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Seattle City Light CEO honored for utility's commitment to sustainability

Jorge Carrasco

Hydropower project operator Seattle City Light general manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco has been awarded the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Alan H. Richardson Statesmanship Award for his utility’s commitment to achieving public power goals.

“I am honored to be selected by APPA for this award,” Carrasco said. “No one person can achieve consensus on important issues. It takes many people who are willing to identify common ground and work toward shared goals. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many bright, energetic people who are committed to the values of public power.”

The award was given at the APPA’s national conference in Nashville and recognizes Carrasco and Seattle City Light’s efforts in developing sustainable resources like hydro power.

For almost a decade, Jorge has been an active participant in APPA -- most recently making key contributions to APPA’s CEO Task Force on Generation Policy and Climate Change,” APPA President and CEO Mark Crisson said. “As an active member of that group and his role as chair of the Large Public Power Council, he has shown exemplary leadership and has played a key role in helping public power find consensus on many key policy issues.”

In addition to his work with APPA, Carrasco has been active with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Alliance to Save Energy, the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, the American Water Works Association and the Nature Conservancy.

Carrasco has also served as city manager for Austin, Texas, and Scottsdale, Ariz.

HydroWorld.com reported in April that the Seattle-based utility had been recognized by the Climate Registry for its work in measuring and verifying its carbon footprint, earning “climate registered” status for the second consecutive year.

APPA is a service organization for more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities across the United States that represent more than 47 consumers.

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