EPRI names NYPA CEO Gil Quiniones as Board Chairman

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced the election of Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), as chairman of the Board of Directors. He previously had served as vice chair of the board. Five other members, all of whom will serve four-year terms, were also elected to the board.

Quiniones is responsible for developing and implementing NYPA’s strategic vision and mission. NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, owning and operating one-third of New York State’s high voltage transmission system and providing a substantial portion of the state’s electricity from its clean power plants.

Current board member Patricia Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and CEO of PNM Resources, was elected vice chair of the board.

Newly elected were: Lisa Johnson, who most recently served as an interim director and is CEO and general manager of Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Warner Baxter, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ameren Corporation; Mark McCullough, executive vice president of generation at AEP; William Spence, chairman, president and CEO officer of PPL Corporation; and, Dr. Seok Cho, who also served as an interim director and is president and CEO of the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company (KHNP).

Elliot Mainzer, administrator and CEO of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), has been selected by the federal agency to fill the permanent BPA seat on the board.

Also, David Coen, a retired member of the Vermont Public Service Board and former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, who formerly filled an external director vacancy, will now serve a four-year term. Robert W. Jones, senior advisor to Morgan Stanley, will also serve a four-year term as an external director.

Finally, the board appointed Thava Govender, group executive of Transmission and Sustainability of Eskom Holdings of South Africa, and Enrico Viale, head of Global Generation at Enel of Italy, to fill interim terms.