LPPC Announces Tom Falcone, CEO of LIPA, and Jackie Flowers, Director of Utilities at Tacoma Public Utilities, as New Chair and Vice Chair

Washington D.C. [November 28, 2023] – Today, the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) announced Tom Falcone, CEO of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and Jackie Flowers, Director of Utilities at Tacoma Public Utilities, have been appointed as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. Both longstanding members of LPPC with a wealth of industry experience, Falcone and Flowers will join LPPC President John Di Stasio in advocating for America’s largest public power systems in Washington, D.C.

“I welcome Tom and Jackie as LPPC’s new Chair and Vice Chair,” said John Di Stasio, President of LPPC. “As leaders in their respective communities, Tom and Jackie are advancing solutions to ensure their utilities continue to deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy to customers. As our industry undergoes historic transformation to electrify America’s economy, Tom and Jackie will serve as strong and capable advocates for public power in Washington.”  

Falcone joined LIPA, the third-largest publicly-owned electric utility in the U.S., in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and became CEO in 2015. Under his leadership, LIPA has reduced power outages by 35 percent, signed agreements for over 1,000 megawatts of clean and distributed energy, reformed and strengthened its management services contract with PSEG Long Island, obtained four credit-rating upgrades and invested over $6.4 billion in Long Island's electric grid, while keeping electric rate adjustments below the rate of inflation. 

“Public power utilities across the nation provide tremendous value to the customers and communities we serve,” said Falcone. “I am honored to serve as Chair of LPPC and to represent all that public power stands for.”

Flowers was appointed Tacoma Public Utilities Director in 2018. She has 30 years of professional experience, with 15 of those managing public utilities, including hydropower generation, power supply, power transmission and distribution, energy efficiency, engineering, operations technology, fiber optic networks and traffic signalization. 

“As the electric sector continues to experience transformational change in nearly every aspect of our industry, I am honored to serve the large public power community in this capacity,” said Flowers. “I continue to be optimistic that the public power mission-driven business model of empowering local communities and giving citizens a voice in their energy future uniquely positions us for success in this time of transition. I look forward to continuing to contribute to that conversation in my role as Vice Chair of LPPC.”

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Founded in 1987, LPPC is a national organization comprising 28 of the nation’s largest public power systems.  LPPC’s members are locally owned and controlled not-for-profit electric utilities committed to the people and communities they serve.  LPPC advocates for policies that allow public power systems to build infrastructure, invest in communities, and provide reliable service at affordable rates.  From New York to California and Washington State to Florida, LPPC members provide reliable, low-cost electric service to over 30 million people. Our member utilities represent a cross section of the nation's utility industry, and own and operate 40,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines and over 71,000 MW of generation with a significant amount of renewables, fossil, hydro, efficiency, and demand-side management.

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