Senators Jim Merritt and Eric Koch named 2017 Legislative Award recipients by the Indiana Municipal Power Agency


CARMEL, IN – State Senators Jim Merritt and Eric Koch were recognized by the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) on Friday for their efforts this past legislative session in supporting IMPA and Indiana’s municipal electric communities.

     During the 2017 Legislative Session, Senators Merritt and Koch authored Senate Enrolled Act 2 (SEA 2), which modernizes the statute that originally created IMPA in the early 1980s.  The new legislation recognizes many of the changes that have occurred in the electric utility industry over the past 36 years, including the evolving relationship between IMPA and its members.  SEA 2 provides updates that allow IMPA to continue serving its member communities with low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible power, as well as many other critical services, well into the future.  SEA 2 was passed unanimously by both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year and signed into law by Governor Holcomb.
     “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Utilities, it is one of my top priorities every session to ensure that Hoosiers across the state have access to reliable and affordable power,” said Senator Merritt.  “It was my pleasure to work on Senate Enrolled Act 2 to further this goal.” 
     “IMPA greatly appreciates the effort put forth by Senators Merritt and Koch this past legislative session on behalf of IMPA and Indiana’s municipal electric communities,” commented Raj Rao, President and CEO of IMPA.  “The world, and more specifically the utility industry, have changed greatly since IMPA began operations back in 1983.  SEA 2 ensures that IMPA is able to maintain the strong partnership we have with our municipal electric community members, as well as continue to provide the customers in their service territories with reliable and low-cost power.  We are extremely grateful to both Senators for their leadership and for guiding SEA 2 through the process.  We are honored to present the Senators with IMPA’s 2017 Legislative Service Award.”
     The 2017 Legislative Awards were presented to Senators Merritt and Koch at the Agency’s monthly board meeting on June 30th.     
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency is the not-for-profit wholesale power provider to 60 cities and towns across Indiana and one Ohio community who own and operate the municipal electric distribution systems in their communities. IMPA member communities deliver electric service to approximately 330,000 individuals throughout the state.  For more information, visit