Efran Paredes Maisonet, P.E., studied at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (Power). He received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Power) from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. His master's thesis research was on the Determination of Required Rapid Response Spinning Reserve to avoid under Frequency Load Shedding under Generation Deficiency Conditions in Puerto Rico’s Electric Power System. After completing his engineering degrees, he passed the Professional Engineering (PE) examination, becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer.
During his professional career, Mr. Paredes has worked in the private and government sector as well as in academia, including a decade as a Lecturer II for the Electrical Engineer Department at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.
He joined the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) as General Engineer Supervisor in the Planning and Research Division, where he was responsible for overseeing the Planning and Research for the Transmission System Division.
In 2009, Mr. Paredes was appointed to the administration of former Governor Luis Fortuño as Deputy Advisor to the Governor in the Energy and Environment Sectors.
In 2013, Mr. Paredes returned to PREPA as the General Engineer Supervisor of Planning and Research Division. Shortly thereafter was promoted to Director of the Planning and Research Division, where he oversaw generation, transmission, distribution, renewables, engineering systems, rates and forecasts, of the power system from a planning standpoint. He was also responsible for developing, planning, and supervising PREPA’s Capital Improvement Program.
In late 2020, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Governing Board selected him as the Interim Executive Director for PREPA and subsequently he was appointed Executive Director. Additionally, he served as a Member of the Board of PREPA Net, a division of PREPA that offers a full range of information technology services.
Mr. Paredes joined the Tidal Basin team as Senior Director and Project Manager of the Community Energy and Water Resilience Installations Program for Puerto Rico.