New Executive Director Announced

Acting Director Tom Carpenter was named Executive Director by a unanimous vote of the members of the Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) at its regular meeting March 13, 2018.

Tom has been serving as Acting Director in conjunction with the July retirement of former Executive Director Paul Kitti while maintaining his existing duties as Director of Generation and Engineering Services.

Tom has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He came to the MBLP as the Plant Electrical Engineer in 2005 from the Kewanee Nuclear Power Station in Wisconsin where he also worked as a Plant Electrical Engineer.  While at the MBLP, Tom was promoted in 2013 to serve as the Superintendent of Production and in 2016 was promoted to the position of Director of Generation and Engineering Services


The Marquette Board of Light and Power has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2016.  The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community owned electric utilities.

The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

"This recognition helps demonstrate public power's commitment to reliable electric service," said Michael Hyland, Association's Senior Vice President of Engineering Services.

Public power has a strong track record of reliability, said Hyland.  Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights our for less than halpf the time, compared to other types of utilities.

"We are proud to receive this recognition.  It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that the lights stay on for all our customers," said David A. Lynch, Assistant Director - Utility Operations at Marquette Board of Light and Power.

The Board of Light and Power's customers average outage time per account in 2016 was 33 minutes versus a national average of 132 minutes.  "Our continuing reinvestment into our electrical systems has reduced outages by 66% since we began tracking outage metrics in 1989" said Lynch.