WPPI Energy Selects New CEO
New Holstein's power supplier, WPPI Energy, has named Michael W. Peters as the next president and CEO. WPPI Energy is a regional power company serving New Holstein and fifty other community-owned electric utilities.
Peters, who will assume the responsibilities of president and CEO on Februray 1, 2011, is an attorney with extensive experience representing both large and small electric cooperatives in Kansas, Illinois and Michigan, as well as in Washington, D.C. He is currently the CEO of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association.
"We are delighted that Mike will be joining WPPI Energy," said the Chair of the WPPI Energy Board of Directors and General Manager of Cedarburg (WI) Light & Water Utility, Dale Lythjohan. "His proven leadership abilities, his broad and deep knowledge of the issues facing our industry, and his effectiveness in managing large membership organizations will be a tremendous benefit for our member utilities."
A national search was conducted to replace current president and CEO, Roy Thilly, who will retire in the first quarter of 2011. He has been at the helm of WPPI Energy since 1992. Thilly is well respected and is a leader in the electric utility industry at both the state and national level.
As a member of WPPI Energy, New Holstein Utilities pools energy needs with the other utilities in order to purchase and own electric generation resources, as well as a wide variety of services. Led by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from each of its 51 member utilities, WPPI Energy is member-driven and focused on local control.
The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin based WPPI Energy was formed in 1980 by municipal electric utilities seeking to establish and own their own electric utility to supply all of the electric requirements for their residents and businesses. New Holstein was one of the original members that formed WPPI Energy. Today, the member utilities together provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 195,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa. The organization also has developed one of the most extensive member and customer service programs among public power systems in the nation.