law department of NRG Energy and as a member of the senior management teams of NRG Energy and various subsidiaries, including serving as general counsel for the company's two largest business units – Gulf Coast Region and Reliant Energy.
As general counsel of these divisions, O'Hara managed 20 attorneys and paralegals. He also has expertise in legal support for regulatory affairs, business solutions, corporate supply chain and engineering, procurement and construction.
O'Hara received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
PJM Interconnection, founded in 1927, ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power system serving 65 million people in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation of the region's transmission grid, which includes over 82,000 miles of transmission lines; administers a competitive wholesale electricity market; and plans regional transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and relieve congestion. PJM's regional grid and market operations produce annual savings of $2.8 billion to $3.1 billion. For the latest news about PJM, visit PJM Inside Lines at insidelines.pjm.com.
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SOURCE PJM Interconnection