Steve Herling Honored at Members Committee for 30 Years of Service

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Steve Herling, described as an “institution” of PJM Planning wisdom, will retire June 30 after three decades at PJM Interconnection.

At the May 4 teleconference Members Committee meeting, his successor as Vice President of Planning, Ken Seiler, honored Herling’s years of service and unique contribution to the organization.

“He really is an institution at PJM,” said Seiler. “We can thank him for helping create this robust, reliable transmission system that we have today.”

Herling was the original architect of the PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Plan in 1998, and he created what has become PJM’s current generation interconnection process. He knows the topography of the PJM region like no one else, Seiler noted.

“I appreciate his depth of knowledge about any and all things planning, his guidance and leadership and, in recent years, his advice to me while I attempt to fill his size-14 shoes.” Seiler said. 

Herling was the original architect of the PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Plan in 1998, and he created what has become PJM’s current generation interconnection process.

“He knows the topography of the PJM region like no one else,” Seiler continued.

Herling received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked at American Electric Power Service Corp. for eight years and then General Public Utilities Service Corp. before landing at PECO in May 1990 as an engineer in the Operations Planning Branch. His job at PECO transitioned to PJM in 1993.

Herling began his work at PJM as an engineer and became vice president of Planning in 2004, a position which he held until beginning his transition last year as a senior consultant. He called the PJM Planning team staff “second to none.”

“It’s hard to believe 30 years has gone by – it seems like yesterday,” Herling said at the Member Committee meeting. “As they say, time flies when you’re having fun.”