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California POUs and Water Agencies Are Investing Today for a Stronger California Tomorrow, CMUA Surveys Find

California’s publicly owned utilities and water agencies are investing broadly to maintain reliable and affordable service for their communities, and are taking action to support the state’s goals, according to two new surveys of executives from California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) utilities.

CMUA’s inaugural 2018 Energy Leaders Survey and Water Leaders Survey also find California POUs and water agencies continue to be more responsive to their local communities than other providers, and are focused on implementing new technologies enabling sustainable and efficient while providing a high level of customer service.

“Our surveys confirms what we’ve long known: California POUs and water agencies are innovate and lead the way in providing reliable, affordable and sustainable service amid transformational change across the state and within our industry as a whole.” said CMUA Executive Director Barry Moline. “It’s particularly relevant today because utilities say their customers are more concerned about costs and reliability than they were just a few years ago.”

The CMUA surveys polled senior-level executives, including managers and utility directors, who every day are operating utilities reliably, affordably and sustainably, while planning for the future. Both surveys are free to view and download.

Download the 2018 Energy Leaders Survey

Download the 2018 Water Leaders Survey



California Water & Power Magazine to Debut in 2018

CMUA and Ruralite team up to start a leading-edge publication focused on two of California’s hottest sectors.

DECEMBER 20, 2017, Sacramento, Calif. — The California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) has announced a partnership with Ruralite Services, Inc. (RSI) to launch a new statewide water and energy issues magazine.

The first-of-its-kind quarterly publication, California Water & Power, will explore trends and topics around policy, technology, innovation, and management while showcasing how municipally owned utilities are confronting new challenges and embracing new opportunities to provide reliable, cost-effective and environmentally responsible service to Californians.

Each magazine issue will feature stories on water and energy, Q&A interviews with key industry players, a section for news from California publicly owned utilities and private industry, a recurring feature on technology and research, case studies about successful projects and more.

California Water & Power will be the go-to source for news, information and thought leadership about what’s happening in our rapidly evolving industry, at the state Capitol in Sacramento and statewide,” said CMUA Executive Director Barry Moline. “Water and power issues have never been more visible or more discussed in California, so it‘s the perfect time to introduce a new magazine giving CMUA and our 55 member utilities and agencies a voice in the conversation.” “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with CMUA on this unique and visionary initiative,” said RSI CEO Michael Shepard. “We expect California Water & Power to quickly become a must-read on energy and water issues not just in California, but across the U.S.”

California Water & Power will be distributed in print and digital versions to CMUA members, state regulators, policymakers and legislators, and other key influencers and stakeholders in the water and power industries. The first issue of the magazine is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2018.

CMUA and RSI are natural teammates for the new magazine. Both organizations have worked for decades to advance the interests of community-owned utilities. CMUA’s member agencies provide water service to 27 million people and power service to another 9 million. Revenues for these utilities is estimated to be $10 billion per year.

RSI, a not-for-profit communications cooperative based in Hillsboro, Oregon,  provides customizable magazines in partnership with consumer-owned utilities, as well as website hosting and other services to utilities in California, the West  and nationwide. Its Efficiency Services Group subsidiary, which focuses on providing energy efficiency services, has a long history of partnership with many CMUA member utilities.

CMUA will produce the editorial content in California Water & Power, RSI will assist with content and direct the magazine’s design, production, distribution and business functions.

For editorial inquiries, please contact CMUA Communications Manager Matt Williams at For questions about magazine circulation, email For questions about advertising in California Water & Power, please contact Michael Shepard at CW&

Matt Williams, Communications Manager

Ruralite Services
Kathi VandeZanden, Director, Marketing and Communications


CMUA Hires New Executive Director

January 23, 2017 – Longtime Municipal Utility Association Executive Tapped to Lead California Association

barry-moline-head-shotCalifornia Municipal Utilities Association (“CMUA”) Board of Directors announced November 10 that Barry Moline has been named Executive Director for CMUA. Moline will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the execution of CMUA’s mission to represent the common interests of the diverse coalition of California’s publicly-owned utilities and water agencies.

Mr. Moline previously served as the executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association since 1996. Before joining FMEA, he worked in Washington, D.C. for the American Public Power Association. In addition, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala.

Michelle Bertolino, CMUA President stated that “Barry brings leadership and passion for our mission, and we’re confident he will be a strong steward engaging the community, our membership, and the industry stakeholders. The Board was looking for a rare combination of talent and we feel we have found that with Barry. He will be a great fit for the culture and work of CMUA.” Moline will join the CMUA staff on January 23, 2017.

Moline’s resume includes over 20 years of leadership and management experience. He brings extensive experience in energy planning, policy development, regulation and energy efficiency. Moline’s managerial strengths and facilitation and consensus-building skills will provide excellent guidance and leadership to members and staff.