Bai Blyden

Bai K Blyden currently serves as a Senior Engineer with Southern Nuclear services under the Calculations Design Basis Validation Program for Configuration Management on the 2 x 940 MW Plant Hatch Nuclear plant. Over his career he has contributed his expertise to over forty major and minor power plant projects and their associated interconnections in various capacities of electrical systems design, operations planning, project development and construction management. Among his more notable assignments, Mr. Blyden served as Project Manager on the team, which planned the Calpine 70,000 MW development program. Within this scope he also served as onsite Construction Manager for the California Emergency Peaker Program which planned and managed the construction and commissioning of eleven (11x 45 MW) General Electric LM6000 gas turbine units under California executive order D-26-01 issued to protect the grid around Silicon Valley at the peak of the 2001 California energy crisis. Mr. Blyden has also worked on large Nuclear, hydro and mid to small distributed energy systems as well as having held senior technical consulting and staff positions with various utilities and AE firms such as TVA; Pacific Gas & Electric; The New York Power Authority, Texas Utilities, ABB among others. An early advocate of an Integrated African Grid, Mr. Blyden has presented a conceptual framework and technical analysis for a centralized African Power pool with links to North Africa at the first IEEE Region 8 conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, December 1983. Since then authored numerous papers on African Energy Development with a particular emphasis on the strategic role of Micro Grids and Knowledge development. Mr. Blyden earned an MS.EE from Moscow Energetics Institute in Power Systems, Generation and Industrial Distribution Systems and is a member of the IEEE International Practices Subcommittee. Fluent in multiple languages Mr. Blyden brings a multicultural mindset and an exceptional relationship building acumen. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves as Chair of the IEEE PES International Practices subcommittee for Africa. He is also an advisor to Centric Ltd a commercial startup focused on the development of sustainable Green Housing and general building systems and to the strategic consulting group BBRM.