Lowell Light and Power Announces the Appointment of Charlie West to the Michigan Municipal Electric Association Board of Directors

Lowell Light and Power has announced the appointment of Charlie West, General Manager to the Michigan Municipal Electric Association (MMEA) Board of Directors. The appointment was made during the MMEA Fall Membership Meeting in Lansing, Michigan on October 7, 2021. “Over the years, the MMEA has been well served by very capable community leaders who have stepped up to guide the Association,” said Kevin Cornish, incoming MMEA Board President, and Village Manager for the Village of Clinton, Michigan. “We are fortunate to have new leaders coming forward during this time of unprecedented change in the electric utility industry. The beneficiaries will be the residential and commercial rate payers in our public power communities, and statewide.”

As a member of the MMEA Board of Directors, Charlie West will serve as a channel for communication between MMEA Members, and state and national lawmakers and utility industry regulators, help shape Association positions on state and national legislation and regulation and help facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and education to MMEA Members on issues such as worker safety, power system management, system reliability, and technological change.

“I am so pleased to have Mr. West on our Board of Directors,” said MMEA Executive Director, Katie Abraham. “Each and every Member of our board has accepted the challenge of leadership during the most dynamic time since the creation of the electric utility industry. As the industry, government, and the public work together to build a cleaner and more sustainable electric grid, I feel privileged to be working with Board Members such as Charlie West.”

West obtained his BA in Environmental Studies from Denison University and his MBA from Bethel University. He has been involved in Public Power since 2008, working directly in Public Power since 2012. West served as Vice President of Business and Strategic Development at the Paris Board of Public Utilities before moving to Lowell, MI in 2020 with his wife, Whitney, and their two little girls. He has served as the Commissioner for Michigan Public Power Agency and has a strong background in serving the local community.

About the Michigan Municipal Electric Association
The Michigan Municipal Electric Association is Michigan’s trade group for municipally owned electric utilities, also known as Public Power utilities. The communities in Michigan that own and operate a municipal utility provide approximately 10% of the state’s total electricity requirements.

LOWELL LIGHT & POWER CELEBRATES PUBLIC POWER WEEK OCT 3-9

Lowell Light & Power is celebrating Public Power Week October 3-9, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.

“This year, we especially celebrate the employees of Lowell Light & Power—the people behind public power,” said General Manager Charlie West. “These folks work tirelessly to keep our community up and running 24 hours a day seven days a week,” said West. “Our dedicated staff members work in many departments including human resources, administration, accounting and finance, field supervision, and engineering and operations; and pull together with a common goal: keeping Lowell powered.”

“Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Distribution Manager Ryan Teachworth. “Lowell Light and Power is proud to have served Lowell for 125 years.”

Lowell Light & Power invites its customers to participate in a variety of Public Power Week Events. Activities include:

• Free popcorn and LED Nightlight for customers who stop in the office throughout the week (Mon-Fri)
• Enter to Win a Bill Credit drawing—customers can stop in the office during the week or stop by LL&P’s booth at the Lowell Harvest Celebration to enter
• Facebook Contest with daily prizes (Mon-Fri) and a grand prize—details on LL&P’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lowelllightandpower
• Cherry Creek 4th Graders Art Contest – drawings will be displayed in the LL&P office lobby and the winning student will receive a pizza party for his/her class
• The Annual Lowell Harvest Celebration at the conclusion of Public Power Week on October 9th from 10am – 4pm on the Riverwalk. Stop by for a fun photo, pumpkin decorating, a spin on the prize wheel, and customers can Enter to Win a Bill Credit. And that’s not all! Kids will be able to climb a small pole and snap a selfie with a lineman.

Today Lowell Light & Power has 17 employees and two primary facilities; an office building at 127 N. Broadway and an Energy Center at 625 Chatham. The Energy Center houses the distribution and generation departments and is also the location of LL&P’s two natural gas fired combustion turbines. LL&P serves approximately 2,500 residential customers and 420 commercial and industrial customers.

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. It advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power. More information can be found at www.PublicPower.org.

The City of Lowell and Lowell Light and Power are accepting proposals for the purchase and development of the former Lineshack Building.

You may obtain the RFP here, or for information on the RFP process please call Lowell Light and Power at 616-897-8402 or Lowell City Hall at 616-897-8457.

As indicated in the RFP, all proposals for the sale and development of the Lineshack property are due to the Light and Power office by 11:00am local time on Friday, August 20, 2021. Proposals will be opened at 11:00am on August 20, 2021 at the Lowell Light and Power office, located at 127 N. Broadway St, Lowell, MI 49331. No decision or discussion will occur at this time.

The 2020 Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) and Renewable Energy (RE) annual reports are now available.

You’ll find the details in the 2020 Annual Customer Summary, including links to the full 2020 EWR and RE annual reports.

The City of Lowell and Lowell Light and Power are accepting proposals for the purchase and development of the former Lineshack Building.

You may obtain the RFP here, or for information on the RFP process please call Lowell Light and Power at 616-897-8402 or Lowell City Hall at 616-897-8457.

As indicated in the RFP, all proposals for the sale and development of the Lineshack property are due to the Light and Power office by 11:00 local time on Friday, August 20, 2021. Proposals will be opened at 11:00 on August 20, 2021 at the Lowell Light and Power office, located at 127 N. Broadway St, Lowell, MI 49331. No decision or discussion will occur at this time.

Lowell Light & Power Recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider

Lowell, MI, March 23, 2021— Lowell Light and Power has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Lowell Light and Power joins more than 270 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“I think over the last year or so, we’ve seen the vital importance of running a reliable and safe utility,” says Aaron Haderle, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. “The utilities receiving the RP3 designation have proven that they are committed to running a top-notch public power utility by implementing industry best practices.”

“We couldn’t be prouder to be honored with this designation,” said Charlie West, General Manager of Lowell Light and Power. “This is the culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people who really care about powering our community. But this designation is not a final destination. We are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”

For over 100 years, Lowell Light and Power has proudly served the Lowell community as a municipal not-for-profit public power provider. The Power of Lowell Working for You.

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 16 years now. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

LL&P Welcomes New General Manager

Lowell Light & Power welcomed our new General Manager, Charlie West, last month. Read more about him here.

Keeping the Community’s Lights On – Check Out the Newest Edition of the MMEA Currents Magazine Featuring The Showboat City!

The City of Lowell/Lowell Light and Power is featured in the April 2020 edition of the Michigan Municipal Electric Association Currents Magazine. The feature discusses the power of teamwork and community our great city has as a whole. It also touches on the ever-changing industry and what LL&P is doing to stay current to provide the best possible service. You can read the full feature by clicking here: https://mmeanet.org/currents/
LL&P is proud to serve and be a part of such a great community!

LL&P and The Lowell Rotary Club Start a Holiday Lighting Competition for LL&P Customers

Lowell Light & Power and the The Lowell Rotary Club have started a Holiday Lighting Competition for customers of LL&P. Please click on the photo below to find out more information.

Harvest Celebration 2019

Lowell Light & Power would like to thank everyone that came to the fairgrounds and stopped by our table and watched our linemen in action at the Harvest Celebration this year. Check out the photos below to view the fun festivities.