SEPA Appoints New Board Members From NYPA, Tendril

Gil Quiniones of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Adrian Tuck of Tendril were recently elected to the board of directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

Quiniones is president and CEO of NYPA, the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility. Under his leadership, NYPA has taken a major role in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, aimed at empowering customers and encouraging the growth of renewables and energy efficiency. For this work, he was named SEPA’s Power Player of the Year in 2017. Before joining NYPA, Quiniones served in various positions in the administration of former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as senior vice president of energy and telecommunications.

Tuck, CEO of Tendril, joined the energy management software company more than 10 years ago with the goal of building a smarter market for energy products and services. Before Tendril, he served as interim CEO and executive vice president of Ember Corp., a semiconductor provider for the smart grid. He also played a significant role in the development of the ZigBee standard by serving as the vice-chair of the ZigBee Alliance.

“The election of these two outstanding industry leaders underlines the importance that SEPA’s membership places on having diverse voices on the board, from both the utility and technology sides,” comments Cris Eugster, chief operating officer of CPS Energy and chair of SEPA’s board. “We want to provide a model for industry inclusiveness and collaboration; both are critical for moving the energy transition forward.”

Four incumbents were also re-elected for another three-year term: Seth Frader-Thompson, president of EnergyHub; Joe Hoagland, vice president of stakeholder relations at the Tennessee Valley Authority; Chris King, global policy officer for Siemens Digital Grid; and Gary Rackliffe, vice president of smart grids at ABB Inc.

The SEPA board of directors comprises 17 members, including executives from utilities and technology firms, along with former policymakers.

“SEPA’s board of directors has always had a clear vision that our organization must evolve along with the energy industry,” notes Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. “The election of Gil and Adrian represents yet another stage in our growth, providing the organization with two strong, distinctive voices in the energy transition who will add their experience and insights to our work.”

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