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Perino appointed to national public power council

John Perino, a board member of Alexandria Light and Power (ALP), was named to a one-year term on the American Public Power Association's (APPA) Policy Makers Council by APPA's board of directors.

APPA is the Washington, D.C. based national service organization representing the nation's more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community owned electric utilities that serve 46 million consumers in 49 states.

The council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power systems like ALP and opposing harmful legislation. It also provides advice on other issues of importance to APPA.

Members of the council meet a minimum of twice a year and participate in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff for the purposes of supporting APPA's national legislative agenda.

"Your commitment to public power and your experience with the political process will be a great asset both to the PMC and to APPA," said Lonnie Carter, chairman of APPA and president and CEO of Santee Cooper, when making the appointment. "As we look for ways to communicate the value of public power to the members of Congress, the PMC will need to call on you and other members of the council to share their experiences."

The council is made up of 40 members who serve on either utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. Four members are appointed to the council from each of the 10 geographic regions recognized by APPA.

In addition, there are a number of at-large members of the council from across the country who are appointed based on vacancies in the 10 regions.

Perino is a business owner in Alexandria. He is a former mayor of Alexandria and served as the president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.