Jim Ketchledge


Jim Ketchledge, a certified PMP, is one of the most experienced and successful AMI and Smart Grid project managers in the industry and the founder, President and CEO of Excergy Corporation. He has built a career around successfully delivering highly complex and multidimensional projects ranging from space satellite systems to electrical utility Smart Grid projects. With more than 30 years of experience, Jim is a recognized leader in the utility industry who has helped dozens of clients from the early stages of projects through to “go-live.” He has melded project management skills, deep technical and engineering expertise, along with people and change management skills to manage all aspects of intricate implementations. His experience includes leading one of the very first Meter Data Management System (MDMS) implementations in the industry, deploying many complex utility projects, and rescuing troubled projects for various utilities. His project management work has contributed significantly to projects that have won industry awards for outstanding performance.

Jim joined GE at the start of his career and was selected for the Prestigious Edison Engineering program where he was a finalist for the Young Engineer of the Year in 1991. He then progressed through various engineering and management leadership positions at Hughes Electronics, Convergent Group, and Enspiria Solutions, where helped grow the start-up business from inception to successful acquisition by Black & Veatch in 2010. Jim has authored many articles and is a utility conference fixture with highly rated workshops and courses. His 2015 book, “Successful Smart Grid Implementation,” is the definitive guide on smart grid project development and implementation. Jim holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University and Syracuse University, respectively.