EPRI Names Missouri River Energy Services CEO to Board of Directors

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electric Power Research Institute announced today the appointment of Thomas J. Heller, chief executive officer of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), as an interim director on the Board of Directors until April 2016. He will also serve on the Governance and Nominating Committee.

Heller oversees the operation of MRES, a Sioux Falls, S.D.- based agency that supplies electricity, natural gas, and related services to 61 communities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. A native of North Dakota, he joined MRES in 1992 as general manager.

Prior to joining MRES, Heller worked for 16 years for the Moorhead (Minn.) Public Service Department, including seven and a half years as general manager. During that time, he served on the boards of directors of MRES, Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, and the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association.

Heller serves on the board of directors of the National Hydro Power Association, the executive committee of the Consumers United for Rail Equity, and is past chair of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group.

He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and is a registered professional engineer. He also earned a master's in business administration from Minnesota State University at Moorhead.

About EPRI:

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

CONTACT: Clay C. Perry Senior Media Relations Manager 202-293-6184 clperry@epri.comSource:Electric Power Research Institute