(ARLINGTON, VA.) – The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) announced today that Jim Spiers has been named vice-president of technology, engineering and economic analysis. In this position, Spiers will lead NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network® (CRN). Spiers currently serves as senior vice president of business strategy/chief technology officer for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in Westminster, Colo.
CRN, the technology research arm of NRECA, conducts collaborative research with its cooperative members, national labs and industry partners to accelerate technological innovation that can benefit utilities, and especially co-ops, worldwide.
“Jim Spiers brings an ideal blend of co-op experience and vision to CRN’s unique research program,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “Not only co-ops but utilities across the globe stand to benefit from Jim’s leadership and a robust technology portfolio driven by the needs of co-op consumer-members at the end-of-the-line.”
Spiers has directed Tri-State’s engagement in several high-profile research initiatives, including carbon dioxide mitigation through inducement prize development (XPRIZE), development of an R&D test center at a coal-fired power facility and the formation of an international network of researchers focused on capturing and converting carbon emissions from industrial complexes into an asset.
At Tri-State, Spiers has focused on scientific and technical issues, technology innovation, research and development, the transformation of capital into strategies to advance business objectives; leveraging intellectual property for the benefit of Tri-State members and analyzing the financial, operational and long-term performance of the organization.
Spiers’ more than 25 years of experience spans utility and infrastructure industry operations and planning, rate setting, regulation, restructuring, technology assessment, business planning and strategy and technology assessment. As an independent consultant prior to his tenure at Tri-State, Spiers helped clients on a diverse array of issues that ranged from technology assessments and business planning to rate recovery and regulatory compliance. Spiers also provided technology, market and regulatory research and consulting services to utilities world-wide through Gartner Inc.
Spiers served as director of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 1986 to 1991, and before that, as a hearings officer and researcher at the Colorado Department of Highways. Spiers has a law degree University of Colorado School of Law and a B.A. from Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.