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APPA Board Approves Appointment of Travas Deal, Peter Dion to Serve on ESCC

The American Public Power Association Board of Directors recently approved the appointment of Travas Deal, CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities and Peter Dion, General Manager of Wakefield Gas and Light Department, to serve on the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council.

The CEO-led ESCC serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power industry on efforts to prepare for, and respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure.

“It was an honor to be selected to serve on the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council as a representative of Public Power,” said Dion. “As our industry evolves to meet the challenges of climate change and we become even more reliant on electricity, working with the federal government and industry leaders to identify and prevent threats to our electrical infrastructure will be critical.   I look forward to contributing.”

“As a four-service utility serving defense critical infrastructure throughout our region, we place primary importance on the safety and security of our operations,” said Deal. “That’s why I’m honored to serve on the ESCC to ensure the public power perspective is heard and help us collaborate on solutions to keep our operations safe from potential threats.”  

“Travas and Peter bring years of combined experience tackling a wide variety of issues of importance to public power including grid security and resilience,” said Scott Corwin, President and CEO of APPA. “We are grateful that they have agreed to represent public power at the ESCC, an organization that plays a key role in protecting the North American energy grid.”

The ESCC works across the sector, and with its government partners, to develop actions and strategies that help protect the North American energy grid and prevent a spectrum of threats from disrupting electricity service.

The ESCC includes CEOs and executives from electric companies, public power utilities, and rural electric cooperatives, as well as their trade association leaders, who represent all segments of the industry. 

Scott Corwin, President and CEO of APPA, serves on the ESCC’s Executive Committee (trade associations). Among asset owners, Tom Kent, President and CEO of the Nebraska Public Power District, also serves on the ESCC Executive Committee.

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