Bill Thomson is the Operations Manager of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. He will present from a remote utility's point of view and discuss the need for grid bridging systems.
Bill supervises the cooperative's line operations, generation operations and all field construction programs. He started work at AVEC in 2001 as an engineer, then became the Training and Technology Superintendent in 2006. In August 2016, he was appointed Manager of Operations.
In recent years, he has provided the expertise necessary to automate and integrate wind into AVEC's small diesel grids. Bill is currently responsible for the operation, maintenance and construction of AVEC's generation and distribution systems including fuel logistics, warehousing and wind systems.
Bill has been engineering electrical power systems and equipment for over 40 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia and is a professional engineer registered in both British Columbia and Alaska.