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01/15/2009 ~ Utility Board Chairman Lou Hernandez was recently appointed to a one-year term on the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Policy Makers Council by the 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 45-million consumers.

The Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power systems like Keys Energy Services (KEYS). It also provides advice on other issues of importance to APPA. Members of the council meet a minimum of twice per year, and participate in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff for the purpose of supporting APPA’s national legislative agenda.

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.

Hernandez has served on the Utility Board since 1997. He is the Executive Director of HELPLINE, Inc., a crisis intervention and information referral telephone hotline in Monroe County.

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