We are an association of Pennsylvania boroughs that deliver electric power to our residents. We believe that there are three key elements to being a successful public power system: local control, reliability, and positive community impact. Residents of boroughs served by public power systems are able to exercise far more control over their electric service provider than those served by large utilities, and they know that in the event of outages, the response will be timely since it will be coordinated locally. Most importantly, we believe in being responsible members of the communities we serve. Our employees are part of the communities they serve, and are extraordinarily dedicated to providing the highest levels of service to their neighbors.
Chambersburg Council President Appointed to APPA Council
The American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors named Allen Coffman, President of Chambersburg Town Council to a three-year term on APPA’s Policy Makers Council (PMC). APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA 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 throughout the United States.
The PMC is comprised of 45 members (40 regular members and five officers) who are either elected or appointed officials on the governing authorities of public power distribution utilities, including mayors, city council members, and elected or appointed board members. Coffman will represent the 35 municipal members of the Pennsylvania Municipal Electric Association (PMEA). “Chambersburg and PMEA are proud to have Mr. Coffman serve on this important national council,” said Jeffrey Stonehill, Borough Manager and Director of Utilities. “Chambersburg is the largest public power community in the state and one of the most diversified in the country. Having Mr. Coffman serve in this capacity will help to ensure Pennsylvania’s concerns are expressed.”
The PMC is a very effective voice for public power on Capitol Hill. Its mission is to assist APPA in advocating for federal policies that are important to public power utilities nationwide. “I am honored to have been selected to serve on the PMC. The coming year will be an active one at the national level for energy issues and it will be beneficial for Pennsylvania to have a seat at this important table”, stated Mr. Coffman upon his appointment.