Phillip Harris

Phillip Harris

Senior Fellow
PennFuture Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment

Phillip G. Harris is a 30-year energy industry veteran. For over 15 years, Mr. Harris was the President and Chief Executive Officer of PJM Interconnection and Chairman of the PJM Board.

Originating from a eight utility company agreement, under Mr. Harris’s leadership and vision, PJM became the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market, which now ensures the reliability of the largest centrally dispatched grid in the world. PJM’s members total more than 450 and serve about 51 million people. PJM has administered about $71 billion in energy and energy-service trades since the regional markets opened in 1997. Mr. Harris’s legacy is noted for the development and implementation of today’s highly sophisticated complex energy system. More than 70 nations have sent delegates to PJM to learn from Mr. Harris about PJM’s market model and the operation of the electric grid.

Currently, Mr. Harris is a senior fellow in PennFuture’s Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment. Mr. Harris serves as a Technical Innovation Advisor to North China Grid Company and as an advisor to several European companies. He is the developer of the Tres Amigas Superstation project. A project that will enable power flows across all three interconnections in North America. He also serves on several Boards or Directors.

A native of New Mexico, Mr. Harris is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. He earned his Master of Arts in Business Management, with an emphasis on research and statistical methodology, from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a Computer Systems Professional.