More Power to the People
Jerry Fan, PMP,
What is the objective of one of your larger
programs, the US$1.5 billion New England
East-West Solution Program?
The demand for electricity in this region has evolved
considerably over the past five to seven years. This
six-year program, scheduled to be completed in 2016,
addresses line overload and voltage violations in the
western Massachusetts and Connecticut area to
improve reliability and performance. The program’s
first project, the Greater Springfield Reliability Project,
included 35 miles ( 56 kilometers) of brand-new transmission line and about 27 miles ( 43 kilometers) of
rebuilt transmission line.
Your team completed that project on
time and US$40 million below its US$718
The essence of Jerry Fan’s job is simple: He helps
power the lives of people living in the northeastern region of the United States. In practice, his
work managing major electricity transmission and
distribution programs for utility organizations is
complex. It involves stakeholder, regulatory and
even weather-related challenges. And that can lead
to other challenges, like scheduling. In one case, his
team accomplished three years’ worth of work in
two. Program budgets range from US$650 million
to US$1.5 billion.
Mr. Fan’s organization—the engineering and
design firm and PMI Global Executive Council
member Burns & McDonnell—has taken notice of
his project management prowess. It promoted him
last year from program manager to vice president.