Thermal Energy Corporation’s new president and CEO is no stranger to TECO or the district energy industry. He is Michael P. Manoucheri, PE, previously TECO’s vice president of engineering and maintenance, who was named to his new position Feb. 22, 2022.
“Mike Manoucheri was the Board of Directors’ unanimous choice after conducting a nationwide search to replace former President and CEO Steve Swinson,” says TECO Board Chairman Bradley N. Howell. “Mike is a highly skilled engineer who has managed numerous engineering, maintenance and plant operations teams during his career in the energy and petrochemical industries. He is a strong and capable leader who is committed to TECO’s mission. He has our enthusiastic endorsement as the right person to head the company as it grows along with the Texas Medical Center campus.”
Most recently, Mike led TECO’s new master plan project and directed an energy-saving effort that significantly cut TECO’s energy costs. Prior to joining TECO in 2018, Mike was associate director of plant operations at The University of Texas at Austin, Utilities and Energy Management, where he had worked since 2007. Earlier he held various engineering, maintenance and operations roles at The Dow Chemical Co. and Fluor Daniel Inc. He has a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University.
Mike is TECO’s fifth leader in its 52-year history. “I am honored to take a broader role in leading such a talented and dedicated team of people who ensure service reliability for our customers – medical care providers, life science researchers and health care educators – and the people they serve,” says Mike. “It is a particularly exciting time at TECO as we implement our latest master plan and continue looking to the future. TECO was selected the #1 district energy system in the world for 2019 by the International District Energy Association, and we will continue to live up to that reputation.”
Houston-based TECO operates the district energy system that cools and heats buildings at the world’s largest medical city – Texas Medical Center. TECO’s district cooling system is the largest in North America.