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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:

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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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.




LPPC Statement on FERC’s Decision on Proposed Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing Rule

Washington, D.C., January 9, 2018

The Large Public Power Council (LPPC), which represents 26 of the nation’s largest public power systems, believes FERC’s decision to take additional time to assess the resilience of our nation’s electric system is the right path forward.

As part of that process, LPPC supports a closer examination to settle on a definition for “resilience,” which is the ability to recover from high-impact events and harden systems. Distinguishing this term from “reliability,” which pertains to the operational state of electric grids, is critical to clarifying the different characteristics needed for the Bulk Electric System (BES) in each case with consideration for regional differences.

We look forward to participating in these discussions and providing further guidance.

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LPPC President John Di Stasio Joins National Commission to Slash Transportation Energy Use by Half

“50 by 50” Commission Includes Leaders from Across Private and Public Sectors

Washington, D.C., October 26, 2017

John Di Stasio, President of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), will serve on a national commission launched today by the Alliance to Save Energy that will develop recommendations to reduce energy use in the U.S. transportation sector by 50 percent by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs.

“I am pleased to join this group of public and private sector leaders to devise solutions to help meet tomorrow’s transportation needs while minimizing energy use,” Di Stasio said. “We need a plan that fully considers a wide range of emerging technologies – such as vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles and shared mobility systems – and how they will interact,” he added.

The Alliance Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency (Commission) is comprised of leaders representing vehicle manufacturers, utilities, federal agencies, cities, environmental and consumer groups, infrastructure providers and public transit. The Commission is convened by the Alliance to Save Energy, the leading national coalition advocating for enhancing energy productivity – doing more with less energy.

Transportation represents roughly one-third of U.S. energy consumption. The sector is undergoing a transformational change – ranging from the increased viability of alternative fuels such as electrification to advanced vehicle technologies, automation and shared mobility – offering enormous opportunities to improve energy efficiency. Improvements in efficiency will create jobs, improve energy security, boost competitiveness, save businesses and consumers money, and reduce emissions.

The Commission will work through six Technical Committees (Light-Duty Vehicles; Non-Road Vehicles; Heavy-Duty and Freight Vehicles; Enabling Infrastructure; Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Shared Mobility and Automation; and Outreach and Implementation) to develop the regulatory, policy and investment pathways to achieve the “50x50” goal. Following an outside peer-review process, the Commission will publish a final report, and engage local, state, and national officials, key stakeholder groups and the public to act on the recommendations.

Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy, said: “Transportation in the United States is changing rapidly and it presents an enormous opportunity to improve mobility while at the same time saving energy. We’re bringing together experts from across this sector because we need a comprehensive approach to maximize the energy efficiency gains. The response to our invitations has been overwhelming and we’re eager to see this group put their heads together.”

More information about the Commission, including the full list of commissioners, is available at:

The Large Public Power Council (LPPC), represents 26 of the nation’s largest public power systems. LPPC members are focused first and foremost on providing reliable and affordable electricity for the customers and communities we serve across the country.

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LPPC Statement On Passage Of H.R. 1873

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2017

The Large Public Power Council (LPPC), which represents 26 of the nation’s largest public power systems, applauds the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.

The common-sense changes in H.R. 1873, which update the requirements for managing vegetation near our systems, are much needed.  The Act allows our utilities to more efficiently remove hazardous trees and other vegetation on transmission line rights of way and decrease safety risks. 

Most importantly, H.R. 1873 makes it easier for LPPC’s member utilities to continue to comply with the requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as well as with the applicable Reliability Standards established by NERC – while providing affordable, reliable electric energy to our customers.

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LPPC Statement On Technology Neutral Tax Reform

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2017

As the largest consumer-owned utilities in the United States, Large Public Power Council (LPPC) members are focused first and foremost on providing reliable and affordable electricity for the customers and communities we serve across the country. That is why LPPC generally supports federal policies that allow for regional differences and local governance, encourage innovation and flexible compliance, and promote a resource-neutral, balanced energy portfolio.

LPPC is encouraged by Senator Wyden’s efforts to develop tax legislation that creates performance-based energy tax incentives for investments in clean energy that are technology-neutral. We are also pleased to see that, as currently written, the Clean Energy for America Act includes a provision that would provide an incentive for public power similar to the tax incentives proposed for investor owned utilities and other developers of clean and renewable energy facilities. These incentives will positively affect LPPC members’ ability to ensure reliable service at affordable rates.

LPPC members seek out and utilize financial tools that allow them to provide electricity, fuel and supplies that keep energy prices at stable, customer-friendly levels. To that end, LPPC has worked for many years to obtain an effective incentive for clean energy facilities that is comparable to the tax credits available to investor-owned utilities and other owners of clean energy facilities. Senator Wyden’s proposal is a promising step forward. We look forward to working together with Senator Wyden and his colleagues as the legislative process unfolds. .


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LPPC Statement On Energy Independence Executive Order

March 28, 2017

Today, President Trump signed an executive order to reexamine our nation’s current climate change policies and positions.  This order provides an opportunity for the nation to develop new approaches, measures, and policies for advancing the climate change issues in a reasonable and balanced manner. 

As an organization of not-for-profit public power systems that are dedicated to serving our local communities and doing so in a manner that ensures the protection of the environment, the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) looks forward to working with the Trump Administration to review and revise those policies and positions in a thoughtful and effective way.  Most importantly, such replacement regulations should be closely linked to business principles that focus on accomplishing the desired environmental goal in the most cost-effective manner possible, while maintaining the reliability of the electricity grid.  Furthermore, LPPC believes climate and environmental policies should consider costs and technology; specifically, statutes and agency regulations controlling greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants for the power sector should be phased in, be technologically feasible, recognize regional differences and be cost-effective for consumers.  Key elements necessary for success include a clear definition of the results desired, as well as flexibility provided to the industry to define the best strategies to accomplish the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions nationally at the least cost to consumers.


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February 22, 2016
Contact: Lawrence Pacheco
(202) 346-8855


Washington, D.C. — The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) Board of Directors has selected Mark B. Bonsall, General Manager and CEO of Salt River Project (SRP) in Phoenix, Arizona, as its next chairman. Bonsall will serve a two-year term as Chairman, and Pat Pope, President and CEO of Nebraska Public Power District, will serve as Vice Chairman.


Since joining SRP in 1977, Bonsall has spent his entire career serving one of the largest public power utilities in the U.S. For 38 years, he has gained extensive experience with power generation, delivery and customer service in the electric utility industry.


“I am honored to serve as the next chairman of LPPC. In the midst of great change, public power must continue to find innovative ways to achieve its number one priority: delivering reliable and affordable power to customers,” said Bonsall. “Maintaining reliability of the grid and meeting evolving customer expectations that lie ahead will require us to educate policymakers on how current and proposed policies impact these critical goals.”


“Mark Bonsall is a leader and seasoned executive with the institutional, economics and regulatory knowledge to lead LPPC in a changing policy landscape,” said John Di Stasio, President of LPPC. “As a CEO of a large system in the southwest, he has first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing a transitioning industry, and he will use his experience to help steer LPPC and advocate for policies that will allow public power systems to build utilities of the future while delivering reliable, affordable power.”


Bonsall brings a depth of experience to his role as chairman. As a current board member, he understands the needs of LPPC members who represent the 26 largest, non-profit public power systems that serve more than 30 million customers in some of the country’s largest metropolitan areas.


Bonsall has served SRP in a variety of capacities including Treasurer, Associate General Manager and Chief Financial Executive before being tapped as General Manager and CEO in April 2011. He has also served as a member of the Task Force on Electric System Reliability, by invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Bonsall is also a former board member and chairman of the Western Systems Coordinating Council, and former member of the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Council. He has sat on the Issuer Advisory Committee to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and on the Board of the American Public Power Association.




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.