Jo-Carroll Energy names Mike Casper as new CEO
The Jo-Carroll Energy board of directors has named Mike Casper as the cooperative’s new president and CEO. He will assume his duties by Dec. 1.
A native of Galena, Casper has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, currently at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
“The board conducted an extensive search, and after a series of interviews feels that we have chosen the best leader to take us into the changing environment that the co-op and our members are going to face,” said David Senn, chairman of the board of directors.
At NRECA since 2012, Casper gained extensive experience in the regulatory and legislative process, representing the best interest of America’s electric cooperatives on key energy legislation and regulatory policy in the nation’s capital. He also worked with NRECA members to shape and conduct research designed to help the nation’s more than 900 member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives chart a sustainable path forward.
Prior to NRECA, Casper worked for more than 10 years as an independent power producer developing, constructing and operating clean energy generation facilities. He also spent more than 10 years with a national engineering firm designing and consulting on a diverse mix of electric generation options. Casper holds a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Having been raised in Jo-Carroll’s member territory on a small farm, Casper understands firsthand the importance of delivering safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy with responsive service to the members.
“I appreciate that Jo-Carroll has a history of being an early adopter of cost-effective technologies and additional services,” he said. “The rapid change in emerging technologies, combined with enhanced communication, broadens the potential to generate new membership while continuing to provide a significant value to Jo-Carroll’s current members.”
Through his direct involvement working with both generation and transmission (G&T) and distribution cooperatives across the county, Casper has a clear understanding of cooperatives’ current challenges and future opportunities.
“Learning from each other and teaming together are keys to electric cooperatives success,” he said. “Cooperation among cooperatives provides us the edge as successful industry leaders.”
“Mike has developed strong relationships with America’s electric cooperative network that will prove beneficial in leading Jo-Carroll Energy into the future,” Senn said.