Senate confirms Gil Quiniones to lead New York Power Authority

 

Today the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Gil Quiniones to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority.

Senator George Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said, “As someone who has had a lot of interaction with the Power Authority in recent years, I have come to know Gil Quiniones as an industry professional who has the experience, know-how, and desire to lead this agency forward.  Most importantly, Gil understands how integral the Power Authority is to our energy supply and our economic development efforts across the state, and he wants to sustain and bolster its role in these areas.  I wish him the best of success as he officially takes the helm at NYPA and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Mr. Quiniones currently serves as acting president and CEO of the New York Power Authority, the nation’s largest state electric utility.  He has been the chief operating officer since June 2008.

As COO, Mr. Quiniones was responsible for managing and monitoring the day-to-day activities of the Power Authority, which owns and operates 17 power plants and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines in various parts of New York State.  He oversees operations in such areas as power generation and transmission; project development and licensing; regulatory compliance; power resource planning and acquisition; energy efficiency and technology; power marketing and economic development; and corporate services and administration.

Quiniones is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry’s international research and development organization.  He is also active in the affairs of two national public power organizations, serving on the Steering Committee of the Large Public Power Council and as the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

Before joining the Power Authority staff in October 2007 as executive vice president of energy marketing and corporate affairs, Quiniones served for more than four years as senior vice president of energy and telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.  In that capacity, he was the city’s chief consultant on energy policy issues and established and led Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force, a public-private group that developed a comprehensive strategy for meeting future energy needs and helped formulate the energy-related initiatives in PlaNYC, the city’s long-term sustainability plan.  He also represented the city on then-Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and was the Chairman of the group’s Subcommittee on Distributed Generation.

Also during his tenure at the EDC, Quiniones was co-chair of the New York City Telecommunications Task Force and of the city’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Group.  He previously worked at Consolidated Edison and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company.

Quiniones received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University in Manila and has completed graduate courses in engineering management and technology management at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.  He has also participated in executive education programs at the Columbia University Business School.