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Former AMEA President and CEO Bob Claussen Passes Away

Bob Claussen, former President and CEO of the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), passed away on Nov. 16.

“We are saddened to hear of Bob Claussen’s passing,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “Bob, who was AMEA’s first President & CEO, left a tremendous legacy by building a strong foundation for AMEA and its 11 Member cities.”

“Bob’s career at AMEA included the implementation of the Load Management Program to improve Members’ load factor in 1990; launching a scholarship program for Members’ retail customers in 1992; the implementation of a Capital Fund Program for Member cities’ economic development purposes in 1997; the installation of a system-wide Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) in 1998; and the dedication of the AMEA-Sylacauga Plant in 2004. He was also instrumental in forming Electric Cities of Alabama, the statewide association for municipal electric utilities in Alabama,” Clark noted.

“Throughout his career at AMEA, Bob was actively involved in fuel cell programs, during which he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fuel Cell Commercialization Group and served on the Board of Directors of the Direct Fuel Cell Group,” Clark said.

Clark noted that Claussen was a President of the Southeastern Federal Power Customers, Inc. (SeFPC). SeFPC is made up of customers who receive power from the Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA).

“Bob served a six-year term on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors. For two years of the six years, he served on the Executive Committee. Bob also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hometown Connections, a business venture to provide lower-priced, value-added products and services to APPA members,” Clark noted.

“Bob’s career was built on cultivating lasting partnerships and friendships. He was a humble leader who took pride in helping others succeed. He will be greatly missed.”

Donations in memory of Claussen can be made to any Alzheimer's Association.