Vincent G. Dow of DTE Electric Is Elected Chair of MEA’s Board of Directors

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Vincent G. Dow, vice president and chief engineer of Distribution Operations for DTE Electric, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy, was sworn in as the new chair of Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Board of Directors today.

Vincent G. Dow

Vincent G. Dow

I'm proud and honored to serve as chair of MEA

Vincent G. Dow, vice president and chief engineer of Distribution Operations for DTE Electric, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy, was sworn in as the new chair of Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Board of Directors today. Dow is responsible for overseeing the company’s electrical system, including new customer connections, engineering, power plant electrical equipment and all distribution system construction. Dow also oversees asset optimization, distribution contract management, performance management, the Smart Grid efforts and NERC standards and compliance for DTE Energy.

"I'm proud and honored to serve as chair of MEA, which is focused on serving all of us in the energy industry who supply electricity and natural gas to our residential and business customers," Dow said. "With a staff dedicated to providing the best in training and conferences, we're looking forward to a great year in which we meet and exceed the needs of the members of Midwest ENERGY Association."

Introducing the 2015-2016 MEA Board of Director Officers:
MEA Chair – Vincent G. Dow, vice president and chief engineer of Distribution Operations, DTE Energy
MEA First Vice Chair – James M. Conway, vice president, customer field operations, ComEd, an Exelon Company
MEA Second Vice Chair – Gary L. Gibson, associate general manager economic development and SpringNet, City Utilities of Springfield
MEA Treasurer – Dennis M. Klumb, Jr., president and CEO, KS Energy Services, LLC
MEA Secretary – Patrick Van Beek, president, MEA
MEA Past Chair – Stephen R. Colyer, director, gas operations and services, Ameren Illinois Company
MEA Executive Committee Delegate – Barry J. Bentley, senior vice president, customer operations, Indianapolis Power & Light Company
MEA Executive Committee Delegate – Bobbi L. Schroeppel, vice president, customer care, communications, and human resources, NorthWestern Energy

Directors:
Thomas S. Menken, district sales manager, Elster American Meter
James J. Miller, pipeline development manager, Lyall
Larry F. Milner, P. E., vice president, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Ivan Vancas, vice president, operation services, Black Hills Corporation
John C. Webster, director, Hutchinson Utilities

About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio also includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

About MEA:
MEA serves the people that delivery electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, utility companies around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for gas and electric distribution utilities.

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