The GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) has elected Mark Knight as its new chairman, and four new council members David Forfia, Jeff Gooding, James Mater and Jeffrey Taft, effective from January 23, 2013.

Knight is an executive consultant at CGI, with more than 25 years of experience included a mix of information technology and business process work both as a consultant and as a utility employee in the UK and the US. He has been a member of the GridWise Architecture Council since January 2012.

“I look forward to leading GWAC, and together with our excellent new and existing members, working to advance the implementation of an interoperable, smart grid,” said Knight.

David Forfia is vice president of IT and director of enterprise architecture at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), where he is responsible for the delivery of all infrastructure services and the systems which maintain electric grid operations 24/7.

Jeff Gooding is general manager of IT at Southern California Edison, where he leads a team of smart grid architects, communications and cyber security engineers to support SCE’s Advanced Technologies Organization.

James Mater founded and has held several executive positions at QualityLogic Inc. He is currently co-founder and general manager, smart grid, working on QualityLogic's smart grid strategy, including work with GWAC, the Pacific Northwest smart grid demonstration project, and giving papers and presentations on interoperability.

Dr. Jeffrey Taft is distinguished engineer and chief architect at Cisco Systems where he has led architecture development and directed delivery teams for several smart grid projects including METC, CenterPoint Energy Smart Grid Integration Proof Point, and Xcel SmartGridCity.

The new members are joined by two re-elected members, H. Ward Camp, vice president of regulatory and energy policy at Landis+Gyr North America, and Tracy Markie, president of Engenuity Systems.

The GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote and enable interoperability among the entities that interact with the nation's electric power system.