The Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) today announced that Jacob G. Smeltz, will be joining the
Association as Vice-President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, effective March 1.
“Jake has extensive experience with the public policy issues surrounding electricity competition and restructuring as a legislative committee executive staff director. We look forward to working with him in moving forward with bringing the benefits of a competitive electric market to consumers,” said David Cannon, Vice President, Allegheny Energy and EPGA Board Chairman.
“With thirteen years of experience dealing with consumer affairs and other complex public policy issues, Jake will be a very welcome addition to our team,” said EPGA President Doug Biden. “He will help counsel and guide our industry as we continue to transition to competitive wholesale and retail electricity markets and meet the challenges of ever increasing environmental regulation.”
Prior to joining EPGA, Mr. Smeltz served as Minority Executive Director of the Consumer Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In addition to other positions, he also served as Director of Policy & Development for the Majority Caucus Chairman as well as Chief of Staff for the Majority Appropriations Chairman in the Pennsylvania Senate. Mr. Smeltz also has extensive volunteer community service experience in Lancaster County with his local township planning commission, redevelopment and sewer authorities, and school board.
“EPGA is in the forefront of many challenging energy and environmental policy issues. I look forward to helping them meet those challenges,” Mr. Smeltz said.
EPGA is a trade association of electric generating companies with headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa. Its members include AES Beaver Valley, Allegheny Energy Supply, Cogentrix Energy Inc., Dynegy Inc., Edison Mission Group, Exelon Generation, FirstEnergy Generation Corp, LS Power Associates, PPL Generation, RRI Energy, Sunbury Generation, Tenaska, Inc. and UGI Development Company. These companies own and operate approximately 139,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the US, more than half of which is located in the mid-Atlantic region. *** For more information visit www.epga.org, www.paenergynews.com or call (717) 909-EPGA.