Power Supplier Names New Chief Executive Officer, Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Michael W. Peters has been named the next president and CEO of WPPI Energy, the regional power
company serving Kaukauna Utilities and 50 other community-owned electric utilities.
Peters, who will become CEO on Feb. 1, 2011, is an attorney with extensive experience representing both
large and small electric cooperatives in Kansas, Illinois and Michigan, as well as in Washington, D.C. He
is currently CEO of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association.
“We are delighted that Mike will be joining WPPI Energy,” said Chair of the WPPI Energy Board of
Directors and General Manager of Cedarburg (Wis.) Light & Water Utility, Dale Lythjohan. “His proven
leadership abilities, his broad and deep knowledge of the issues facing our industry, and his effectiveness
in managing large membership organizations will be a tremendous benefit for our member utilities.”
WPPI Energy members conducted a national search to replace current president and CEO, Roy Thilly,
who will retire in the first quarter of 2011.
The announcement of Peters’ selection comes as Kaukauna Utilities and the other member utilities of WPPI
Energy celebrate the power supplier’s 30th anniversary and look forward to a continued future of joint
As a member of WPPI Energy, Kaukauna Utilities pools energy needs with other utilities in order to
purchase and own electric generation resources. Led by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives
from each of its 51 member utilities, WPPI Energy is member-driven and focused on local control.
The Sun Prairie, WI-based WPPI Energy was formed in 1980 by municipal electric utilities seeking to
establish and own their own electric utility to supply all of the electric requirements for their residents and
businesses. Today, the member utilities together provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than
195,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa. WPPI Energy members also
have developed one of the most extensive member and customer service programs among public power
systems in the nation.