Large Public Power Council Welcomes Austin Energy General Manager Jackie Sargent as New Chair

March 9, 2022

Long Island Power Authority CEO Tom Falcone Elected Vice-Chair

The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) is pleased to announce Jackie Sargent, General Manager of Austin Energy, and Tom Falcone, CEO of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), have been elected as the organization’s Chair and Vice-Chair, respectfully. Sargent and Falcone will join LPPC President John Di Stasio in advocating for policies that support America’s largest public power systems in Washington, D.C. 

Sargent has a 34-year history of electric utility experience and is a proven advocate for public power, serving as General Manager at Austin Energy since 2016. Sargent previously served as Senior Vice President of Power Supply and Market Operations at Austin Energy before joining Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado, as General Manager and CEO. She also served as the former Vice President of Power Supply and Renewables Integration for Black Hills Corporation in South Dakota. 

“I’m proud to begin my tenure as LPPC Chair and advocate on behalf of public power,” said Sargent. “Public power has been innovating and adapting to meet the needs of our communities for decades. But the challenges we face are increasingly complex, and utilities across the country are committing significant resources to address climate change and modernize our electric grid. Now, more than ever, we need the support of our federal policymakers. I’m looking forward to helping share the public power story with policymakers in Washington, D.C.”

Newly elected Vice-Chair, Tom Falcone has led LIPA, the third-largest publicly owned electric utility in the U.S., as CEO since 2015. 

“It is an honor to be elected as Vice-Chair of LPPC,” said Falcone. “I look forward to working with Jackie to advance the priorities of our nation’s largest public power systems.”

John Di Stasio, president of LPPC, looks forward to advocating for public power in Washington, D.C., alongside both Sargent and Falcone. 

“LPPC has been an instrumental voice for public power in Washington, D.C. since 1987, and I look forward to working with Jackie and Tom as we help to inform federal policy,” Di Stasio said. “As our industry undergoes transformational change and Washington continues to debate critical issues, Jackie and Tom will bring insightful perspective to the table. Jackie leads one of the country’s most innovative utilities, and Tom is a leading voice on tax policy, a crucial issue for public power as the industry looks to invest in new technologies to decarbonize and modernize the electric grid.”  

Sargent succeeds Dan Sullivan, President and CEO of Grand River Dam Authority, who served as LPPC Chair since 2020. Sullivan led LPPC through the Coronavirus pandemic, offering member utilities critical counsel and support as the pandemic impacted the nation. 

“It has been an honor to serve as chair of LPPC over the past two years,” said Sullivan. “I worked side-by-side with Jackie to lead LPPC through an unprecedented time in our country’s history. Her tenacity and dedication to public power are exemplary, and I look forward to watching her move the needle in Washington on behalf of our industry.”

Founded in 1987, the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) is comprised of 27 of the nation’s largest public power systems that serve 30 million Americans, about 10 percent of the U.S. population. Member utilities are located in 21 states and Puerto Rico, and own and operate more than 71,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 30,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines. LPPC members are not-for-profit, locally governed, and directly accountable to the consumers they serve. LPPC advocates for policies that allow public power systems to build infrastructure, invest in communities, and provide reliable service at affordable rates. To learn more, please visit the LPPC website.