Community Engagement

Corwin named NWPPA executive director, Huston named Muscatine Power GM

Scott Corwin named as new executive director of NWPPA

The Northwest Public Power Association on March 8 announced that its board of trustees has selected Scott Corwin to be the association’s next executive director, effective May 1. Corwin will step in as Anita Decker retires after five years with NWPPA and over 39 years of experience in the industry. Corwin comes to NWPPA with over 20 years of experience in the public power industry and over 30 years in legislative/government affairs. For the past 12 years, he has served as the executive director for the Public Power Council, a regional association for preference public power customers of Bonneville Power Administration. As PPC’s executive director, he leads a board of 21 diverse public power utility general managers and directors; advises on business and policy options around wholesale power supply; and negotiates for desired outcomes in administrative, business, legal, and legislative venues. Corwin currently chairs the American Public Power Association’s Power Marketing Administration Task Force and is an active member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's National Preference Customer Committee, APPA’s Advisory Committee, and BPA’s Customer Collaborative.

KUA board appoints Brian Horton as President & General Manager/CEO

The Kissimmee Utility Authority on Feb. 13 said its board of directors appointed Brian Horton as the utility’s president and general manager/CEO, effective April 1, 2019, pending contract negotiations. Horton will succeed current president and general manager Jim Welsh, who retires March 31 after 36 years of service as head of Florida’s sixth-largest municipal utility. The appointment followed a national search that included candidates from Louisiana, Virginia and Tallahassee, as well as four internal candidates. Horton joined the utility in 2015 as vice president of system compliance and operations. In 2016, he was appointed vice president of engineering and operations where he currently serves. Horton has over 18 years of engineering, operations and regulatory experience within the electric utility industry. Prior to joining KUA, he was a member of the senior management team for the City of Tallahassee’s electric utility.

Cesar Calvet appointed OUC board president

Cesar Calvet was unanimously appointed president of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) Board, effective Jan. 22, 2019. Calvet joined the Board in January 2016, and has since held the positions of Commissioner, Second Vice President and, most recently, First Vice President. During Calvet’s time on the board, Florida-based OUC has maintained its hold as the most reliable electric utility in Florida, continued to offer affordable electric and water rates and added a variety of new products and services to satisfy ever-expanding customer expectations, OUC said. The utility has also increased its renewable energy portfolio with the addition of a 13-megawatt (MW) community solar farm and announced a partnership with 11 fellow municipal utilities to bring 223.5 MW of solar to Central Florida by 2020, with OUC as the largest tenant, purchasing 108.5 MW.

Gage Huston appointed GM of Muscatine Power and Water

The Muscatine Board of Water, Electric and Communications Trustees took official action to appoint Gage Huston to the position of General Manager, effective April 1, 2019. Huston, who has been with Iowa-based MP&W since 2003 and currently serves as Director of Power Production and Supply, accepted an offer for the position in February. He will replace Sal LoBianco, who will be retiring this Spring with 39 years of service to MP&W and the community at large.