Patrick T. Lee is vice president of infrastructure and technology of Sempra Infrastructure, a business unit of Sempra Energy. Sempra Energy is a San Diego, California-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies’ more than 16,000 employees serve approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.
In this current role, he founded and now leads the Sempra Energy investment in PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC, a patented, high-speed advanced grid control technology to meet the evolving needs of the modern energy ecosystem.
Previously, Lee was vice president of major project controls, where he supported the Sempra Energy family of companies, providing oversight and governance for large construction projects, including standardizing processes, controls and reporting.
Prior to that, Lee was senior vice president of customer services, innovation and business strategy for SoCalGas. From 2009 to 2012, Lee served as vice president of the Sunrise Powerlink project for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Lee oversaw public affairs, environmental, land services, engineering, procurement and construction of the $1.9 billion, 500-kilovolt transmission line – the largest capital infrastructure project in SDG&E’s history.
From 2007 to 2009, he was vice president of energy supply for Sempra Generation, which is now a part of Sempra Renewables. In this position, he was responsible for natural gas procurement, energy sales from a fleet of combined cycle and renewable power plants and daily trading and long-term hedging of power plant output.
From 2002 to 2007, Lee held several director-level positions at SDG&E. His responsibilities in these roles included: construction, maintenance and operations of transmission, substation and distribution systems in the San Diego region; skills and compliance training; business processes support and performance management.
Prior to joining SDG&E in 1991 as an engineer, he worked for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the City of Roseville, Calif. Lee is a council member of the California Council on Science and Technology and an advisory trustee for the California State Parks Foundation. He is the treasurer and finance committee chair of the IEEE Smart Village and serves on the council of advisors for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
Lee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He also is a registered professional electrical engineer in California.