William Torre

Program director, Center for Energy Research

Bill Torre is the program director for Energy Storage Systems at the Center for Energy Research and oversees research on developing energy storage and integration of renewable generation. This work includes energy storage demonstration projects that test and demonstrate advanced energy storage technology to improve the performance of micro-grid operations and renewable generation. He is also involved in developing advanced power system controls and data acquisition for micro-grid applications, including phasor measurement units. His energy research also involves electric transportation and utilization of automated demand response and vehicle to grid control to optimize overall micro-grid operation and efficiency.

Torre earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Missouri – Rolla, and holds a master’s degree from California Polytechnic University. He has authored numerous technical publications, and has spoken at many technical conferences, holds one patent and has several pending on new smart power system technology. He also helped to establish a power engineering program in electrical engineering at San Diego State University where he taught electrical engineering classes for seven years.

Torre has worked in power and energy engineering for 40 years with the 30 years at San Diego Gas Electric Co. leading engineering and research in the energy field.