FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016
Contact: Lawrence Pacheco
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.