PJM Interconnection has announced that President and CEO Manu Asthana has been named the 2024 chair of the ISO/RTO Council, an organization made up of nine grid operators in the United States and Canada.
The ISO/RTO Council, or IRC, was formed in 2003 to develop industrywide collaboration among grid operators and is committed toward working together to advance development of the North American electric grid. The IRC chair rotates annually among current IRC Board members.
Asthana succeeds John Bear, CEO of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, as chair of the IRC. As IRC chair, Asthana will continue supporting the organization’s work of sharing ideas and real-world best practices to maintain a reliable electric grid amid a historic energy transition.
“The collaboration with other ISOs and RTOs has provided invaluable insight as we navigate through these dynamic times in the energy industry,” Asthana said. “I am honored to play a part in continuing that tradition.”
As president and CEO of PJM Interconnection, Manu Asthana oversees the largest power grid in North America and one of the largest electricity markets in the world. He is responsible for the reliable operations, competitive markets and transmission planning for the organization serving 65 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
Asthana has served on the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council since September 2022 and is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council.