Kaukauna Utilities Commission President Lee Meyerhofer has been elected as first vice chair of the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Policy Makers Council. Next year he will serve as vice chair, and in 2024 Meyerhofer will lead the PMC as chair while also serving a one-year term on the APPA Board of Directors. The APPA represents communities in the United States powered by not-for-profit, locally owned utilities also referred to as public power utilities.
“Working with other public power communities throughout the United States gives Kaukauna Utilities a voice in federal decision-making that we wouldn’t otherwise have,” shared Meyerhofer. “I look forward to taking a national leadership role in advocating for the customers of Kaukauna Utilities and in support of the value provided by locally owned utilities.”
The Policy Makers Council takes action on legislative and regulatory issues that impact customers of Kaukauna Utilities and other public power communities across the nation. There are over 2,000 public power communities in the United States and 81 of them are located in Wisconsin. Members of the Policy Makers Council meet twice a year in Washington, D.C., and at least once a month by telephone. The group advocates on issues such as energy infrastructure investments, climate policy, reducing emissions while ensuring a reliable and affordable power supply, and preserving local control for public power communities.
Kaukauna Utilities is a public power utility and member of the APPA. The local utility is also a member of MEUW, Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin, as well as a member-owner of WPPI Energy.
Meyerhofer will be the third public power leader from Wisconsin to serve as chair of the APPA’s Policy Makers Council. Meyerhofer was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly for the Fifth District and has also served as Kaukauna city council president and alderman.