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TCLP Welcomes New Executive Director

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Contact: Kelli Schroeder, Manager of HR & Communications, 231-932-4545,

TRAVERSE CITY, MI. – Last night the Traverse City Light & Power Board approved the employment agreement with Brandie Ekren as TCL&P’s new Executive Director with an official start date of March 21, 2022. Ms. Ekren has spent the last 18 years working for the Lansing Board of Water & Light (Michigan’s largest municipally-owned electric utility) as General Counsel and most recently Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Development.  

“TCL&P is moving forward with many initiatives, especially those that can help reduce the impacts of climate change,” said TCL&P Board Chairperson Paul Heiberger. “Ms. Ekren’s experience with strategic planning, renewable portfolios and strategic and innovative initiatives including clean energy program development, revenue diversification and microgrids will be a tremendous asset as the utility moves into the future. My fellow Board members and I welcome Brandie as TCL&P’s new Executive Director.”

“The vote of confidence from both the TCLP Board and Staff is a tremendous honor and a humbling moment for me personally,” said Brandie Ekren. “My dedication to our success as one of the most progressive electric utilities is powered by my passion for our industry and its potential. We will positively impact the industry together.”

The TCL&P Board, with the help of the recruitment firm Preng & Associates, began recruitment for a new Executive Director following the retirement of Timothy Arends in late summer after a combined 31years with both the City and TCL&P. The Board considered four well-qualified candidates and following interviews and individual Board member one-on-one meetings, unanimously selected Ms. Ekren as their top choice.

Ms. Ekren has a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University College of Law.  She and her family are very much looking forward to joining the Traverse City community.


Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 12,700 customers in Traverse City, and parts of East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield and Peninsula townships. Now offering TCLPfiber, an all-fiber, gigabit internet service.