For more than 20 years, Jon Hand has been involved in government relations on both the federal and state level. Jon has a proven record of moving municipal power utility legislation forward ensuring member utilities provide low-cost and reliable electricity.
In 2009, Jon joined Alabama Public Utilities Alliance (APUA) as the Executive Director. He came to APUA with a background in government relations, having worked for Congressman Jo Bonner, a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, where he focused on Energy, Defense, and Transportation Appropriations. Today Jon represents municipally owned natural gas and water utilities and natural gas districts at the Alabama State Capitol and has been instrumental in moving legislation important to the public power industry.
Through APUA, Jon also serves as Executive Director of Electric Cities of Alabama, a coalition of 36 municipally owned electric utilities throughout Alabama.
In addition to these activities, Jon is a founding member of the Energy Institute of Alabama (EIA) whose mission is to promote reliable, affordable, and clean energy to help grow the economy, create high-paying jobs and build public support for Alabama’s energy industry.
Regionally, Jon serves as the Chairman of the Southeastern Federal Power Consumers Legislative Committee where he works with electric cooperatives and municipal power companies that represent more than six million consumers of public power throughout the Southeast. The Southeastern Federal Power Consumers legislative focus is to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of hydroelectricity and to protect it as a natural resource.
Nationally, Jon serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Public Power Association and works with community-owned utilities that power more than 49 million people nationwide.