BURLINGAME, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions for electric utilities, has announced the appointment of James A. Keener as chief executive officer. A thirty nine year energy industry veteran, Mr. Keener has served as an electric utility officer for almost two decades in both power generation and power delivery. He is a recognized leader in electric utility new technology evaluation, introduction and large scale operation. He takes over from CEO and Founder, Michael Bauer, who will assume the role of president and chief product officer.
“Today, utilities are encountering the most dramatic technology and business challenges in electric distribution since the inception of the industry,” stated Jim Keener. “Sentient Energy has the best distribution sensor and grid management solutions. This technology is being embraced by utilities, worldwide, enabling them to improve reliable delivery, achieve higher customer satisfaction, and have greater insight and understanding regarding the real performance of their network.”
Michael Bauer said “It is a privilege to have Jim Keener join us as CEO and help us build on the product and customer foundation that Sentient Energy has established since I founded the company. Electric utilities are demanding the best technologies and solutions that will enable them to better supply dependable power to millions of customers each day, every day. Jim has a stellar, multi-decade track record in guiding utility and vendor teams through this process across the entire power delivery chain. He is an ideal choice to lead Sentient Energy through this rapid growth stage in our company lifecycle.”
Mr. Keener had been serving as an advisor to the Sentient Energy management team since last year. Before joining Sentient Energy, James (Jim) Keener was vice president, technical services for the Power Generation Division of NextEra Energy, Inc., where he was responsible for all technical and engineering activities associated with NextEra Energy’s non-nuclear assets, worldwide. Mr. Keener began his career with NextEra Energy in 1976, and held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities within plant engineering, operations management and plant management. He also served as vice president of plant operations for all non-nuclear unregulated assets.
Mr. Keener has also served as Florida Power & Light Company’s vice president of transmission & substations, and was responsible for overseeing the delivery of electricity from all generating sources to the distribution network, and to wholesale customers through FPL’s transmission system.
Mr. Keener received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, a Masters degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.
About Sentient Energy, Inc.
Headquartered in Burlingame, CA, Sentient Energy offers the only substation-class, cost-effective line monitors and analytics that utilities can quickly deploy anywhere along the distribution grid, enabling them to find faults, cut costs and prevent hazards. Sentient leads the market with the largest mesh line sensor deployments, as well as partnerships with leading utility network providers like Silver Spring Networks, Landis + Gyr, and Cisco. For more information, visit www.sentient-energy.com.