Often in the wake of a blackout, the focus is on what caused the power to go out, but we seldom hear how utilities get the power back on. In this episode, Dave Whitehead talks with Bill Cook, a power system expert with more than four decades of experience, about how he worked with the operations team at San Diego Gas & Electric to get the lights back on after the 2011 blackout in Southern California.
Retired from San Diego Gas & Electric
William J. Cook retired in December 2018 after 42 years of service at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.6 million customers in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
During his career at SDG&E, Cook developed control and protection strategies for transmission and distribution, worked closely with the utility’s operations groups, created solutions for regulatory compliance issues, and promoted Smart Grid project development. Mr. Cook earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is a registered professional engineer in California and a member of IEEE. Following his retirement at SDG&E, Mr. Cook has provided consulting engineering services for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.