HMP&L looks to the future ...
Effective Tuesday, February 1, 2022, Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMP&L) saw a change in leadership. Brad Bickett, an 11-year veteran of HMP&L, succeeded Chris Heimgartner, who left after five years as General Manager to return to the west coast.
Bickett, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and gained valuable experience working in engineering positions in the auto industry and as plant engineer at the Reid-Station Two power plant complex. Bickett began working for HMP&L in 2010 as the Reliability Compliance Manger, responsible for compliance with NERC regulatory requirements. He has 14 years of electric utility experience. During his tenure, he earned an MBA from the University of Southern Indiana in 2020 and then transitioned to Power Supply Director in January of 2021. As Power Supply Director, he had responsibility for HMP&L’s participation in wholesale power markets, related third party contracts, and electric transmission activities. Bickett was a member of the Henderson Leadership Initiative - Class of 2014 and served as Treasurer of the Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association from January 2016 to August 2018.
Bickett believes HMP&L should continue to follow its Strategic Plan with a mission to provide the highest quality service at the lowest possible rates with work plans that extend over the next 20 years. “Maintaining safety of employees and the public will always be the most important priority in all the work that we do,” he stated. “There will be opportunities going forward to evaluate how processes can be automated and made more efficient with use of developing technology.” Some ideas on the horizon include adding solar power, energy conservation, improving system reliability, and system modernization.
Lin Shannon, Utility Commission Chairman stated, “Brad Bickett was the ideal choice for the general manager position. He is a proven leader at HMP&L and has earned the respect and admiration of his peers, the Utility Commission, and so many others that have worked with him. His background and broad work experience for over a decade at HMP&L has been extensive which will serve him well in the new position.”
Shannon concluded by stating, “the future for HMP&L is bright as our entire team continues to focus on our core principles of providing excellent service and reliable low-cost electricity, data and voice service to our customers and the citizens of Henderson. HMP&L has served our community for over 125 years and we remain so appreciative of this continued opportunity to serve.”
Excerpts provided from article published in the Gleaner on February 1, 2022 by Chuck Stinnett
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