Mario Hurtado is Chief Regulatory Officer for LUMA Energy, LLC. Mario comes to this position from Quanta Services, where he was Vice President Regulatory and was part of the team that developed the successful proposal for LUMA's award as operator of the Puerto Rico transmission and distribution system.
Mario’s duties at LUMA include overseeing the teams that:
• Coordinate interactions with the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau and other government agencies with respect to LUMA's regulatory policy, reporting and compliance;
• Carry out resource planning, including the periodic preparation of an Integrated Resource Plan;
• Administer PREPA's Power Purchase and Operating Agreements; and
• Manage right-of-way and other property rights for operation of the grid, and obtaining and compliance for non-evironmental permits.
Mario has over 25 years of experience in the electric utility, renewable energy and natural gas sectors. As a Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Clean Line Energy Partners, Mario led the development of a $2.5 billion transmission line to connect 4,000 MW of renewable energy produced in the Oklahoma Panhandle to utilities in the Southeast U.S. In this role, Mario managed teams that received public utility commission and environmental approvals in multiple states and created and managed a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. His team obtained land rights and permits for hundreds of miles of easements necessary to construct this 720-mile project. You can read about Clean Line Energy and Mario’s business partner Michael Skelly in the book Superpower by Russell Gold (Simon & Shuster, 2019).
Mario also managed operations for and developed new projects at a regional power generation business in Central America and the Caribbean. Mario’s portfolio as Vice President at Globeleq included operating power plants in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. As an executive for utilities at Reliant Energy and Duke Energy, he negotiated and executed power generation and large utility acquisitions. He led transitions for several former public electric utilities in Brazil and Colombia.
Mario is fully English-Spanish bilingual, is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in French, and has led diverse teams across multiple countries.
Mario received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University. He pursued his Master of Arts in International Relations with concentrations in International Economics and Latin American Studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.