Luis Aguirre-Torres

Luis Aguirre-Torres
Senior Adviser, Rewiring America
Yale University, FDCE, 2022

Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres is a Senior Adviser at Rewiring America, the leading electrification nonprofit in the United States, with the purpose of making electrification simple, measurable, and inevitable. His specific focus is on articulating and empowering community-scale electrification projects. Prior to joining Rewiring America, he was the director of sustainability for the City of Ithaca, where he led the design and implementation of the first city-scale electrification program in the United States.

Dr. Aguirre-Torres is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Senior Executive Group on Net Zero Carbon Cities, and co-chair of the New York State Climate Impacts Assessment TWG for Society and Economy. He is also the former Chairman of the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE).

In 2012 and 2016 he was recognized by President Obama and the White House Office of Science and Technology for his work in sustainable innovation and climate justice in Latin America.

He holds a degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s in Computer Science and a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College London. He also holds a Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy from Yale University, and in Systems Thinking from Cornell University.

Authored Articles
Targets for job creation lift at the local level in Ithaca, NY

(Courtesy of Jo Zimny Photos via Flickr Creative Commons.) Ithaca took its buildings off fossil fuel. It aims to take its job base in the same direction. 

Policy Memo: Making Buildings Carbon-Free to Make Real a Green New Deal

At the local level, a Green New Deal can crowd in private capital. In this update of a Financing and Deploying Clean Energy policy memo, the sustainability director for Ithaca, NY explains the holistic economic and energy-justice strategy driving the city's project to decarbonize all its buildings.