Idaho Falls, ID – Idaho Falls City Councilman, David Smith was named to a one-year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council by APPA’s Board of Directors.
The American Public Power Association represents 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 48 million people or 14 percent of the nation’s electricity consumers.
The Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power systems, such as Idaho Falls Power, as well as 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 representative 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.
Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service and are directly accountable to the people they serve. Idaho Falls is the largest of the 9 municipal power systems in Idaho.
Councilman Smith also serves as the City Council liaison for Idaho Falls Power, a position previously held by Councilman Mike Lehto who recently stepped down from serving on the City Council after 16 years.
“Councilman Smith’s commitment to public power and his experience with the political process will be a great asset both to the PMC and to the APPA,” states Forrest Sholars, Grassroots & PAC Manager for APPA. “I’m confident that, with his help, we can give public power an even stronger voice on Capitol Hill.”
“We are very excited to have Councilman Smith representing not only Idaho Falls Power, but the State of Idaho,” states Idaho Falls Power General Manager Jackie Flowers. “As a trade organization, APPA is on the front lines when it comes to tracking federal law changes and anticipating impacts. The Policy Makers Council plays a critical role in providing local input into major energy legislative and regulatory issues. Having continued representation from Idaho Falls ensures we remain part of these very important conversations,” explains Flowers.
Recent topics that the PMC has been involved with include Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, climate change, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, cyber security and telecommunications, including broadband.
Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.
Photo: Idaho Falls City Councilman, David Smith
About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more on our website.