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ComEd Executive Helps Power Up Puerto Rico, Build Illinois Economy
As ComEd crews prepare to travel to Puerto Rico this month to help the island restore power after Hurricane Maria, ComEd’s Fidel Marquez will arrive beforehand to get the lay of the land.
“I’m looking forward to going to Puerto Rico to get a firsthand view of what our crews will be dealing with and provide them with some guidance for our restoration efforts,” says Fidel, the senior vice president of governmental and external affairs for ComEd.
Fidel was selected to join 10 other energy experts as founding members of the Transformation Advisory Council for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). He will serve as an advisor to PREPA’s governing board and management team on the long-term vision for the island’s electrical grid.
“It’s an honor to join a team that will help restore power to a country whose residents have been struggling for months to reestablish their lives after such devastation,” he says. “It will be exciting to put our heads together to develop long-term solutions that will benefit future generations.”
ComEd is sending 50 linemen, as well as support personnel crews and equipment, to assist in restoring power to Puerto Rico. ComEd is part of a larger response by Exelon utilities to restore infrastructure destroyed during the hurricane in September.
Powering Up Illinois Economy
In addition to his role in Puerto Rico, Fidel will be involved in growing the Illinois economy as a new member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) board of directors.
IHCC recently appointed Fidel to join 10 other new board members.
“Fidel and ComEd have been strong advocates of IHCC and small businesses in Illinois,” says Omar Duque, president and chief executive officer of IHCC. “Fidel’s leadership and vision will be an asset to our board as we continue working towards our mission of making the world a better place through entrepreneurship.”
Fidel has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Fidel’s responsibilities with ComEd include building relationships with stakeholders and serving as ComEd’s primary spokesperson during weather-related power emergencies stemming from heavy rains, high winds and tornados.