The Large Public Power Council (LPPC), focused in Washington, D.C., has selected Tacoma Public Utilities Director/CEO Bill Gaines to serve a two-year term as its next chairman. Mark Bonsall, General Manager and CEO of the Salt River Project in Arizona, will serve as vice chair.
“I am honored to have the confidence and support of my peers as I take this leadership role with LPPC,” Gaines said. “It is a time of transformation in the electric utility industry, and I will work with this group to continue to seek customer-focused policies for people in the communities served by TPU, as well as others around the country who are served by public power.”
LPPC represents 26 of the largest locally owned and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States, and focuses on Federal energy, finance, environmental and regulatory policy. Member utilities are located in 12 states and Puerto Rico and own and operate more than 86,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 35,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines.
Members of LPPC supply electricity to some of the largest cities in the country, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.
Gaines brings seven years of experience as Tacoma Public Utilities director/CEO and more than 30 years in the electric utility industry, including senior management roles at Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy, Inc. to his new role. Gaines has already helped shape LPPC’s policy positions through his leadership as its vice chair, as a member of its steering committee, and as CEO sponsor of the organization’s Energy Regulation Task Force.
“The large public power utilities that we represent are critical stakeholders in the national energy policy debate. Customers want more than affordable, reliable power; they also want flexibility, choice and service from their electricity providers,” said Gaines. “I look forward to working with my colleagues at LPPC as we continue to advocate for policies that will ensure value for the customers we serve.”