Greeneville, TN, June 22, 2011 – Greeneville Light & Power general manager William Carroll assumed the chairmanship of the American Public Power Association (APPA) today at its annual national conference in Washington, DC.

APPA is the national service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 46 million Americans. It was created in 1940 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization and is governed by a regionally representative board of directors.  Its purpose is to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

“Bill Carroll is a recognized public power leader who brings extensive management experience, in depth industry knowledge, and proven leadership to the Board Chair position,” said Mark Crisson, APPA president & CEO. “His abilities are well suited to the challenges faced by APPA as we strive to assure our members continue to provide affordable and reliable electric service.”

Carroll plans to use his time as 2011-2012 chairman to focus on increasing the membership of APPA.
“APPA’s voice is well respected in Washington, DC,” Carroll said. “We are represented by an excellent staff that knows how the legislative process works. I plan to work hard this year to educate non-members on the value of APPA membership so they understand and appreciate that supporting APPA’s voice in Washington is of benefit to them and to those who ultimately must pay the price for all legislative actions, their retail customers.”

A native of Columbia, TN, Carroll has almost 40 years of experience in the public power sector of the electric utility industry, having begun is career at the Columbia Power and Water Systems in 1972 where he became general manager in 1981 and served in that role until 1989. He began his service to Greeneville Light & Power as general manager in 1990.  Throughout his career, Carroll has been an active participant in the utility industry, serving as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association and the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association as well as president of the Appalachian District Power Distributors Association.