Even a quick review of the Grand River Dam Authority’s 2013 reveals that it was an important year for the organization and its assets. From assisting with the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in February to making pivotal decisions about future electric generation assets, GRDA’s year was highlighted by a wide-range of issues that touched all parts of its mission.
It has been a full 12 months now since the Authority held its initial 2013 meetings with customers to discuss the future of its electric generation assets. Driven by new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, aging assets and the need to meets its low-cost, reliable electricity goals; GRDA spent much of the year developing its future generation plan. With input from those customers and other stakeholders, as well as much internal discussion and research, the plan was developed over the summer and approved by the GRDA Board of Directors in August. During 2014, much of the work to implement the plan will get underway.
Meanwhile, much has already been written and reviewed in regards to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic that visited Grand Lake in February. From the earliest stages of planning, right on through the event and at its venues (both at Wolf Creek Park and in Tulsa) GRDA was a presence to help facilitate the tournament and promote the lakes region. In fact, that tournament helped to jumpstart a year in which thousands of boaters and hundreds of tournaments visited GRDA lakes, bringing both an economic boost to the region and the promise of more to come in the years ahead.
Still, much of GRDA’s 2013 was simply about taking care of business. Not every day involved a major fishing event or a milestone decision about future generation, but every day did involve producing and delivering electric power, caring for the resources of the Grand River system and maintaining the operation that serves as a powerful economic development engine for Oklahoma. In 2014, GRDA is committed to doing all these things again.
From all of Team GRDA to you and yours, Happy New Year!
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75-plus years.
– Justin Alberty
GRDA Corporate Communications Director
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