William Torre

Program Director of Energy Storage Systems

Bill is the Program Director for Energy Storage Systems 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 microgrid operations and renewable generation. He is also involved in developing advanced power system controls and data acquisition for microgrid 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 microgrid operation and efficiency.

Bill Torre recently retired as Manager of Research and Development at San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) lead the Technology Innovation and Development group, in charge of implementation and testing of new technology and developing smart grid projects, in the Asset Management and Smart Grid Projects department at San Diego Gas and Electric Co (SDG&E). Bill has worked at various management and engineering positions at SDG&E for 30 years. More recently at SDG&E Bill was Chief Engineer and led the engineering of the $ 1.9 Billion Sunrise Powerlink 500 kV transmission project, he was Manager of Transmission Engineering for 8 years, and principal engineer in Transmission Engineering and Transmission Planning. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri – Rolla, and holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, he is a senior member of IEEE, and is a registered professional engineer in California. 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. Bill also helped to establish a power engineering program in electrical engineering at San Diego State University where he taught electrical engineering classes for 7 years. He has also worked at General Atomics on various power system research projects, and at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as a field engineer in the construction group.

Peer Reviewed Publications

- “The Use of a Design Project As An Innovative and Practical Approach to the Teaching of Power Systems”, Power Engineering Review, IEEE, 1989, SDSU, Voted Best Paper 1990

- “The San Diego Regional Experience in Developing Microgrids, A Collaboration Between Utility and A Local University”, IEEE PES General Meeting, July, 2012

- “Development of Reliability Targets For Planning Transmission Facilities Using Probabilistic Techniques – Utility Approach”, IEEE Power Engineering Society, December 21, 1995

- “Transmission Planning Using Probabilistic Reliability Targets”, EPRI, November 18-20, 1997

Publications Demonstrating Capabilities

- “A Unique Method of Evaluation of System Damping in Simulations of Large Power Systems”, IEEE Power Engineering Society Transactions, 86 WM 098-8

- “Power Systems for the 21st Century”, IEEE PES GM, May, 1988

- “Modeling Energy Output of Inertial Storage Devices For the DIII-D Tokamak”, 13th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, October 2-6, 1989

- “Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage For Power System Stabilization”, General Atomics, WP 90-18,  December, 1980

- “A Review of Bipolar Batteries and Their Potential Applications” ,General Atomics, GA-D20171, June, 1990

- “Technical Studies For Performance Evaluation and Design of Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage Devices”, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), 262-119, October 27, 1997

- “Mitigating Excess SAG In Overhead Transmission Lines: Improving Performance And Reliability”, North American Transmission & Distribution Conference and Expo, May 9-11, 2005

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications and Patents

Patent:  Smart Transformer, Patent No. US 8,024,077 B2, Sept. 20, 2011

- “Dynamic Circuit Thermal Line Rating”, California Energy Commission, PIER October, 1999

- “FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission Systems) Assessment Study To Increase The Arizona-California Transfer Capability”, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), September 20, 1994

- “Reassessment of Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) Benefits”, EPRI, September, 2001