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New board chair and vice chair to lead WPPI into the future

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February 14, 2022


WPPI Energy serves 51 locally owned electric utilities. Together, WPPI members have built a diverse, competitive and responsible power supply. They share modern technologies, forward-thinking services and a unified voice for effective energy policy advocacy, all of which benefit the communities and customers they serve. Each member utility elects a representative to sit on the board of directors for the joint action agency.

Having held the role of vice chair for the WPPI Energy Board of Directors over the past 11 years, Sturgeon Bay Utilities General Manager Jim Stawicki will now serve as chair of the board. Stawicki was elected board chair on Jan. 27, 2022, the same day he also began serving on the WPPI Energy Policy & Communications Leadership Council.

The election took place after Jeff Feldt, former board chair of WPPI and general manager of Kaukauna Utilities, retired from the role following a decade of service.

Stawicki has represented Sturgeon Bay on the WPPI board since 2004, and he has served since 2006 on the board’s 11-member Executive Committee, which oversees WPPI Energy’s operations and programs. Stawicki has held various positions on eight of the organization’s committees and advisory groups over the years.

The same day of Stawicki’s appointment, Randy Jaeckels, general manager of New Holstein Utilities, was elected as new vice chair. Jaeckels began representing New Holstein on the WPPI board in 2006, and on the Executive Committee in 2010. Jaeckels will also continue his work on WPPI Energy’s Finance and Audit Committee, Member Services Advisory Group, and the Policy and Communications Leadership Council.

Mike Reynolds, director of public works for Boscobel Utilities, will continue in his role as secretary of the board, and General Manager of Waunakee Utilities Tim Herlitzka will continue as treasurer.

Under the guidance of the board of directors, WPPI Energy maintains competitive wholesale electric rates while continuing to diversify its resource portfolio and reduce CO2 emissions associated with supplying power for member communities.

WPPI members’ longstanding and active support of renewable energy has delivered significant results for the environment. With the addition of the cost-effective Point Beach Solar Energy Center in 2021, the organization is on track for an approximate 45% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025 when compared to 2005.