Ben Porath is the Chief Operating Officer overseeing the Operations Division at Dairyland Power Cooperative. The Operations Division is responsible for both generation and transmission of power to Dairyland’s 24-member distribution cooperatives. The Operations Division also includes Dairyland’s 24x7 System Operations Center, purchasing and warehouse functions at all sites, as well as future power supply responsibilities through the Resource Planning and Power Marketing functions.
Ben joined Dairyland as a Transmission Strategist on September 22, 2003. He was promoted to Director, System Operations, in 2007, to Vice President, Power Delivery, on February 2, 2015; and to Chief Operating Officer, Operations, on November 3, 2019.
A native of Sandpoint, Idaho, Ben has a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Physics from Hamline University and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from William Mitchell College of Law, both in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to joining Dairyland, he was a Project Manager for Open Access Technology International, Inc., (OATI) in Plymouth, Minnesota. He also held other positions in the industry related to transmission reliability such as at the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP) in the Twin Cities.