Gil C. Quiniones is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state electric utility. He was elected by the NYPA trustees in November of 2011, after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated him to the position the previous month. The New York State Senate approved his appointment in January 2012.
Quiniones is co-chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which is helping to carry out the Governor’s vision for rejuvenating New York State’s energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors.
As President and CEO of NYPA, Quiniones is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide public power utility’s strategic vision and mission, and supervises its operations, legal, and financial matters. He also oversees the Power Authority’s relationships with elected officials, governmental agencies, other authorities, commissions, and the public.
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, and the Chair of the board’s Committee on Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, and Smart Grid. He is also active in the affairs of two national public power organizations, serving on the Steering Committee of the Board of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), as Co-Chair of the LPPC’s Government Relations Task Force and as the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association. He previously was a member of then-Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and Chair of the group’s Subcommittee on Distributed Generation.
Before joining NYPA 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 New York City’s future energy needs. He also led the development of the energy chapter of PlaNYC 2030, the city’s long-term sustainability plan. In addition, he served as Co-Chair of the New York City telecommunications Task Force and of the city’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Group.
Previous to his positions in New York City government, Quiniones worked for Con Edison’s regulated and unregulated businesses for 16 years 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.