FERC Fives – Terron Hill
Five questions that help us get to know employees within and that support the FERC Jurisdiction.
Terron Hill, director of Network Strategy for the FERC Jurisdiction, began his career at National Grid in 2004.
Tell us about your career at National Grid. How did you transition into your current role?
When I was a sophomore at Cornell University, I took advantage of the Cornell Internship Program, which links Cornell alumni with current students. As it happened there was an alumna working for National Grid in the UK who offered me an opportunity to intern over there to learn about National Grid. I was able to see firsthand how the System Operator functions, explore government affairs, and learn how the business is regulated. My major was Economics but following that internship I decided to concentrate my studies on energy deregulation. I subsequently worked as in intern in our Washington, DC office. My master’s degree is in public policy with a focus on energy markets and deregulation of the electric industry.
I’ve been in a number of different groups at National Grid. I’ve spent some time in Federal Affairs, and what was once called the Wholesale Markets and NYISO team, and had roles as director of Transmission Policy and RTO Coordination, as well as director US Strategy and Group Technology.
How do you contribute to the FERC Jurisdiction achieving its goals?
As director of Network Strategy I’m responsible for the overall investment portfolio of our New England transmission business, which includes Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. I work with the various functions across Electric Process Engineering as well as Operations and Regulatory in order to assure that we are successfully investing in our network. With the changing dynamics of our energy networks, I’m also focused on how we pursue and deploy new technologies and innovation on our transmission system.
What has been your most memorable moment to date at National Grid?
In the 13 years I’ve been with National Grid there have been many memorable moments, but I would have to say my time during storm duty tops the list. I’m often put on the night shift, working with people from different areas of the business and different backgrounds who are in their storm role, many times putting together work packets and doing damage assessment. Getting to know them in that environment, when everyone is concentrated on the common goal of trying to get the lights back on, gives you the sense of an extended family. It’s an informal, but rigorous setting during which many people shine, so you see them at their best.
What was your dream job growing up?
When I started college I was pre-med and thought I was going to be a doctor. When I did an internship at a doctor’s office I was cured of that thought. I was very interested in public service, which prompted me to redirect my studies to Economics because I wanted to focus on the public service aspect of markets. When I started learning more about National Grid I realized that we provide a public service. It’s just more directed at investing in networks and infrastructure.
What do you do for fun outside of work at National Grid?
I’m involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Boston. Every other week or so I’m down at one of the clubs engaging with the kids, tutoring or playing ping pong which is always fun.
In addition to that I love to travel. My internship in the UK was my first trip abroad and I was able to spend four months traveling around Europe while I was there. I spent the following summer backpacking throughout Europe on my own. This year I hiked through Yosemite and Death Valley, which was very hot. My next adventure is a trip to Africa in March. I plan to visit Victoria Falls and take a train along the Garden Route that wraps around the coast of South Africa.