Jose Zayas joins Cube Hydro as VP, partnerships and strategic initiatives

Jose Zayas will join Cube Hydro Partners as vice president, partnerships and strategic initiatives, effective Sept. 1.

Zayas formerly was director of the Wind Energy Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy and before that was director of DOE’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office. He has more than 20 years of experience in the renewable energy sector.

While at DOE, Zayas led the development of the Hydropower Vision report, which was debuted at HydroVision International 2016, and launched the HydroNEXT strategy to drive new investments in hydropower and pumped storage.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

“Jose is the right person to lead strategic efforts at Cube Hydro,” said John Collins, executive vice president of Cube Hydro Partners. “We are excited for Jose to join us and we look forward to working with him to build on our company’s successes.” Collins was elected president, effective Aug. 23, replacing Dr. Kristina Johnson as she transitions to her new role as chancellor of the State University of New York.

Before joining DOE in 2011, Zayas worked at Sandia National Laboratories for 15 years in a variety of positions, including senior manager of renewable energy technologies and program manager of wind and water power technologies.

Cube Hydro operates 19 hydro plants on 10 rivers in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina with a combined capacity of more than 374 MW.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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