Mario Hurtado is chief regulatory officer for LUMA Energy where he provides leadership and oversight for regulatory policy, reporting and compliance for the public private partnership that operates Puerto Rico’s transmission and distribution system. Mario comes to this position from Quanta Services, where he was Vice President Regulatory and part of the team that developed LUMA’s successful proposal to recover and transform the Puerto Rican electrical grid.
Mario has over 25 years of experience in the electric utility, renewable energy and natural gas sectors. As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Clean Line Energy Partners, he 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. The journey to build renewable energy infrasructure by Clean Line and Mario’s business partner Michael Skelly are featured the book Superpower by Russell Gold (Simon & Shuster, 2019).
While part of large corporate energy players such as Reliant Energy and Duke Energy as well as start-ups like Globeleq, Mario also led transactions, operations and development for a range of integrated electric utilities and power generators throughout Latin American and the Caribbean and several US states.
Mario is fully English-Spanish bilingual, is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in French, and has led diverse teams across multiple countries. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and 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.