Mueller’s involvement began when he managed a weatherization program for low-income customers while he was a Wisconsin Gas Co. employee. For the past 15 years, he’s served on the state’s Low Income Energy Advisory Committee, a cross-functional group of representatives from nonprofit organizations, various counties, utilities and the state Division of Energy.
The committee assists with planning and providing input to state policies and programs for low-income assistance. Mueller said he enjoys working with the committee “to make sure dollars are used properly and that policy decisions are good for our customers.”
The award was presented to Mueller on Feb. 14, 2012, during the annual state low-income conference. Bob Jones, executive director of Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP), also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jones served as a member of the task force formed by We Energies and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to design the Low Income Pilot. WISCAP is a voluntary association of 16 community action agencies that work together on issues of policy, resource mobilization, training and development, and advocacy to foster economic self-sufficiency for Wisconsin’s low-income households.