Mayor Sullivan Appoints James A. Trent as Municipal Light & Power General Manager
New manager holds 30 years leadership experience in energy, utilities and power generation industries
ANCHORAGE, AK – April 2, 2014 – Mayor Dan Sullivan has appointed James A. Trent as the new general manager of Municipal Light & Power, replacing former manager James M. Posey who retired in December. MOA Chief of Staff Dan Kendall has been the acting interim general manager. Trent begins work on Monday, April 7, 2014.
“Mr. Trent has 30 years of leadership expertise in power system planning, design and operations experience managing gas and electric utilities,” said Mayor Sullivan.
Trent most recently was a senior consultant for Rockwell Automation in Colorado, where he helped to expand the company’s global capabilities to include design and construction of energy/utilities/power generation programs. He also was the senior consulting strategist for Rockwell Automation’s 86 megawatts of trash-to-energy power generation programs in Puerto Rico, Idaho and Texas.
From 2005-2008, he served as the general manager for Southern Missouri Natural Gas in Mountain Grove where he grew the customer base 10 percent each year.
Trent was the principal advisor to the Palau Public Utilities Corp. Board of Directors from 2004-2005 where he provided strategic planning and operational expansion priorities for the Palau and Peleliu island’s fossil-fuel, power-generation plants. He served six years as the Director of Yankee Gas Services Co. in Connecticut and was the president and CEO of Pacific Utilities Management Inc. in El Cajon, Calif., from 1983-1997. There, he founded and established the company’s principal business plan as an unregulated, California-based global power generation company with an emphasis on total energy solutions.
Prior to his work at Pacific Utilities, he was the Operations senior manager for Pacific Telephone. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.
ML&P, an 82-year-old utility, recently received an A+ rating in the bond market and is investing about $459 million through 2017 in new generation assets.