Governor of Puerto Rico appoints coordinator for energy system restoration effort
(November 22, 2017 - La Fortaleza, San Juan) Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, announced today the appointment of engineer Carlos D. Torres as the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the rehabilitation process of the electric power system of the Island.
Torres will coordinate the restoration, logistics, and execution efforts as directed by the governor.
Torres—who holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Engineering Management—currently works for Edison Electric Institute as the Power Restoration Coordinator (PRC).
He is a retired engineer from the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, where he worked for more than 30 years. In this company, he stood out as vice president of Emergency Preparedness and Business Resiliency for ten years.
In that role, Torres led the company in the development, exercising, and implementation of emergency response plans under the Incident Command System (ICS) and responded to a series of major emergencies, such as the New York City attacks of 9-11, the 2003 blackout in New York, Hurricane Irene, and Superstorm Sandy.
He was also the lead liaison of the company with federal, state, and local agencies.
Torres expressed that “as a representative of the electric industry, I’m here to help the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to help the people of Puerto Rico to restore the power grid and that all the components in this process are linked to the same purpose: to energize Puerto Rico. I’m grateful for the governor’s confidence in this task.”
For his part, the governor thanked "the availability of engineer Torres to take on this important task at a time when Puerto Rico needs it most. We wish him complete success in this new task, because it will be the success of all Puerto Rico."