Jim Parks, an IEEE member, is a program manager in the smart grid department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. His current focus is on determining smart grid benefits in order to develop a long-term roadmap for SMUD. He also oversees the utility's commercial customer smart grid projects. Prior to his current assignment, he worked on emerging energy efficiency technologies, electric transportation, energy efficiency program development, energy efficiency implementation and transmission planning. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from California State University, Sacramento.