As the former director of future grids at EirGrid, Walsh drove the identification and implementation of new technologies and strategies for the Irish Transmission System Operator (TSO), which also owns SONI, the TSO in Northern Ireland. Over the course of his career, Walsh held several leadership positions in corporate affairs, strategy, and market readiness at EirGrid as well as executive and advisory roles at the Irish and European Wind Energy Associations.
“Right now the energy industry is facing some of its most significant changes in over a century. Technology like Smart Wires helps utilities thrive in this new environment by enabling them to respond quicker, cheaper and with a lower impact on the environment,” Walsh explained. “I am excited to join Smart Wires and to work with our European clients to implement these innovations.”
James Davis, CEO of Smart Wires, commented, “Electric generation sources are changing dramatically in Europe and there is considerably less certainty than 10, or even five years ago. European transmission companies have begun to actively seek Smart Wires’ solutions as part of a strategy to navigate this change and optimize their networks. I am delighted that Michael Walsh will be spearheading Smart Wires’ efforts in Europe as we seek to grow our business and deliver the highest standard of service to our clients.”
About Smart Wires
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, Smart Wires is the leader in grid optimization solutions that leverage its patented distributed power flow control technology. Driven by a world-class leadership team with extensive experience delivering innovative solutions, Smart Wires works with utilities globally to address the unique challenges of the rapidly evolving electric system. Smart Wires technology was developed by utilities for utilities, led by a consortium of large US utilities at the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC). This core group of utilities, which included Southern Company, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), defined the vision for the original technology. Today, the system is rapidly becoming part of the utility tool kit as more and more electric utilities explore new ways to alleviate congestion, improve network utilization, manage changing generation profiles and maintain reliable electric service.