Ziad Alaywan is the Chief Operating Officer of Tres Amigas. Additionally, Mr. Alaywan serves as the Chief Executive Officer for ZGlobal Inc. an engineering firm that was formed in early 2005 after working for almost a decade with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the control center responsible for ensuring a reliable power system for the state's 33 million residents. In 1996, prior to the formation of the CAISO, Mr. Alaywan worked for the CAISO trustees and led the start-up effort of the new organization, focusing on the development and implementation of the bidding, scheduling, pricing and settlements systems. He was one of the first employees hired by the CAISO in May of 1997, where he was instrumental in the start-up of the pioneering organization with responsibilities included hiring staff, negotiating multi-million dollar contracts, and managing several hundred million dollar projects with multiple vendors and utilities in governmental and stakeholder environments. Mr. Alaywan successfully implemented the CAISO markets and operating systems within one year, as was his charge.
Mr. Alaywan worked his way up to Director of Market Operations and Managing Director of Engineering and Operations Market Operations at the CAISO. His achievements at the CAISO included leading the start-up of grid operations and the redesign of the new market structure following the 2000-2001 power crisis.
Previous to his work at the CAISO, Mr. Alaywan was employed by Pacific Gas & Electric, the largest utility in California with over 23,000 MW of demand. Mr. Alaywan held the posts of Plant Engineer, Senior Operations Engineer, Transmission Planner and Manager of Real-Time Grid Operation from 1988 to 1990, Mr. Alaywan was lead engineer in implementing a new energy management system and a SCADA system for PG&E.
From 1990-1996, Mr. Alaywan supervised the real-time operations of PG&E generation, transmission, and scheduling in the Energy Control Center located in San Francisco.
Mr. Alaywan holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University. In 2002, he completed the Executive Management Program at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Alaywan has written over 50 publications on a variety of subjects from electricity market design to implementation and operation of the electric grid. He has given numerous testimonies at FERC, the California State legislation, the California State Senate and the CFTC. Mr. Alaywan is a certified Professional Engineer in the State of California and is a Senior IEEE member.