Edward Welz is chief operating officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). He is 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.
Welz joined the Power Authority in 1982 as an assistant electrical engineer. He since has assumed increasing responsibilities in management, design and analysis, operations and power generation. He is responsible for reducing the cost and schedule of an ongoing Life Extension and Modernization Program at NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, a large hydroelectric facility in Northern New York. He also managed the funding, design and construction of the St. Lawrence project’s visitors center.
He was promoted to executive vice president and chief engineer, power supply in 2008, responsible for 6,275 megawatts of hydro and fossil-fueled generation, as well as high-voltage transmission, along with an annual operations and maintenance budget of $185 million and a capital budget of $160 million.
Prior to joining NYPA, Welz worked as an assistant electrical engineer for the American Electric Power Service Corp., where he was assigned to the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant in Bridgman, Michigan, to perform design modifications. He graduated from Pratt Institute in 1979.
Welz and his wife, Leanore, live in Middle Village, Queens.