Richard Gorze

CEM, CDSM, Fellow

Eaton Corporation | Senior Global Energy Manager


Track I: Decarbonization and Electrification

Session I2: Energy Storage

September 26, 2024 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Session 12 Chairperson

Track I: Decarbonization and Electrification

Session I2: Energy Storage

September 26, 2024 | 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Eaton's Arecibo, Puerto Rico - Solar + Storage + Microgrid Project

Energy Project of the Year: International
Eaton Arecibo PR Solar + Storage + Microgrid – Senior Global Energy Manager Richard Gorzé

Eaton has successfully completed a pioneering clean energy project at its manufacturing facility in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This first-of-its-kind microgrid significantly enhances reliable and sustainable energy at the facility and within the broader community. In collaboration with Enel North America, Eaton has established the largest clean energy microgrid in Puerto Rico, contributing over 9,000 megawatts of renewable power annually.

As a leader in intelligent power management, Eaton’s project at the Arecibo plant marks a substantial advancement in energy resilience and sustainability. The facility, known for producing circuit breakers used in residential, commercial, and industrial applications, will now operate with a 55% reduction in energy consumption and a yearly decrease in emissions by approximately 7,100 metric tons. The innovative microgrid system includes 5 megawatts (MWac) of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, around 1.1 MW of battery storage, and integrates existing onsite generators. This robust system is designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, ensuring resilience and continuous operation even during grid outages. Eaton’s Arecibo project not only reduces the facility’s carbon footprint but also strengthens the regional power grid, providing a model for future clean energy initiatives in Puerto Rico and beyond.

Speaker Bio

Richard Gorzé has over 25+ years in a diverse spectrum of supply and demand-side energy positions from consulting, manufacturing, and utilities, managing energy and carbon at three Fortune 200 companies. At Eaton Corporation, he has managed $220M+ in global energy spend for 300+ manufacturing sites, managing the energy procurement, energy efficiency and renewable projects. While at Eaton he has been a key contributor leading sustainability, energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. In addition, he has lead the development of global sustainable/renewable programs by conducting numerous energy/GHG workshops in Asia, Europe and North America and aided in the development of energy management technology and development of our long-term Energy/Carbon goals for Eaton. Leading efforts to implement ISO 50001 Energy Management process in 5 countries, 18 simultaneously in Germany. In addition, has participated in Better Plants since 2010. Presently, while at Eaton has lead the implementation of 25+ solar projects since 2010 in 8 countries, with 80+ in the pipeline globally currently under development.
Prior to joining Eaton Corporation, he served as NA Energy Manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, as consultant, gaining a perspective on the supply-side of electric energy procurement and lead renewable projects. Mr. Gorzé holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron and National Institute of Technology - Electrical Engineering certifications, as well as various other certifications including CEM, CSDM, CEM –International and active member and chairperson for AEE for last 15 years.