May 202015

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Groton Electric Light Department Manager Kevin P. Kelly was recently re-elected to another three-year term on the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) board of directors at the group’s annual conference.

“I was honored to be re-elected to the MMWEC Board of Directors by the full membership,” he said. “As a member of the MMWEC Board of Directors, I have some influence over strategic decisions at MMWEC which gives me some additional influence over the power costs that the Groton ratepayers receive.”

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito attended the conference and “praised the accomplishments of public power,” according to a MMWEC news release. Polito commended MMWEC and its municipal utility members for providing excellent service at competitive rates to the communities they serve. Polito resides in Shrewsbury, where she and her family have close ties to Shrewsbury’s municipal utility, Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations (SELCO), according to the news release.

Kelly said, “It was very encouraging to be with the Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito and to hear that the executive branch understands the energy and infrastructure needs of the Commonwealth.”

The MMWEC board consists of 12 director positions, with seven directors elected by the MMWEC membership, two appointed by the governor of Massachusetts, and three representing the towns of Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Hampden.

MMWEC, a nonprofit, public corporation and political subdivision of the Commonwealth, is the joint action agency for public power in Massachusetts, providing a variety of power supply, financial, risk management and other services to the state’s consumer-owned, municipal utilities. MMWEC was created in 1969 and became a nonprofit, public corporation and political subdivision of the Commonwealth in 1976, empowered to issue tax-exempt bonds to finance energy facilities for the benefit of municipal utilities and their customers.