Jake Gentle is a Senior Program Manager and Power Systems Engineer for Idaho National Laboratory’s National and Homeland Security Directorate. Gentle leads and develops technology and provides technical oversight for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), and Office of Electricity (OE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and several electric power industry partners. Gentle has been the INL Laboratory Relationship Manager to the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) for nearly 10 years, with time spent in Washington DC (2014-2016) in an outplant position with DOE.
Since 2009, Gentle has led multiple programs focused on the secure integration of clean energy technologies. This research includes leading the cybersecurity roadmap for wind technologies, wind and solar cybersecurity threat assessments, resiliency and security of distributed energy technologies in microgrid applications, deployable wind and solar energy technologies for defense applications, enhanced methodologies of bare overhead line ratings, and facilitating the global advancement of innovation, verification, and validation of dynamic line rating techniques. Gentle is an active, voting member within the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association. Gentle currently leads an INL initiative called Securing the Path to Net-Zero™.