In Memoriam: Denton (Lou) Peoples, Former CCAP Board Member


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2016—The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) is sad to report the loss of Denton Louis (Lou) Peoples, a longtime member of the Board of Directors and key leader on our executive committee, who died in the company of his family on May 24, 2016 after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Peoples made tremendous contributions to CCAP, in his more than 20 years on the Board.

“Lou always went the extra mile for CCAP, helping us to launch a successful California office, playing a major role in developing and financing several of our major projects on electricity deregulation and air quality, including championing a successful nitrogen oxides regional strategy for air pollution reduction that EPA adopted, while he was the CEO of Orange and Rockland.  Lou also provided valued guidance to our budget and finance operations over the years,” said Ned Helme, founder and former President of the Center for Clean Air Policy.

After attending Harvard Business School, Lou embarked on a long career in the energy industry. He had more than 40 years’ experience in utilities, manufacturing, engineering construction and consulting. In 1999, he retired as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Office of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., headquartered in the state of New York. He was a member of the Board of Directors of NorthWestern Energy until a month before his death.

A lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Lou served the community in a number of scouting leadership roles, including president and director of the Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America. He continued this commitment to scouting after his retirement, serving on the Executive Board of the Nevada Area Council, BSA. Lou will be remembered for his integrity, incredible work ethic, strict observance of the speed limit, dedicated friendships, love of the outdoors, and for being a wonderful husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, his son Jim Peoples and his wife Julie. his son John Peoples and his wife Mandy, his daughter Anne Worrall, his four wonderful grandchildren, Josh, Hannah, Sophia and Miles, and his sister Annabelle Kapelke and her family.

“We deeply appreciated Lou’s integrity, intelligence, commitment to objectivity, enthusiasm and openness to new ideas. Lou always asked the tough questions, helped shape Board consensus, and strongly endorsed CCAP’s analytic objectivity in the larger policy community.   In addition, Lou was an incredibly loyal friend and mentor to me. I and the whole CCAP family will sorely miss him,” Helme said.