Wayne Morton, P.E. , Chief Executive Officer

Wayne Morton has been leading Wind Energy Transmission Texas, LLC (WETT) since October of 2010, almost from the company’s inception.  Since that time he has been responsible for the overall strategic development of the company infrastructure from planning to completion, including long-term finance, construction, program implementation, and streamlining full-time operations.  Prior to that Mr. Morton worked for Panda Energy between January 1999 and October 2010, leaving Panda as Vice President of Transmission and Market Strategy. While at Panda he was responsible for site selection, transmission access and the interconnection of over 7,000 MW of independent generation. Prior to his time at Panda, he was Manager of Power Resources for Texas-New Mexico Power Company responsible for wholesale power contracts and transmission access. Mr. Morton started his career at Texas Utilities as an engineer working in both the transmission and generation planning areas. A registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Mr. Morton graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from Texas Tech University.

 

Julius Horvath, P. E. , Vice President of Compliance, Technology and Planning

Julius Horvath is the Vice President of Compliance, Technology and Planning for WETT. Mr. Horvath is responsible for all WETT, NERC, ERCOT and TRE compliance, as well as  transmission system planning and information technology activities. Mr. Horvath was previously the Operations and Planning Director at WETT and was responsible for building out the WETT Control Centers, including hiring all staff, establishing all operating procedures and ensuring WETT successfully obtained its NERC TOP Certification.  Prior to working at WETT, Mr. Horvath worked at the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Bonneville Power Administration. He also served nine years in the US Navy as a Nuclear Qualified Electrician’s Mate. Mr. Horvath earned his BSEE from Oregon State University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

 

Antonio Ansede, Vice President of Engineering and Construction

Antonio Ansede is the Vice President of Engineering and Construction for WETT. Mr. Ansede has been involved with WETT since the initial stages of the company back in 2009 being responsible for WETT’s transmission system design and construction support. Prior to working at WETT, Mr. Ansede was the Head of Transmission Systems Design at Isolux for stations worldwide. He gained construction experience during his time at Red Electrica, the owner and developer of the entire transmission network in Spain, managing construction of multiple 400 kV stations. He started his career in the utility business as an electrical inspector for existing high voltage transmission lines, stations and distribution systems, as well as, quality control auditor for new projects. He has been involved in design and construction of transmission lines and substations ranging from 24 to 400 kV since the beginning of his professional career in 1997. He graduated as an Electrical Engineer in Transmission and Power Systems in Spain.

 

Deborah Sterzing, Vice President of Finance

Deborah Sterzing serves as Vice President of Finance managing all aspects of finance, accounting, regulatory, HR, and contracts for WETT. She has held leadership positions in both start-up and top multi-national Fortune 50 companies, working in finance, accounting, M&A, and strategy for almost 20 years. Deborah began her career at General Electric, working as a financial analyst with corporate leadership training at GE Capital. She transitioned to GE Power, working on international joint ventures and billion dollar nuclear projects, managing domestic and international teams in accounting and FP&A. Deborah moved into the start-up world and took a leadership position with Green Mountain Energy, helping scale the business from a small company founded in Vermont to a national green energy retail provider headquartered in Austin, Texas. Deborah then founded and led an energy consulting company, primarily focused on energy asset management and development, eventually moving into a financial leadership role with High Bridge Energy Development, a project development company. After completing her MBA, Deborah moved to New York City to work for Citigroup, managing corporate finance projects in tax and M&A for the bank. Just prior to joining WETT, Deborah returned to Austin, Texas and was the Head of Finance and Operations for CognitiveScale, an artificial intelligence software company with operations in the US, UK, and India. Deborah has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon in finance and strategy and an undergraduate degree from Colorado College.