November 6, 2014
New Directors Announced:
Doug Johnson Named Director of System Protection and Communications
Doug Johnson has been selected to serve as Director of the new Division of System Protection and Communications at Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), effective July 13, 2014. Johnson, an Electrical Engineer specializing in power system protection, has most recently served as Chief of the System Meter and Protective Relay Maintenance Section within the former Division of Engineering and Planning.
Johnson came to Southwestern in 1988 from Carthage Water & Electric, in Carthage, Missouri, where he worked in maintenance while earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Missouri School of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). Since 1989, he has served as a program and project manager for a variety of projects within Southwestern’s Division of Engineering and Planning involving the replacement and installation of high voltage substation equipment, protective relay schemes, revenue metering, and various control systems. Johnson is a subject matter expert regarding system protection and related standards of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and in that capacity he served as a senior engineering contact for Southwestern’s Division of Scheduling and Operations and represented the agency when protective relay schemes were implemented in coordination with other entities. In 2006, Johnson completed an assignment as Supervisory Electronics Engineer over the telecommunication technicians in the Division of Scheduling and Operations. He has served as Section Chief of System Meter and Protective Relay Maintenance since 2007, managing and supervising a group of Southwestern’s system meter and protective relay craftsman and electrical engineers, and developing policies and procedures to promote reliability and improve work processes.
As Director of System Protection and Communications, Johnson says, “I look forward to leading a talented group of professionals focused on improving Southwestern’s system protection and communications reliability for Southwestern’s internal and external customers.”