MRES CEO receives national public power award

Tom Heller, CEO of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) received the American Public Power Association's (APPA) Alan H. Richardson Statesmanship Award at the Association's national conference in Denver, Colo. The award recognizes public power leaders who work successfully and tirelessly on APPA's behalf forging consensus on national issues that achieve public power's goals.

"I am honored to be given this award by APPA, but the real credit should go to the staff at MRES who do such an excellent job of keeping things going day to day and to the MRES Board of Directors for allowing me to participate in APPA activities that are so essential to our long-term survival."

Heller is active in a wide variety of industry organizations, including the Public Power Government Relations Working Group, Power Marketing Administration Task Force, and the Transmission Access Policy Study Group. From 1988 to 1994, Heller served on the APPA Board of Directors.

As vice chair of the CURE coalition, a Washington-based coalition of captive rail shippers, Heller works to achive fair and reasonable rates for utilities using the railroads. Before joining MRES, he was the general manager of Moorhead Public Service in Minnesota, and served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Municipal Utility Association.