David Bissell, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s president and chief executive officer, has been named to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Transformation Advisory Council.
The PREPA chose 11 utility industry leaders to serve as founding members.
The TAC was formed to provide advice on development of a long-term vision and execution plan for the power system in Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s infrastructure last September.
“We have an opportunity here, not just to restore power and emerge from bankruptcy, but also to establish a model for power generation and delivery in Puerto Rico that sets a global example for cost, resilience, sustainability, and customer engagement and empowerment,” Ernesto Sgroi Hernández, chair of the PREPA Governing Board, explained in a news release.
Bissell, made the following comment regarding his appointment to the advisory council: “It is an honor to be asked to serve with these highly accomplished individuals and contribute to the important task of creating a more resilient and sustainable power system for Puerto Rico. KIUC is recognized within the utility sector as a bold and innovative leader—a reputation of which we should all be proud.”
“Our participation in the PREPA Transformation Advisory Council will hopefully uncover new strategies that could be used in our own efforts to become a more resilient and sustainable island community,” he added.
Other members of the council consist of executive leaders from the public power and investor-owned utility sector and from select non-governmental organizations.