New York Electric
Dr. Brian Gemmell brings more than 25 years of experience in the electric power transmission industry to his role as Chief Operating Officer, New York Electric. In this role, Brian leads the electric business in New York and is responsible for all electric business operational delivery, compliance and financial results.
He joined National Grid in 2017 as Vice President of Strategy and Performance for National Grid’s FERC-regulated businesses. In 2019, he advanced to Vice President of Transmission Asset Management & Planning and Capital Delivery Electric across New England and New York, where he led the development, prioritization and management of 10-year transmission $10B CAPEX plans, execution of $800M annual complex electrical project portfolio, as well as operations and maintenance of our 2GW HVDC facility. His most recent role was Chief Clean Energy Development Officer, where he led National Grid’s pursuit of clean energy business opportunities for regulated energy networks in support of future New York and New England State goals.
Previously, Dr. Gemmell was Vice President of Transmission Solutions at Siemens, enabling the adoption of new, complete turnkey technologies to improve the reliability and efficiency of transmission systems across the US. He also was general manager of Siemens’ US-based Power Technologies International, as well as Business Development Manager in FACTS and HVDC Solutions for Siemens and ALSTOM (now GE).
His career began at ScottishPower in the UK, where he held positions in Substation Engineering, Asset Management and Transmission Planning.
Dr. Gemmell has an MEng (1990) and a PhD (1995) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. During 1992, he spent six months as a Visiting Engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is a past President and currently on the Board of Director of WIRES, an international non-profit trade association that promotes investment in electric transmission and progressive state and federal policies that advance development of electric power infrastructure.