Manuel Pineda Appointed New Chief Electric Utility Officer
Post Date:07/12/2019 2:16 PM
Silicon Valley Power is pleased to announce that Manuel Pineda has been appointed its new Chief Electric Utility Officer. Manuel has been serving in this role in an interim capacity for the last six months, and after an extensive nationwide search, has been appointed to the position permanently.
Manuel has over 22 years of public sector experience, including serving as the Deputy Director in San Jose’s Department of Transportation, where he managed the City’s 300 million dollar transportation capital budget and some of the city’s largest projects such as the BART extension and the reconstruction of four freeway interchanges. Manuel also served as the Director of Public Works in the City of Sunnyvale, where he managed city maintenance and operations and the City’s 20-year billion-dollar capital program. Manuel has worked on major utility construction and relocation projects including sanitary and storm sewers, water, gas, and electrical.
In 2017, Manuel joined the City of Santa Clara as an Assistant City Manager, with functional oversight of Silicon Valley Power, the Water and Sewer departments, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, and Public Works. In his interim role at Silicon Valley Power, Manuel has been instrumental in the City’s commitment to purchase 100% renewable energy for all City facilities and moving forward implementation of the utility’s newly-adopted Strategic Plan. Manuel has also been key to managing the PG&E bankruptcy, completing the utility’s budget, and helping maintain Silicon Valley Power’s leadership role in Public Power.
Manuel holds a Civil Engineering degree from San Jose State University. In his new role as Chief Electric Utility Officer for the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility, Manuel will also continue to serve as an Assistant City Manager and contribute to the overall advancement of key citywide projects.