Director of Grid Control & Compliance
Chris Sims brings to LP&L extensive institutional knowledge and background in regulatory compliance, having worked for the City of Lubbock for over 25 years and serving in various positions at LP&L for over 23 years. In 2021, Sims, as the Director of Grid Operations and Compliance, leads the Regulatory Compliance Department, the GIS Department, and the Grid Control Department, which is comprised of control room operations, substation operations, and energy management system operations. In this role, he leads many subject matter experts as LP&L operates load, transmission, distribution, and generation assets.
Sims is a native West Texan and is truly Lubbock educated with degrees from each of the three Lubbock Universities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University, a Bachelor of Science from Lubbock Christian University, and a Master of Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University.
Sims has successfully created many new programs at LP&L over his career. In 1997, Sims began to coordinate federal, state, and local compliance activities in an effort that would later become the Regulatory Compliance Department. The first program created by Sims was an Environmental Compliance Program for 3 power plants and in 1998, his duties expanded to include the transmission and distribution systems. In 2000, he added a Health and Safety Program and in 2010, he created a Pipeline Safety Program. Additionally, in 2010, Sims once again expanded the Department to add an Electric Reliability Program to facilitate new federal compliance obligations under the Federal Power Act.
In 2005, Sims was named the LP&L’s Public Information Officer and he began directing media, marketing, and website communications; and later in 2008, he became responsible for directing the Sales and Promotion Department. Sims also has merger and acquisition experience. In 2010, he assisted with coordinating all media relations associated with the merger and acquisition of Xcel Energy’s Lubbock electric distribution system, including over 23K customers and beginning in 2021 he assisted in moving 106K customers, transmission, distribution, and generation assets from the Eastern Interconnection’s Southwest Power Pool into the Texas Interconnection’s Electric Reliability Council of Texas.