Leadership Team

Douglas R. Joens, P.E.


joensd@powersystem.org | 763-755-5122 | Minneapolis, MN

As President of PSE and Manager of System Planning and Line Design, Doug provides guidance in the areas of system planning and line design for both transmission and distribution. This guidance includes long range plans, construction work plans and system protection and sectionalizing studies in addition to work order inspection and electric utility operations. Doug’s experience also includes power supply analysis and large power contract drafting and negotiation on behalf of the client. Doug graduated from South Dakota State University at Brookings, South Dakota with a BSEE with a power emphasis. Doug is a Registered Professional Engineer in multiple states.


Richard J. Macke

Vice President, Economics, Rates, and Business Planning

macker@powersystem.org | 763-783-5349 | Minneapolis, MN

Rich leads the Economics, Rates, and Business Planning practice area at PSE where he serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He and his staff provide services to utilities and the utility industry in areas concerning business strategy, cost of service studies, rate design studies, demand-side management programs, resource planning, performance benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory support, and expert testimony. He is frequently called upon to speak to utility management, directors, commissioners, and industry associations on a broad range of topics related to utility economics, finance, rates, and business strategy. In addition, Rich is currently serving on a Customer-Owned Distributed Generation Committee for a G&T cooperative and on a Net Metering Rate Subcommittee with the Minnesota Rural Electric Association. He holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and has nearly 20 years of experience consulting with electric utilities.


Rick A. Schmidt

Vice President, Utility Automation and Communications

schmidtr@powersystem.org | 608-268-3502 | Madison, WI

Rick leads the Utility Automation and Communications Department at PSE. Rick and his staff provide automation and communications consulting and engineering services to utilities, including: technology work plans, strategic communications plans, procurement, SCADA design and project management of distribution automation, substation automation and design, AMI, demand response, GIS, MWM, AVL, OMS, IVR, and a variety of automation/communications areas, including land mobile radio, fiber and microwave backbones, mobile data, etc. Rick has over 25 years of professional relevant experience with an emphasis on the business side of technology. He has an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI.


Erik S. Sonju, P.E.

Vice President, Power Delivery Planning and Design

sonjue@powersystem.org | 608-268-3501 | Madison, WI

As a Vice President of PSE’s Power Delivery and Design, Erik is responsible for overseeing the firm’s activities related to transmission and distribution studies, line and substation design, and O&M guidance. Erik joined PSE in 2006 as a Leader of System Planning and eventually became responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in transmission and distribution line design.  Prior to joining PSE, he worked as a system engineer for a Michigan electric utility and as a planning engineer for a utility consulting firm in Minnesota.  His areas of expertise are distribution and transmission planning, system protection and sectionalizing, distribution and transmission line design, power quality investigations, connection of large loads, facility agreements and project management. Erik received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University with an emphasis in power systems and is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states.


Jeffrey M. Triplett, P.E.

Utility System Consultant

triplettj@powersystem.org | 740-568-9220 | Marietta, OH

As a Utility System Consultant with PSE, Jeff Triplett provides expertise in the areas of system planning, system protection, power quality investigations, and distributed generation interconnections. Jeff also has responsibilities for leading PSE’s Marietta, OH office and acting as the client liaison with PSE’s clients in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Vermont, and Maine. Prior to joining PSE, Jeff worked as the Engineering Manager for two Ohio distribution cooperatives, and as a Power Delivery Engineer for a G&T cooperative. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University and is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states.


Charles Plummer

Director of Communications Infrastructure

plummerc@powersystem.org | 608-268-3533 | Madison, WI

Charles leads a team of communication experts facilitating the strategic planning, evaluation, procurement, and deployment of mission critical communications infrastructure for PSE utility clients following smart grid technology roadmaps. He has been working in the electrical utility industry for almost 20 years in various communications and application technologies. Charles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Regional Team Leaders

Josh L. Mulder, P.E.

Manager, Commercial and Industrial Design

mulderj@powersystem.org | 320-978-8022 | Prinsburg, MN

Josh manages PSE's commercial and industrial design area. His design responsibilities include power distribution, motor controls and automation, system coordination and arc flash studies, power quality analysis and energy efficiency audits. Prior to joining PSE, Josh worked for various consulting firms in the Midwest in the areas of engineering design, heavy industrial projects, and management of engineering operations. Josh has his B.S. in electrical engineering from Dordt College, a private liberal arts college in Sioux Center, IA. Josh is registered in multiple states.