Gil Quiniones just joined ComEd as chief executive officer in November. The first thing he asked his team was, what is ComEd going to look like in 2030? With Illinois' recent Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, they must bear in mind the vision of the state as well. It now falls to Quiniones to convince many constituencies, including policymakers, to support the required investment to reach their 2030 vision.
It's important to have that concrete vision for everyone to rally around. So, the challenge for ComEd is to carve out its role leading that vision and defining what is needed to achieve it by 2030. Let's take a look at how Quiniones came to find himself at the front of the charge.
Quiniones was born in Ames, Iowa while his parents were pursuing their graduate degrees at Iowa State University. Both of his parents were the first of their families to go to college and graduate school. Both also went on to become professors and researchers at the University of the Philippines in the field of agriculture.
Growing up in the Philippines, Quiniones was always exposed to their teaching and research in their fields. This upbringing instilled in him the value of hard work and importance of education. He came up through school in the Philippines to eventually earn his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University in Manila.