November 6, 2014
New Directors Announced:
Carlos Valencia Named Director of Transmission Engineering and Planning
Carlos Valencia has been selected to serve as Director of the Division of Transmission Engineering and Planning at Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), effective June 29, 2014. Valencia, who has served as the agency's Director of Maintenance since 2009, has extensive experience in the management of transmission projects, and has focused his career on efficiency and reliability in the planning, construction, and maintenance of Southwestern's transmission system.
Valencia served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a non-commissioned officer before hiring on with Western Area Power Administration as a Field Electrical Engineer in 1988. After completing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona, he came to Southwestern in 1990 as an Electrical Engineer and Project Manager in what was then the Division of Engineering. In that role, he focused on engineering, maintenance, and construction work for projects involving the maintenance, repair, and restoration of high-voltage transmission facilities. From 2007 to 2009, Valencia served as Section Chief for Substation and Transmission Engineering, managing and directing the work of maintenance personnel, contractors, and customers toward the completion of various construction and supply projects involving high-voltage transmission.
During his tenure as Director of Maintenance, Valencia emphasized safety awareness and efficiency. He frequently visited Southwestern’s field sites, and also accompanied several of the agency’s line, substation, and right-of-way crews to New Jersey as part of the national response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. “I am proud of the exceptional dedication and commitment of our maintenance crews to safety, teamwork, and delivering a quality job to our customers, whether for normal routine preventive work or for emergency outages both at home and across the country,” he says.
As Director of Transmission Engineering and Planning, Valencia says he is committed to creating a work environment that fosters technical and professional development, and plans to realize increased efficiencies for meeting present and future work demands.