Derek Sunderman

Vice President of Transmission

Derek has worked in the electric utility industry for over two decades in various roles, including engineering, key accounts management, real-time trading, contract origination, transmission rights portfolio management and policy development. In his current role, Derek leads Tradewind Energy’s efforts in “all things transmission”, including the responsibility to secure generation interconnection agreements (GIAs) for Tradewind’s growing portfolio of wind and solar resources. This effort includes oversight and hands-on activities pertaining to interconnection applications, process tracking, budgeting, model reviews, risk analysis, and GIA negotiations. Derek’s background in engineering, wholesale power and transmission activities has proven valuable in the negotiation of terms and conditions leading to multiple power purchase agreements.

Prior to joining Tradewind, Derek worked 17 years in the electric utility industry with multiple utilities including Central and South West, Westar Energy, and Kansas City Power & Light. Derek holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas.

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