Speaker:

Mike Keyser

BARC Electric

Mike Keyser is the Chief Executive Officer of BARC Electric Cooperative, a rural Virginia electric cooperative located three hours southwest of Washington DC, serving 13,000 members. During Mr. Keyser’s seven years at BARC, the cooperative has launched several groundbreaking projects, including a 550 kilowatt community solar array (the first and only in Virginia), and the first phase of a fiber-to-the-home project to bring gigabit Internet, voice and video service to all BARC members. Prior to joining BARC, Mr. Keyser spent four years as the CEO of the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA), a utility located in American Samoa, an island archipelago of the South Pacific. ASPA is the third-largest employer in American Samoa, employing about 450 employees, and providing electric, water, wastewater, and trash service to all five islands. Mr. Keyser holds an undergraduate degree in business from Washington State University and a law degree from Seattle University School of Law, and is a member of the Washington State and American Samoa bars.