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July 18, 2012

Public Utilities Board Elects Officers, Welcomes New Commissioner

At its regular meeting on July 16, the City of Alameda Public Utilities Board (PUB) elected its officers for the 2013 fiscal year. Mr. Gregory Hamm, Ph.D., P.E., was re-elected as president and Ms. Madeline Deaton was elected as vice president. The Board also elected Mr. Girish Balachandran, General Manager of the City of Alameda’s electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power, as its secretary.

Also serving on the Board are Commissioners John McCahan and Mary Sutter along with Alameda’s City Manager, John Russo, as an ex-officio commissioner. Commissioner McCahan was asked to continue representing Alameda’s interests as the City’s representative on the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) Commission. NCPA is a joint powers agency consisting of 15 public power entities, including Alameda, and provides electric power development and acquisition to its members.

The PUB also welcomed Mary Sutter to the Board. Ms. Sutter brings over 20 years of experience in the energy field, specializing in evaluation of energy efficiency programs. She currently serves as Vice President of Energy Evaluation at Opinion Dynamics Corporation. Ms. Sutter holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Colorado. She replaces Peter Holmes, who ended his seven-year tenure on the Board in June.

The five-commissioner Board was established to control and manage the City-owned electric utility. It is responsible for setting rates, adopting a budget, and ensuring the supply of safe and reliable power at competitive rates, all while maintaining a sound financial position. Meetings of the Board are held regularly on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, City Hall, and are open to the public.