FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2014
Contact: Lawrence Pacheco
Former Utility Executive Will Enhance LPPC Visibility, Policy Advocacy in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. — The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) Board of Directors has selected former electric utility executive John Di Stasio to serve as the organization’s new President. In this newly created position, Di Stasio, who recently retired as General Manager and CEO of Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), will leverage his extensive experience in the electric utility industry to enhance LPPC’s presence in Washington, D.C. and promote the organization’s policy priorities which benefit the 45 million customers served by public power in the U.S.
LPPC Chairman Bill Gaines said the creation of this new DC-based position and Di Stasio’s appointment come at a critical time when the electric utility industry is facing transformational change. Di Stasio’s new role will complement, supplement and help direct LPPC’s efforts in Washington, which will continue to be carried out through its executive director, its highly qualified team of consultants, and the CEOs and staff of the member utilities.
“We’re fortunate to have someone as seasoned as John onboard as LPPC President. John’s combination of policy and technical expertise along with his impeccable reputation and well-established relationships with policymakers, stakeholders and industry leaders make him uniquely qualified to lead LPPC’s policy efforts,” said Gaines. “Market forces and public policy actions on the state and federal levels are creating transformational change in the industry and John understands the practical implications and applications of these factors to the business model of the larger utility systems.”
Di Stasio stated: “I am honored to have the confidence of the LPPC Board of Directors as we embark on this next chapter in the organization’s history. The industry is in a time of significant transition from new policies, regulations, technology and evolving consumer expectations. It is important that we work more closely with lawmakers to ensure they recognize the unique role of large consumer-owned systems within the industry. I look forward to serving LPPC in this effort and to furthering policy objectives that strike the optimal balance of affordability, reliability and environmental stewardship for public power customers.”
Di Stasio joined SMUD in 1981. He was appointed General Manager and CEO in June 2008 and retired from that position earlier this year. Prior he served for eight years as the Assistant General Manager of Energy Delivery and Customer Services. His previous responsibilities were as Director of Distribution Services, and Manager of Supply Chain Services.
While serving as SMUD General Manager and CEO, Di Stasio represented SMUD prominently in the political arena. He is the past president of both the Northwest Public Power Association and the California Municipal Utility Association, and the vice chair of LPPC. He also served as a board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the American Public Power Association, as well as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Members Representative Committee.
In addition, Di Stasio has been an active volunteer in international energy issues. He has served as a delegate with the United States Energy Association, where he assisted in electrification, operations and energy market development in other countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, India and Jordan.
LPPC represents 26 of the largest locally owned and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 12 states and Puerto Rico and own and operate more than 86,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 35,000 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.