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Gil C. Quiniones

Gil C. Quiniones

Gil C. Quiniones

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, since 2011. He is an internationally recognized leader in advancing sophisticated power generation, delivering new technologies and developing clean energy sources, leading to enhanced economic growth, job gains and new climate change milestones.

Mr.  Quiniones’ career of more than 30 years reflects a singular blend of experience in the regulated and competitive utility markets, the private sector, and state and local governments. He is the Chair, Past Chair, and a member of a various prestigious energy boards. He frequently speaks at industry conferences on a wide range of technical and policy issues.  

NYPA supplies up to one-quarter of New York State’s electricity and owns and operates more than one-third of the high-voltage power transmission in the state. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Quiniones, a member of the New York governor’s Cabinet, has prioritized operational and financial excellence, innovation, resilience, strategic vision, and social and environmental justice.

During this period, NYPA has maintained or enhanced its credit ratings of AA or the equivalent—a critical objective since NYPA does not receive tax dollars and finances its projects through the sale of bonds to private investors and revenues from operations.  

Under Mr. Quiniones’ leadership, NYPA will become one of the world’s first “end-to-end” digital utilities. Over the past decade, NYPA has substantially upgraded and modernized its generation and transmission assets, aggressively promoted the growth of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and electric transportation, and implemented a long-range strategic plan. Looking ahead, NYPA has developed a second multi-year initiative, extending through 2030, and includes a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan.

His administrative duties significantly expanded in 2017 when Mr. Quiniones directed the integration of the New York State Canal Corporation into NYPA as a subsidiary and assumed responsibility for oversight of the 524-mile canal system, including the iconic Erie Canal.

Mr. Quiniones coordinated a successful effort by NYPA and other utilities to help restore electric service to Puerto Rico after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria in 2017. He has since led multi-faceted NYPA initiatives to lay the groundwork for strengthening and modernizing the power grids in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is well-versed in the complexities and needs of the two Caribbean territories’ power systems, directing NYPA’s collaborative efforts with their government-owned utilities to obtain federal approval and funding for a wide range of proposed system improvements.

As President and CEO, Mr. Quiniones works closely with NYPA’s Board of Trustees and its four committees. He is also Chair of GridWise Alliance; a past Chair and Board member of the Electric Power Research Institute, where he rejoined the board in April 2021; past Chair and Chair Emeritus  of the Alliance to Save Energy; Chair-Elect of the Smart Electric Power Alliance and Vice Chair of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; a board member of the Large Public Power Council;  and a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and the International Energy Agency’s Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. In 2020, he earned a Corporate Director Certificate at Harvard Business School.

At NYPA, Mr. Quiniones served as Executive Vice President, Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs and as Chief Operating Officer before being named to his current position. He came to NYPA in 2007 after four years at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he was Senior Vice President and the principal energy adviser to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Mr. Quiniones previously worked for 13 years at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York and ConEdison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services subsidiary. He was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Energy Services at the subsidiary, where he led profitable revenue growth from $25 million to more than $600 million in four years.

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