With the stakes high, MLGW president and CEO J.T. Young has outlined a framework for taking community input into the merit of sticking with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for electric power or forging a new partnership.
Young gave a glimpse of the path forward at a Power Breakfast for media last week. On Tuesday, he gave city council members a list of citizens who will serve on an advisory board. They will make recommendations to the MLGW board.
The plan is for the utility board to then make its own recommendations. On the line is an 80-year relationship with TVA. If the recommendations are to end or alter the TVA relationship, the council’s approval would be required.
Young will be the panel’s facilitator. The first meeting will be April 30 at a location to be announced later. There will be seven meetings. All are open to the public.
Named to the advisory panel are:
- Harold Byrd, Bank of Bartlett president
- Mark Halperin, Boyle Investment Co. executive vice president
- Sally Heinz, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association president and CEO
- Jenn Hunsperger, Praxair associate director of energy
- Shelby County Commissioner Eddie Jones
- Council member Martavius Jones
- Richard Kelley, Methodist Healthcare vice president for facilities
- Dwain Kicklighter, MLGW employee and nonvoting member
- Dennis Lynch, Sierra Club executive director
- Doug McGowen, city of Memphis chief operating officer
- Deidre Malone, NAACP Memphis Branch president
- Bo Mills, Germantown public works director
- Mike Pohlman, MLGW board member
- Josh Tulino, Valero vice president and general manager
- Randy Richardson, Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission executive director
- Beverly Robertson, Greater Memphis Chamber CEO
- Sandra Upchurch, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy energy justice manager
- Jim West, MLGW vice president and chief customer officer
- Linda Williams, Neighborhood Advisory Council member