Puerto Rico gov appoints power grid restoration coordinator
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Wednesday the designation of engineer Carlos Torres as the single point of contact (SPOC) during the process to restore Puerto Rico’s electric power grid.
“I appreciate the willingness of engineer Torres to take on this important task at a time when Puerto Rico needs it most. We wish him success in this new task because it will mean success for all Puerto Ricans,” Rosselló said in a written statement.
He explained that Torres will coordinate the restoration, logistics and execution efforts ordered by the governor. Torres, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management, currently works for Edison Electric Institute as energy restoration coordinator.
He mentioned that the engineer retired from the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, where he worked for more than 30 years and served as vice president of emergency management for 10 years.
In that role, Torres led the company in the development and implementation of emergency response plans under the Incident Command System (ICS) and responded to major emergencies such as the 9/11 terror attacks, the 2003 New York blackout, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. He was also the company’s main liaison with federal, state and local agencies.
“As a representative of the electrical industry, I am here to collaborate with the Electric Power Authority to help the People of Puerto Rico in the restoration of the electric power system and that all the components in this process are aimed at the same purpose: Energize the Island. I appreciate the governor’s trust for this task,” Torres said.