Director of Energy Storage Research
University of California - San Diego
William Torre serves as University of California San Diego Program Director of Energy Storage and Systems with oversight of power system research, development and testing of advanced energy storage systems, and integration of renewable energy systems. In November 2012, he retired from San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) after 30 years, and his last assignments from 2010-2012 were as SDG&E’s Manager of Research and Development, Manager of Technology Innovation and Development group in Transmission & Distribution Engineering division where he led the installation of several energy storage projects as part of the SDG&E smart grid program . From 2008 – 2010 held the position of Chief Engineer at SDG&E, and provided Engineering oversight and coordination for all engineering. Relevant to the value streams from distributed generation associated with the T&D issues from the decommissioning of SONGS, he served from 1996 to 2008 as SDG&E’s Manager of Transmission Engineering & Design where he managed 27 engineers and designers for engineering all overhead and underground transmission lines for the SDG&E’s service territory. From Jan, 1981 - June, 1988; Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Initiated the successful power engineering program at SDSU.