Ron Skagen, Douglas PUD Commissioner, was named to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Policy Makers Council (PMC) by its Board of Directors. The Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power utilities like Douglas PUD and opposing harmful legislation. It also provides advice on other issues of importance to the Association. The PMC is made up of members who serve on either utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. 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 the APPA’s national legislative agenda.
“I am pleased to represent our region in this capacity,” said Skagen. “I have been involved with the APPA, previously serving on the Board of Directors, and I enjoy the service.” Skagen has served on the Douglas PUD Commission since 2007.
APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million customers that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power.