Columbus, Neb. – Ken Kunze, Nebraska Public Power District board member from York, has been named to serve a one-year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council. The NPPD Board approved his appointment during Thursday’s monthly meeting.
The former mayor of York began his first term of office on the NPPD Board of Directors in 2009 and was re-elected to a second term that began in 2015. Kunze has served as Chairman of the NPPD Board for the past two years. Previously he served as first vice chairman in 2014 and 2015, and was the nuclear committee chairman during 2013 and 2014. He represents Subdivision 7, which consists of York, Polk, Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, Adams and Clay counties.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kunze owned a real estate company in York for more than 36 years, retiring in 2016. He served as York’s mayor from 1988 to 1996 and also served as president of the Nebraska League of Municipalities in 1995. He was also a member of the Nebraska Power Review Board, serving from 2000 to 2008.
APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million customers that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power.
The Policy Makers Council assists the APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power utilities NPPD and opposing harmful legislation. It also provides advice on other issues of importance to the Association. Members of the Council meet a minimum of twice a year, and participate in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff for the purposes of supporting the 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 from each of the 10 geographic regions recognized by APPA. In addition, there are a number of “at-large” members of the PMC from across the country who are appointed based on vacancies in the 10 regions.