Jackie FlowersJackie Flowers, general manager of Idaho Falls Power, received the Distinguished Service Award for her leadership and support of public power at the recent member meeting of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) in Salt Lake City.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals for their many years of commitment and contributions to their public utility as well as their support of UAMPS and other public power organizations. 

Flowers has served as UAMPS Board Chair since December, 2015.  She has served on the UAMPS Board of Directors since 2010 and served as the Horse Butte Wind Project Chair in 2014 and 2015.

Flowers also serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance representing public power interests in Idaho, as a member of the Northwest Public Power Association Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities association. She is past president of the Partnership for Science and Technology, and past president of the Idaho Falls Rotary Club. 

In addition to serving as UAMPS board chair, she is the local liaison for UAMPS in Idaho for the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), which is investigating building a small modular nuclear reactor plant at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls. 

“Jackie’s hard work has been invaluable in making substantial progress on the CFPP,” said UAMPS CEO & General Manager Doug Hunter.  

Presentations and speeches at the Member Meeting focused on UAMPS 2016 accomplishments; the challenges facing public power, including new technologies enabling distributed energy generation; regulatory issues; and continued investigation of a small modular nuclear reactor energy project. 

Besides Flowers, UAMPS officers include Jason Norlen, representing Heber Light & Power, as vice chair; Les Williams, representing Beaver City, as secretary; and Dwight Day, representing Oak City, as treasurer.

UAMPS is a joint action agency providing wholesale electricity and electric energy services to 47 public power utility members in seven western states. Established in 1980, UAMPS helps its members with planning, financing, development, acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of various projects for the generation, supply, transmission and management of electric energy.