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About CWLP

City Water, Light and Power is a division of the City of Springfield. From its inception as a tiny water works company in the mid-1800s to its role today as the largest municipal utility in Illinois, CWLP has had a long and proud history. The utility has become an integral part of the Springfield community, providing service and value that extends far beyond the high-quality drinking water and low-cost electric power produced at the utility's combined lakeside filtration plant and generating stations.

We're happy to have this opportunity to help you get to know us better and to share with you some of the highlights of both our past and present.


Highlights of CWLP's Electric Division Read More   

Based on customer count and generation capacity, CWLP is in the top 40 of the nation's 2,000+ community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities. Even with its growth over the years, following a recent rate restructuring and a bond refund, CWLP offers electric rates that are among the lowest in Illinois and are well below the national average.
Electric Rates

Highlights of CWLP's Water Division Read More   

The CWLP Water Purification Plant provides retail and wholesale water service to a population of nearly 150,000 people in and around Springfield. Retail water customers within the City of Springfield pay the second lowest rates in the state outside of Chicago.
Water Rates

The CWLP Management Team

CWLP is part of the municipal government of the City of Springfield, Illinois, and, as such, falls under the purview of the Mayor’s Office and the Springfield City Council.

Day-to-day management of the utility is the responsibility of the Chief Utility Engineer and administrative staff, which consists of: the Electric Division Manager; the Water Division Manager; the Finance Director; and the Regulatory Affairs Director.



Chief Utility Engineer

Doug Brown

The Chief Utility Engineer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the utility, including the Electric Division, Water Division, Finance Division and Regulatory Affairs. This position also serves as liaison for special technical projects, including major infrastructure improvements, undertaken by all areas of the utility.

Doug Brown serves as Chief Utility Engineer and previously served as the Major Projects Development Director for nearly seven years, during which he oversaw multiple projects, including the construction of Dallman Unit 4, the Water Works Improvement Project, and the Dallman 33 Scrubber upgrade. He has worked for the utility since 1994, beginning as an Electrical Engineer, and has worked his way up through the utility in project management in various environmental compliance, expansion and upgrade projects.

Doug is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA.. He also is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Electric Division Manager

John Davis

The Electric Division Manager is responsible for overseeing the Electric Generation Department and the Electric Transmission, Distribution and Operations Department. This position also serves as a liaison for the Chief Utility Engineer.

John Davis serves as Electric Division Manager. John previously served as the Power Generation Director, Superintendent of Production and Superintendent of Generation for 24 years, during which he was responsible for the overall operation of five steam generators and five combustion turbines. He has worked for the utility since 1987, beginning as a Maintenance Engineer, and has worked his way up through the utility in all aspects of the generating division, including oversight of all environmental control facilities, wastewater treatment systems, coal handing, byproduct management and safety programs.

John is a graduate of Marquette University with a B.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA from Bradley University.

Water Division Manager

Ted Meckes

The Water Division Manager is responsible for overseeing the management, engineering and operation of the utility’s water supply and its purification, transmission and distribution systems.

Ted Meckes currently serves as Water Division Manager. He has been with the utility since September 1986, when he was hired as an Engineer for the Water Treatment Plant. After being promoted to Project Manager in 1994 and Assistant General Superintendent of Water Treatment in December 2000, he served as General Superintendent of Water Treatment for eight years and was named to his current position in November 2012. He coordinates long-term planning for water system improvement projects in addition to overseeing daily operations issues. Supplemental water supply projects, major infrastructure enhancements and replacements and long-term growth aspects all fall under his purview.

Ted graduated from Marquette University in 1986 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a member of several regional, state and national professional associations and societies.

Finance Director

Ken Crutcher

The Finance Director is responsible for overseeing the management, policies, procedures and rules for the utility’s Finance Division, which includes General Accounting, Fiscal Services, Purchasing and Inventory Control and the Commercial Office.

Ken Crutcher currently serves as Finance Director. He has been with the utility since September 2016 and previously served the City of Springfield in other management and leadership positions. He began his career in City government in 1990 as Assistant Corporation Counsel and went on to serve as Comptroller from 1991 to 1993 and later as Budget Director from 2003 to 2011. He also served in key roles in policy, budget, and management for the State of Illinois where he served as State Purchasing Officer in the Chief Procurement Office from 2011 to 2013 and as Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Historic Preservation for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum from 2013 to 2015.

Ken is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a J.D. and MBA. He also has an M.S. from Chicago State University and a B.A. from Bradley University.

Regulatory Affairs Director

Deborah Williams

The Regulatory Affairs Director is responsible for general supervision of the utility’s regulatory and legislative affairs to ensure compliance with Federal, State and Local laws, as well as regulations and permits. In addition this position serves as advisor to the Chief Utility Engineer on major utility projects and oversees the Environmental, Health and Safety Office, and Operations and Auditing Divisions.

Deborah Williams joined CWLP as Regulatory Affairs Director in December 2016. She has 20 years of environmental law experience including regulatory and enforcement work for the State of Illinois. She served as Assistant Counsel for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Bureau of Water and Air Regulatory Units for over 15 years. She also served as Assistant Counsel for the State of Illinois’ Office of the State Fire Marshal where she worked for three years before joining CWLP. In addition to representation work, she has managed teams of legal, technical and policy staff in regulatory work for the State of Illinois.

Deborah earned her B.A. degree from Northwestern University and her J.D. degree with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Environment & Energy Law.

CWLP Job Opportunities

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CWLP Financial Data

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CCR Rule Compliance Data

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