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Planning and Expansion

Planning and Expansion Staff

Lead Staff Member

Paul Didsayabutra

Paul Didsayabutra

Manager of Grid Planning

Paul Didsayabutra comes to ColumbiaGrid with 12 years of experience in the energy industry, most recently working for BrightSource Energy Incorporation which is a developer and co-owner of the current largest Solar Thermal Power Plant in the world. Prior to joining BrightSource, he worked at CAISO for nine years under various capacities. During his tenure at CAISO, his works involved both the technical studies such as Transmission Planning, Generation Interconnection, Resource Adequacy and supporting the development of various tariff and policies such as Transmission Planning Process (FERC Order 890) and other related issues.

Paul received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering as well as a Certificate in Business Administration. He is a member of IEEE Smart Grid, IEEE PES, and Sierra Club.

A native of Chonburi, Thailand, Paul enjoys traveling, hiking and photography.

Contact Info:
(503) 943-4956
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Additional Staff

Larry Furumasu

Larry Furumasu

Senior Planning Engineer

Larry joins ColumbiaGrid having recently retired from the Bonneville Power Administration after a 38 year career in the Transmission Planning and Customer Service engineering organizations of BPA. He brings a wealth of experience as a study team lead related to the reliability and expansion plans of the Pacific Northwest region including conducting system impact and interconnection studies, reliability assessments for NERC/WECC compliance certification and was a co-lead for BPA’s Attachment K regional planning coordination process.

Larry is a native of Spokane, WA and attended Washington State University, Pullman, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He is married with four grown children and lives in Oregon.

Contact Info:
(503) 943-4953 ofc
(503) 577-4219 cell
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Bo Gong

Bo Gong

Senior Planning Engineer

Bo joins ColumbiaGrid having spent the past year at the New York ISO where he was the technical lead on various transmission planning and interconnection studies. Prior to the ISO, he was employed by Siemens Energy, PTI. He was primarily responsible for dynamic modeling and model validation of various type power system devices in collaboration with all major manufacturers over the world. He also performed transmission planning studies and simulation software R&D. Bo has a strong background in power system dynamics / stability analysis. He has authored or co-authored over 20 industry related publications over his brief career.

Bo is a native of China and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He is married and recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest from the Schenectady/Albany New York area.

Contact Info:
(503) 943-4952 ofc
(518) 951-5203 cell
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Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

Senior Planning Engineer

Jonathan Young has been a Planning Engineer at ColumbiaGrid since March 2008. Prior to that, he spent four years as a Transmission Planning Engineer at PacifiCorp, preparing transmission planning studies and developing infrastructure improvement projects. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University in 2003 and is a member of IEEE.

Contact Info:
(503) 943-4957
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