Benjamin Ryan ’10 finished the management training program at National Grid, in Waltham, Mass., last year and now works full time in the Regulation and Pricing Department. Ryan was recently promoted to analyst from associate analyst.
“I work with a group of analysts to support the various regulatory filings National Grid needs to make,” explains Ryan. I have spent a significant amount time designing dynamic or Time of Use rates for National Grid’s upcoming Smart Grid pilot. These rates allow the utility to reward customers for shifting consumption to typically lower priced times. I have also spent time supporting the discovery process for rate cases in both New York and Rhode Island.”
Earlier this year, he was among employees who received the company’s Chairman’s Award for his role in the Green2Growth Summit that provided community outreach and education related to the Smart Grid pilot.
Ryan earned a B.A. in economics and environmental studies magna cum laude from Hobart and completed an honors project, “The Economics of Climate Change.”
“My education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges definitely prepared me for life after college,” says Ryan. “My understanding of environmental studies has helped me understand how the utility and renewables work and my economics classes have helped me understand how a natural monopoly such as National Grid functions, and perform insightful analysis.”
He notes the skills he developed at HWS in use of computer software and tools as well as the ability to learn quickly have been “invaluable” at National Grid.
As a student, Ryan was a member of the debate team and was the house manager for Bampton House. He was also inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon National Honor Society for economics. Ryan participated in the semester abroad program in Copenhagen, discovering what is now one of his favorite places in the world.
“Definitely go abroad, explore, and pursue what you love,” he advises. “I became fascinated by the energy industry and utilities from Professor of Economics Tom Drennen’s Environmental Economics class and have pursued it ever since. Before that class, I had no interest in energy or the environment, but it truly changed my life.”