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Houston March Meeting

Date: 09 March 2017
Time: 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch


The Houston Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) cordially invites you to join us for our meeting on Thursday, March 9th 2017.


As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Development of Clean Line Energy, Mario Hurtado draws on 20 years of experience in the power and energy industries to collaborate with the company’s management on developing its four transmission line projects.

In addition to his role on the management team, Mario leads the development efforts for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, a direct current transmission line that will connect clean wind power produced in the Oklahoma Panhandle, where it is abundant and inexpensive, to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast, areas that lack access to new, low-cost, clean energy. In this role, Mario manages the regulatory procedures, outreach efforts, environmental considerations, and siting planning necessary for implementing the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. Mario’s unique position on both the management team and a project development team allows him to integrate the long-term vision of Clean Line with the day-to-day management of developing the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.

Prior to joining Clean Line, Mario headed all development and operations in Central America and the Caribbean at Globeleq, a successful start-up power developer and operator focused on the emerging markets. While at Globeleq, Mario acquired, built and managed a portfolio of traditional and renewable electric generating plants. As an executive at Reliant Energy and Duke Energy, he led corporate transactions and managed the commercial issues involving large utilities and generating plants throughout Latin and North America. Mario also developed liquefied natural gas terminals in the U.S. and Europe. Mario received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York City with a major in Political Science. He 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 in Washington, DC. Mario is involved with the Houston World Affairs Council, the National Association of Hispanic MBAs, and The Wind Coalition.

For more information, please visit: https://www.usaee.org/chapters/houston.aspx,