Large Public Power Council Announces New Chairman, Pat Pope, President and CEO of Nebraska Public Power District

Large Public Power Council Announces New Chairman, Pat Pope, President and CEO of Nebraska Public Power District 

GRDA President and CEO Dan Sullivan to Serve as Vice Chairman
Washington, D.C., February 22, 2018

The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) Board of Directors has selected Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) President and CEO Pat Pope as its next Chairman. Pope will serve as Chairman for two years alongside LPPC’s President John Di Stasio and new Vice Chairman, President and CEO of Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Dan Sullivan, in advocating for the 26 largest not-for-profit, consumer-owned utilities in the United States.

With nearly 40 years of experience serving NPPD, Pope has extensive knowledge of power generation, delivery and customer service in the public utility sector. He joined NPPD in 1979 as an electrical engineer and has served NPPD in a variety of leadership positions within operations, distribution energy control, and transmission.

“As the next Chairman of LPPC, I am honored to serve as a voice for public power consumers throughout the nation,” said Pope. “We want to work with our elected leaders to ensure consumers and their needs remain at the forefront of energy production, delivery and service decisions.”

“Pat Pope’s unique combination of common sense problem solving and determined pursuit for innovation will help steer LPPC and advocate for policies critical to the sector,” said LPPC President John Di Stasio. “As a leader of a major public power utility in the Midwest that serves both urban and rural communities, he understands the importance of policies that allow public power systems to build utilities from region to region while delivering reliable, affordable power.”

Di Stasio added, “I also look forward to working with LPPC’s new Vice Chairman, Dan Sullivan, who has extensive knowledge of the sector, and as a former elected official, experience in policymaking.”

Dan Sullivan, President and CEO of GRDA will serve as the Vice Charmain of LPPC. Prior to joining GRDA, Sullivan served as an Oklahoma State Representative for eight years. In his current role at GRDA, his responsibilities range from electric generation and transmission to lake management.

Pope became NPPD’s President and CEO in 2011 and is a member of The Energy Authority’s Board of Directors, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is the executive sponsor for AFFORD (Alliance for Fuel Options, Reliability and Diversity).

Pope succeeds Mark B. Bonsall, General Manager and CEO of Salt River Project (SRP) who served as LPPC’s Chairman for the past two years. Di Stasio added, “Mark’s leadership and direction were critical not only in working toward LPPC’s policy priorities, but also in building a strong foundation for future success.”

To learn more about LPPC’s policy priorities visit

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LPPC represents 26 of the largest locally governed and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 13 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 some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.




Thursday, February 22, 2018