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.