In June, three Nebraskans with
decades of service to
the electric industry were honored by a national public
The 2,000 member American Public Power Association
singled out these Nebraskans for special merit:
Michael Lucas, Utility Superintendent in Broken Bow,
was one of ten managers to receive the Larry Hobart Seven Hats
Award. At the utility, he supervises 13 field staff in electric,
water and sewer. He also works on local development issues.
Among the organizations he serves on for Broken Bow: NMPP
Energy, Nebraska League of Municipalities, Municipal Energy
Agency of Nebraska, and the county economic development
Bill Mayben, President and Chief Executive Officer
of Nebraska Public Power District,was one of three people to
receive the James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award.
Since 1995, Mayben has served on the American Public Power
Association's board of directors and various committees as
well as the Large Public Power Council. He has testified
before Congress explaining complicated electricity issues
and has worked to educate congressional members, staff and
regulators on the issues.
Ralph Johnson, Nebraska Public Power District Board
Member, was one of four to receive the Spence Vanderlinden
Public Official Award. Johnson is a long-time consumer and
public power advocate who believes public power has a
responsibility to serve as a model for fair pricing in a
competitive market. In addition to completing a third
six-year term on the board, Johnson has served on several
American Public Power Association committees.
The three were recognized at the organization's annual meeting