Steve Klein is recognized for his expertise and vision with smart grid and the integration of advanced telecommunications technology with the electric delivery system. Mr. Klein is a leader in the study and development of renewable energy, having been instrumental in the filing of the first permits for the study of tidal and geothermal power systems in the Puget Sound area as well as adding new low-impact hydro, wind, solar and biomass projects to the PUD’s power supply portfolio. Mr. Klein is also leading a broad partnership effort to develop standardized, fully integrated energy storage technology that has plug-and-play application capability and can be economically mass-marketed to the utility industry.
A regional industry leader, Mr. Klein is active on many industry boards and associations, often in a leadership capacity, including:
- American Public Power Association (APPA)
- CEO Climate Change and Generation Policy Task Force
- Large Public Power Council (LPPC)
- Western Washington University Energy Program Founding Advisory Board
- Western Energy Institute (WEI)
- Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee (PNUCC)
- Public Power Council (PPC)
- Public Generating Pool (PGP)
- Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Customer Collaborative
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Renewables Advisory Committee
- Climate Solutions Advisory Committee
- Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA)
- Washington State Energy Strategy Advisory Committee and Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC).
Before joining the PUD in April 2006, Mr. Klein was the Superintendent for Tacoma Power for 13 years. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Klein was Tacoma Power’s Power Manager; he began his career at Tacoma Power in 1978 as an engineer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. Mr. Klein is recognized for creating the concept of “Electricom,” which speaks to the integration of advanced telecommunications technology with the electric distribution delivery system. His vision led to construction and successful operation of the Click! Network in Tacoma.