Our Management/ About MMPA

Avant Energy provides management services to MMPA including both strategic and day-to-day management. Avant’s experience in power supply planning and development of power plants is important to MMPA’s long-term success.

Three Avant people have primary responsibility for MMPA management.

Derick Dahlen

Derick Dahlen has served as the executive manager since MMPA’s founding in 1992, providing strategic guidance, long-term planning services in addition to overseeing the development of generation projects. Mr. Dahlen has over thirty years of experience in the electric industry and has provided energy supply management services to many public power utilities and universities.


Mr. Dahlen holds an M.B.A from the University of Virginia and did his undergraduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Joseph Fulliero

Joe Fulliero is the Vice President of Operations for Avant and oversees the day-to-day operations of MMPA, including energy procurement, dispatch of the agencies resources and energy trading. Prior to working with the agency, Mr. Fulliero was employed with Split Rock Energy, Northeast Utilities and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Fulliero is a registered Professional Engineer with over twenty-five years of experience in the electric industry.


Mr. Fulliero has a masters degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Liberal Arts from the University of Connecticut and Fairfield University, respectively.

Harold Little

Harold Little is Vice President of Finance for Avant and oversees all of MMPA’s finance, accounting and budgeting activities.  Mr. Little came to MMPA with extensive energy industry experience, having previously spent over 19 years in the energy industry at NRG Energy, CogenAmerica, and CONSOL, Inc.  Prior to joining Avant, Mr. Little served as Vice President of Finance for Empi, Inc, a manufacturer of medical equipment.


Mr. Little earned a B.S. in Economics and a M.S. in Mineral Economics from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Little also holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Competitive Strategy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.