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Gil Quiniones, NYPA Chief Operating Officer, Elected to EPRI Board

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April 15, 2009

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WHITE PLAINS—Gil C. Quiniones, chief operating officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), has been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a nonprofit organization that provides critical research to electric utilities to deliver cleaner, safer and more reliable electricity to customers. 

“Gil Quiniones has an exceptionally strong knowledge of the electric power industry and with the work EPRI performs,” Steven R. Specker, EPRI president and chief executive officer, said. “His leadership will be a tremendous asset to our organization, whose members represent utilities in the United States and abroad.” 

Quiniones was nominated to the 32-member EPRI board by the American Public Power Association (APPA) to occupy a seat designated for the public-power sector. The board oversees the work of the independent institute, whose scientists and engineers collaborate with utilities around the country and other participants in providing solutions and services for the electric power industry.   

“EPRI is of crucial importance to our industry, and I fully expect that Gil is going to make significant contributions to the institute’s success, just as he has done at the New York Power Authority in helping to advance its public benefit mission,” Michael J. Townsend, NYPA chairman, said.  “I wish him the best of luck in the additional role he is taking on as an EPRI board member.”   

“It is a privilege to serve on the EPRI Board of Directors,” Quiniones said. “The collaborative efforts that EPRI facilitates encompass some of the latest science and emerging technologies for meeting electricity needs. I want to express my great appreciation to New York Power Authority Chairman Michael Townsend and to NYPA President Richard Kessel for the support they’ve given me for serving on the EPRI board, which will be in addition to my Power Authority responsibilities and other activities.”  

Quiniones is a member of the Board of Directors of the Large Public Power Council, which is comprised of the Power Authority and 22 of the nation’s other major state and community-owned electric systems. In addition, he serves as NYPA’s principal representative to the APPA, a national organization consisting of about 2,000 publicly-owned electric systems.  

Quiniones’ election to the EPRI board will contribute to the Power Authority’s already strong relationship with the research and development organization, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.  

Recent initiatives for which the Power Authority has partnered with EPRI and other participants have included the installation of a pioneering battery energy storage system on Long Island; advanced emissions-control technologies for small clean power plants in New York City and on Long Island; application of a risk assessment methodology for measuring the reliability of the New York State power system; and development of an operator training system, or simulator, for an advanced transmission control device at the Power Authority’s Marcy Substation near Utica.    

Quiniones joined NYPA in October 2007 as executive vice president of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs before being promoted last year to chief operating officer. He had previously served for more than four years as senior vice president of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he was the city’s chief consultant on energy policy issues.   

From 1990 to 2003, Quiniones worked at Consolidated Edison in positions of increasing responsibility. He was one of the four co-founders of ConEdison Solutions, an energy services company based in White Plains and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the utility.  

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.  

Quiniones and his wife, Paula Kieffer, live in New York City with their daughter, Sela Quiniones.
 

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.   For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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