Mike Peters has worked with and for locally owned, not-for-profit electric utilities for the past three decades. He joined WPPI Energy in January 2011 as president and CEO, responsible for the organization’s leadership, strategic direction and day-to-day operations. WPPI Energy's 51 member utilities collectively serve more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.
Trained as an attorney, Peters has advocated on behalf of utilities and their customers on issues including utility restructuring and customer choice, climate change policy and action, and other critical issues affecting the utility industry at the state and national level.
He currently serves as a member of the American Public Power Association’s Board of Directors and in their CEO Climate Change and Generation Policy Task Force, the Board of Directors of the Transmission Access Policy Study group (TAPS), and the Board of Directors for the American Transmission Co., the first independent transmission-only company established in the U.S.
Peters was CEO for 16 years at the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association, the statewide trade association for Michigan’s electric cooperative industry. He also held leadership positions at the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., where he served as general counsel. He holds a law degree from the Washburn University School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He and his wife, Anita, live in Madison. They have three children and two grandchildren.