President’s Post: Fulfilling Our Mission to Benefit Public Power and America
by: John Di Stasio, President of LPPC and former CEO of SMUD.
Public power has never been more engaged in shaping the future of America’s energy economy. During a time of unprecedented change, public power utilities are at the forefront of innovation and transformation while simultaneously protecting customer access to reliable and affordable energy.
LPPC members, who make up 27 of the largest public power utilities in the U.S., are playing an active role in leading their communities through a transition that will spur economy-wide change. Our members have established goals to reduce emissions and increase the integration of low or non-emitting resources into their generation portfolios. They are investing millions every year in building critical new infrastructure to modernize the nation’s electric grid and protect it from threats such as cyber attacks and extreme weather. These efforts are carefully balanced with the need to maintain reliability and affordability.
They’re taking action because public power is a mission-driven business model. Our members are directly accountable to the communities they serve, giving public power customers a voice in their energy future. They’re also not-for-profit and consumer-owned, so benefits flow back to customers and any “dividend” comes in the form of lower rates.
While our members work every day to serve communities throughout America, LPPC advocates on their behalf in Washington, DC. We educate and work with federal policymakers to ensure our nation’s largest public power systems can continue to provide the service that keeps our economy and way of life thriving.
Every few months, I’ll use this blog to provide insight into LPPC’s work on behalf of large public power. I hope that you’ll follow along and reach out if you want to discuss public power’s impact across America.