Releases and Announcements


GRDA’s Dan Sullivan and Austin Energy’s Jackie Sargent Newly Elected to LPPC Leadership

WASHINGTON (May 27, 2020) – Recently elected as the Large Public Power Council’s newest Chair and Vice-Chair, Dan Sullivan, President and CEO of Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), and Jackie Sargent, General Manager of Austin Energy, offer their expertise and insight on how utilities have kept the nation’s lights on through the coronavirus pandemic as well as how public power is at the forefront of supporting America’s reopening plans. 

Sullivan has served as President and CEO of GRDA since 2011. Under his leadership, GRDA operates a diverse portfolio of assets to generate, transmit and sell electricity to Oklahoma municipalities, electric cooperatives and industrial customers across a four-state footprint. Before joining GRDA, Sullivan served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for seven years and practiced law in Tulsa for 23 years. 

“LPPC has been advocating for public power for over 30 years, and I’m honored to serve as the organization’s newest Chairman,” said Sullivan. “As we look to reopen America and stimulate our economy, advancing issues critical to the electric power industry has never been more important. I’m excited to work with LPPC to ensure public power has the tools we need to continue delivering reliable power to communities across our nation.” 

A 32-year veteran of the utility industry, Sargent also joins the LPPC leadership team as Vice-Chair. Prior to serving Austin Energy as General Manager, Sargent was the General Manager and CEO of Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

 “I’m thrilled to join LPPC’s leadership team alongside Dan and John,” said Sargent. “I’ve always been a passionate advocate for public power, and I’m ready to progress the issues that matter most to our industry as LPPC’s new Vice-Chair.”

LPPC President John Di Stasio has high praise for LPPC’s new leaders. 

“Dan and Jackie are CEOs of the highest caliber and strong advocates for public power,” said Di Stasio. “As leaders of major public power systems, serving wholesale customers and public consumers across both urban and rural communities, Dan and Jackie bring unparalleled expertise to the table. They understand how important public policy is to the delivery of affordable and reliable electricity, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to advocate for our industry in Washington, D.C.” 

Sullivan succeeds Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) President and CEO Pat Pope, who has served as LPPC’s Chair since 2017. 
“Pat Pope has been a tremendous Chair, contributing significantly to LPPC by strengthening our policy positions and advocacy. I thank him for his service, not only to our organization but to the greater public power industry,” Di Stasio added. 

To learn more about LPPC’s policy priorities, visit http://www.lppc.org/policy.

LPPC represents 27 of the largest locally governed and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are headquartered in 13 states and Puerto Rico, and own and operate more than 72,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 30,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines. LPPC member utilities supply electricity to 21 states and some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.

COVID-19: LPPC Urges Congress to Support Public Power Communities

April 20, 2020

In a letter to Congressional leadership, the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) appealed for greater federal support as members continue to provide reliable electricity to American homes and support their communities through the pandemic.

Reliable power is now more important than ever. It’s the common thread keeping Americans connected to family, friends, and work. While LPPC members have policies and procedures in place to ensure reliable power, they now must take additional steps to protect their workforce and assets, as well as support their communities for an undetermined period of time under constantly changing and challenging circumstances.

It’s crucial that LPPC members have access to the tools, flexibility, and liquidity to meet the challenges of this unprecedented time.

Specifically, LPPC urges additional support to low-income customers, assistance to ensure the costs for keeping essential employees on the job are not borne solely by customers, updates to the tax code to ensure public power’s access to financing, and support for continued infrastructure development.

Public power plays a key role in the response to COVID-19, and LPPC strongly urges Congress to ensure that support for our members is included in any future legislation considered in response to the pandemic.

Read the letter to Congress here. 

LPPC Urges Congress to Consider Public Financing Tools in any COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Bill

March 19, 2020

The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) co-signed a letter to Congress on March 12 calling on lawmakers to include temporary extension and permanent restoration of proven, financing tools as they draft legislation to provide our nation with economic relief during this time of crisis.

Specifically, LPPC urges Congress to restore advance refund tax-exempt municipal bonds which will free up billions of dollars that public power- as well as many other public entities such as state and local governments, hospitals, and schools - can spend on largescale projects in communities across America.

LPPC also calls on Congress to restore and expand the use of direct pay bonds and end their exposure to sequestration. This would immediately create an attractive investment option for thousands of local projects.

While the full impact the COVID-19 virus will have on the economy remains uncertain at this time, a major infrastructure plan could certainly create a stimulating effect in the near term. As operators of critical infrastructure, LPPC members will be on the frontlines of rebuilding our local economies and we would support action taken by the federal government to enable public power entities with access to these financing tools.

 

Read the letter to Congress here. 

Pat Pope Stepping Down as NPPD President, CEO
The Second Longest Serving NPPD President and CEO

Columbus, Neb., February 13, 2020
With a career of more than 40 years with Nebraska Public Power District, including the past nine as President and Chief Executive Officer, Pat Pope announced during Thursday’s Board of Directors meeting he plans to step down as President and CEO.

He expects to remain available to assist with transition and continue working on the District’s generation options for the future and rural e-connectivity initiatives.

In making the announcement to the Board Pope said, “I didn’t know how long I would stay with NPPD when I began working here.  As the years went by. the opportunities kept coming. I stayed with the District and learned to appreciate what public power really means to our customers and the state.” He acknowledged that 20 years into his 40 year journey he was fortunate enough to be promoted to Vice President, and the electric industry began to deregulate and decarbonization became an issue. His tenure as President and CEO is the second longest in the 50 year history of NPPD, with Durwood ‘Woody’ Hill serving 12 years from 1970 to 1982.

“It has been a pleasure working with Pat and I wish him and his wife Jackie the best in the coming years,” said Board Chair Barry DeKay. “Some may be surprised with this announcement but Pat has been talking to the executive committee of the Board for the past few months to ensure a smooth leadership transition.”

DeKay explained that as a result of those conversations, Tom Kent, currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer has been in discussions with the executive committee of the Board to replace Pope.  It is expected that the executive committee of the Board will recommend hiring Kent at  the March Board of Directors meeting.

“Today the District enjoys a strong financial position, wholesale and retail rates are stable and very competitive, and our operations are running well,” he commented.  In looking at key developments in recent years under his leadership he pointed out that retail rates have remained stable going into a seventh consecutive year and wholesale rates for the past three years, Cooper Nuclear Station has earned excellence ratings from the Institute of Nuclear Plant Operators two of the past three evaluation cycles, a conversion project to burn hydrogen rather than coal as a fuel at Sheldon Station is currently in the design phase, and Gerald Gentleman Station continues to be one of the most cost effective power plants in the country. Additionally, NPPD’s carbon free energy mix for Nebraska customers has averaged roughly 60 percent over the past five years, reaching 68 percent in 2019.

“And while I know the future will be different, a solid foundation has been laid to help ensure the District’s ongoing success,” he added  “After nine years as president and chief executive officer, now seems like a good time for me move on to the next chapter in my life. Tomorrow is promised to no one, and Jackie and I have lots bucket list items to begin checking off.”

“I want to thank the Board and the entire NPPD team for giving me one of the best experiences an old Nebraska farm boy could have hoped for. NPPD is a great organization made up of wonderful people and I have no doubt it will serve the residents of Nebraska well for many years to come.”

Pope graduated  from the University of Nebraska in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in Business Administration in 1995. He joined NPPD in December 1979 as an Electrical Engineer and has also held the positions of Distribution Planning Engineer, District Operations Superintendent, Regional Operations Superintendent, Regional Manager, Energy Control Center Manager and Vice President of Transmission Services.

He was appointed Vice President of Energy Delivery in October of 2003 followed in November of 2004 being named Vice President of Energy Supply. In January of 2008 he was appointed Vice President & Chief Operating Officer and in April of 2011 he was appointed President & CEO.

LPPC is proud to be an official supporter of the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition to be held April 6-9, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It’s a “can’t-miss” event that will bring together stakeholders across industry sectors for vital conversations on accelerating the use of electrification technologies – from transportation, to industrial processes, to smart home applications and many more.

At LPPC, we are proud to be an official Supporting Organization of the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition, hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on April 6-9, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sponsored by leading utilities and industry players, the event will build on the energy of the inaugural conference in 2018 by addressing the very latest questions on end-use electrification, and exploring the answers to help advance organizations’ initiatives and create sustainable solutions.

Electrification 2020 will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop partnerships by connecting and sharing ideas with leaders from multiple industry segments.
  • Participate in the agenda sessions, featuring compelling content on all aspects of end-use electrification.
  • Explore a diverse Exhibit Hall showcasing a wide array of electrification programs, products and services.
  • Enjoy multiple evening networking functions, including the Closing Party at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

We encourage you to register at the Early Bird rate, available only through September 30.

For full conference details, including exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.electrification2020.com.

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LPPC Statement On Senator Wyden’s Clean Energy for America Act

Washington, D.C., May 2, 2019

“The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) commends Sen. Wyden for his leadership in stewarding an innovative tax incentive program that encourages all utilities to invest in clean and renewable energy production. As the largest consumer-owned utilities in the United States, LPPC members are focused on providing affordable and reliable electricity to communities across the nation. Modernizing the tax system by introducing long-term, performance-based energy tax incentives will ensure that LPPC members can invest in clean, renewable energy resources while maintaining a balanced energy portfolio and reliable service at affordable rates. We encourage Congress to work with Sen. Wyden to usher in a new era that fosters innovative opportunities all utilities can participate in.”

- John Di Stasio, President, LPPC

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LPPC Welcomes American Municipal Power, Inc. as Newest Member

Washington, D.C., March 11, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) announced today that American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) has joined the council as its newest member. AMP is a leading nonprofit corporation that provides wholesale power supply and value-added services for its 135 member municipal electric systems in nine states. With the addition of AMP, LPPC now represents 27 of the largest locally governed and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the U.S.

“We are pleased to welcome AMP to LPPC,” said LPPC President and CEO John Di Stasio. “During a time of considerable activity and change in our industry, LPPC looks forward to the contributions and expertise AMP will bring to the table as we discuss and advocate for policies that ensure public power systems can continue to build infrastructure, invest in communities and provide reliable service at affordable rates.”

“LPPC provides an important additional forum for consumer-owned utilities to share ideas on how to progress our industry and AMP is pleased to join the council as a member,” said AMP CEO Marc Gerken. “We’re ready to contribute and advocate with LPPC for federal policies that address the fundamental issues impacting our industry.

The addition of AMP reinforces LPPC’s efforts to advance a proactive policy agenda in Washington, D.C. that supports America’s public power systems and their ability to deliver affordable and reliable power to their customers. LPPC is working to develop and strengthen federal policies that allow for regional differences and local governance, encourage innovation and flexible compliance, and promote a balanced, resource-neutral energy portfolio.

Founded in 1971, AMP manages and supplies competitively priced, reliable wholesale power to 135 member municipal electric systems in 9 states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland and a joint action agency in Delaware. To meet the power-supply needs of its member systems, AMP manages a diversified portfolio of AMP- and member-owned generation, plus long-term power-purchase contracts. AMP also provides a wide range of other services on a cooperative, nonprofit basis for the mutual benefit of its member municipal electric systems.

To learn more about LPPC, please visit www.lppc.org.

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LPPC represents 27 of the largest locally governed and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 21 states and Puerto Rico, and own and operate more than 71,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 30,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines. LPPC member utilities supply electricity to 22 states and some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.

Auto, Utility, Labor & Environment Leaders Unveil Report Charting Path To Cut Transportation Energy Use In Half

Washington, D.C., September 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – A prominent national transportation commission focused on prioritizing energy efficiency opportunities released a new report today and launched a campaign to cut U.S. transportation energy use by 50 percent by 2050 (dubbed the “50x50” goal) while also improving mobility.

Amid rapidly evolving transportation trends like ride-sharing, electrification, autonomous vehicles, and other technologies, the Alliance to Save Energy’s 50x50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency issued consensus recommendations calling on policymakers to act urgently in a coordinated manner to lead a successful energy efficiency transformation of the transportation sector.

The 50x50 Commission – chaired by Audi of America President Scott Keogh and National Grid U.S. President Dean Seavers – is a diverse coalition of leading vehicle manufacturers, utilities, environmental and consumer groups, unions, technology companies, and public officials, including Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto (D) and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (R). The group says the U.S. could fall behind foreign competitors if federal, state, and local policymakers don’t act to adopt the policy recommendations.

“Right now, we have the chance to shape the future for the better, achieving multiple goals at once. We can simultaneously unlock innovation and new technologies and make mobility easier, faster, and better, all while using dramatically less energy,” said Alliance to Save Energy President Jason Hartke. “Charting the right path now will help us avoid unpredictable fuel costs, rising greenhouse gas emissions, and lost American competitiveness. These policy recommendations set the course to make transportation more accessible and convenient for all while cutting our energy use dramatically.”

“We have a once-in-a-century chance to responsibly rethink mobility,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “The rapidly advancing technologies of electrification, automation and connectivity will not magically produce the best results. It’s only together—industry leaders, policymakers and consumers—that we can build a pathway to a future with the most potential.”

“National Grid remains committed to reducing emissions in the transportation sector. We have long recognized the important role electrification will play in the Northeast's clean energy transition and its carbon emissions reduction efforts,” said Dean Seavers, President of National Grid, US. “Building new and unique partnerships to promote the adoption of more efficient vehicles will be critical to this effort and our customers will be the ultimate drivers of the shift to a clean energy future. National Grid is dedicated to working collaboratively with all parties to ensure the tools and infrastructure are in place to enable that change.”

Transportation represents roughly one-third of U.S. energy consumption and recently displaced electricity generation as the leading source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also the second biggest daily expense for American families. Demand for transportation services is set to rise significantly in the future, potentially increasing congestion on U.S. roads, and putting more stress on the already overburdened public transportation systems. But these challenges can be overcome. The 50x50 Commission, convened by the Alliance to Save Energy, united to develop a policy agenda that seizes the opportunities of new transportation technologies and business models to transform mobility for passengers and goods while using energy more efficiently.

The Commission’s report, released at a forum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning, provides recommendations to policymakers focused on three themes, including:

Transform. Policymakers should not only seek to enhance the energy efficiency of vehicles and components, but also to capitalize on new technologies to transition to an efficient, integrated, and improved “transportation services” model. Transportation services should be allocated efficiently, affordably, and effectively according to geographic and service needs, with policies encouraging consumers to select the most efficient transportation modes.

Innovate. The U.S. should prioritize its leadership in pursuing research, development, deployment, and demonstration for efficient transportation innovation opportunities. Congress and federal agencies should continue to support the development of electric vehicles, which are currently the most efficient vehicles on the market. Federal agencies should maximize their impact through measures including public-private partnerships that stimulate research into market-transformational technologies.

Invest. Policymakers should focus on improving the efficiency of all vehicle types by promoting fuel economy standards and accelerating vehicle turnover and incentivizing the deployment of and infrastructure for energy-efficient vehicles, especially electric vehicles (battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen electric vehicles), plug-in and non-plug in hybrid vehicles, and highly efficient vehicles running on renewable natural gas. Policymakers should support electric vehicles, which are highly efficient, through standardization of adaptors and customer experience, the promotion of practices to ensure optimal grid stability, and the redesign of the Highway Trust Fund to ensure the growth of efficient vehicles is balanced with equitably-funded infrastructure investments. Such solutions should take equity and jobs into account by ensuring low-income and under-served consumers have access to improved mobility and ensuring a well-prepared workforce through the sector’s transitions.

The 50x50 Commission includes Scott Keogh, President Audi of America (co-chair); Dean Seavers, President, National Grid, US (co-chair); Melissa E. Adams, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, WGL Holdings/Washington Gas; John Di Stasio, President, Large Public Power Council; Bruce Edelston, VP, Energy Policy, Southern Company; Matt Enstice, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; Jack Gillis, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America; Thomas R. Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute; Eric J. McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Public Policy and Legal Affairs, Proterra; Arlen Orchard, CEO & GM, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Giovanni Palazzo, CEO, Electrify America; Thomas S. Passek, President, Copper Development Association; William Peduto, Mayor, Pittsburgh; Betsy Price, Mayor, Fort Worth; Gil C. Quiniones, President & CEO, New York Power Authority; Norman Saari, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission; Kevin B. Self, SVP of Strategy, Business Develop & Government Relations, Schneider Electric; Paul Skoutelas, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association; Lonnie Stephenson, International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council; Dan Turton, VP, North America Public Policy, General Motors; Bert Van Hoof, Partner - Group Program Manager, Microsoft; Ted Walker, Managing Director, Navigant; and Greg White, Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

The Commission’s recommendations were informed by the work of more than 100 experts from across the country serving on technical committees. The committees issued five “sector baseline” reports evaluating a wide range of transportation sectors and technologies. The technical committees were chaired by Robert Chapman, Vice President, Energy and Environment, Electric Power Research Institute; Robert Horton, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, DFW International Airport; Roy Kuga, Vice President, Grid Integration & Innovation, PG&E Corporation; Dr. Philip Lavrich, Director, Strategy and Advanced Technologies, Ingersoll Rand; and Patricia Monahan, Program Director, Transportation, Energy Foundation.

Quotes today from Commissioners and Technical Committee Chairs are available in a quote sheet.

The 50x50 Commission’s full report and biographical information for all Commissioners is available at: http://www.50x50transportation.org

About the Alliance to Save Energy

Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit, bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders working to expand the economy while using less energy. Our mission is to promote energy productivity worldwide – including through energy efficiency – to achieve a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.

Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium

WHEN: Monday, October 15, 2018

WHERE: CenterPoint Energy’s Corporate Headquarters – Houston, Texas

The Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium is the longest running, most influential gathering of utility industry professionals that meet annually to discuss best practices in smart grid customer education.

Both marketing and technology professionals will gain from the experience of listening to industry best practices and candid stories around smart grid deployment.

LPPC will be participating in the Utility of the Future Panel at 4:10 p.m. CT. John Di Stasio, President of LPPC will serve as the panel moderator, and Arlen Orchard, CEO of SMUD, Clint Bullock, CEO and General Manager of OUC and Felecia Etheridge, Chief Customer Engagement Officer of CPS Energy, will be panelists.

This year's event will focus on the following topics:

  • Case Studies: AMI, Dynamic Pricing and TOU customer education programs
  • The dynamic and critical utility-customer relationship
  • The critical need for future-proofing our electrical system
  • Lessons learned after 2017 hurricanes and the benefits of AMI
  • Impacts of grid modernization and technology investments on consumers
  • Educating and partnering with advocates
  • Building a sound regulatory business case for grid modernization
  • Smart home, smart city and preparing for the utility of the future

 

To register, please click here. LPPC members can use LPPC100 when registering to get $100 off their registration fee.

LPPC is proud to be an official supporter of the inaugural Electrification 2018 International Conference & Exposition to be held August 20-23, 2018 in Long Beach, California.

Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and sponsored by more than 20 major utilities and organizations, this annual conference will bring together utility leaders, regulators, researchers, academia, vendors, economic development groups, and energy users from diverse manufacturing, transportation, industrial, and agriculture sectors around the globe. 

Five conference tracks will offer in-depth examination of the biggest issues and opportunities associated with electrification, including policy and regulation, electric transportation, commercial and residential space conditioning, industrial and process manufacturing, and more.

  • How does the adoption of electric vehicles and other cutting edge electric technologies benefit customers, society and the environment? 
  • What is the business case for choosing to electrify — whether you are a homeowner, commercial or industrial business, or fleet or terminal operator?
  • What are the benefits and costs of these new opportunities?

A diverse and expansive exposition show floor will bring together stakeholders and industry collaborators through a series of networking opportunities and catering functions.

We hope you will take advantage of their Early Bird registration fee, which ends on May 31. Click here for additional registration information.

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Conference Website: http://www.electrification2018.com/

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