Grand River Dam Authority to supply even more renewable energy to Google with new Oklahoma wind farm

VINITA, OKLA. – November 30, 2017 — The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) announced today that it has signed a contract with Google for 140 megawatts (MW) of The Red Dirt Wind Farm. The Red Dirt Wind Farm is a 300-megawatt facility located in Oklahoma’s Kingfisher and Logan counties. Constructed by the project owner and eventual operator, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., the wind farm will be operational by the end of 2017 and will bring GRDA’s total wind generation capacity (combined across several wind farms in Oklahoma) to approximately 385 MW.

“This is another important milestone in GRDA’s continued pursuit of more renewable energy in our generation portfolio,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “The commitment that our partner Google has made to utilizing renewables has always been an important factor in that pursuit.”

Once the wind farm comes online, by the end of 2017 the additional capacity will help Google reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its energy consumption for global operations.

“Renewables from projects like Red Dirt bring value to our business as we scale and accelerate investment in the communities where we operate,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure. “With solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”

In addition to its power purchase agreement with Red Dirt, GRDA also has a power purchase agreement with the Canadian Hills Wind Farm, near El Reno, Oklahoma. GRDA has been supplying Google’s electricity needs in MAIP since the data center began operations in 2011.

ABOUT GRDA

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electricity and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency. 

 

GRDA “Rush For Brush” program receives Keep Oklahoma Beautiful award

GRDA’s “Rush For Brush” program was the recipient of the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) “State Government Program” at the recent KOB Environmental Excellence Celebration. Representing GRDA at the banquet were (from left) Vice President of Scenic Rivers Operations (and new KOB Board Member) Ed Fite; Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton; Ecosystems Management Administrative Coordinator Jacklyn Jaggars; Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend; and Biologist Dustin Browning. (photo courtesy Keep Oklahoma Beautiful).

The Grand River Dam Authority’s popular “Rush For Brush” program – established a decade ago to help enhance the fisheries habitat on GRDA lake waters – is the recipient of the 2017 “State Government Program” award, presented by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB). GRDA received the award at the KOB Environmental Excellence Celebration on Saturday, November 17, in Norman.

The GRDA Ecosystems Management Department created the program as a way to enhance the fisheries habitat in the waters of Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. At annual workshops, GRDA supplies the materials and volunteers supply the labor to help construct these habitats from concrete blocks and PVC pipe. Designed to protect fry and fingerlings in the water, the artificial habitats will stay in place longer than a natural brush pile in the lake. After construction, volunteers take the finished habitats and put them at a location of their choosing in the lake. Since the first workshop in 2007, the program’s popularity and participation has continued to rise. At the same time, the fisheries of GRDA lake waters (as well as the fishing reputation among anglers) has also continued to grow.

GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend  and GRDA Ecosystems Management Administrative Coordinator Jacklyn Jaggars were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the organization. Also representing GRDA at the event were Vice President of Scenic Rivers Operations Ed Fite (who was named to the KOB Board of Directors earlier this month); GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton and GRDA Biologist Dustin Browning.

According to www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com, KOB is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1965 and is a state affiliate of “Keep America Beautiful” which is a nonprofit organization with a national network of nearly 1,000 participating organizations working together to improve communities through litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification.  Its mission is to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.”

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency. 

Public Notice of Event Attendance

PUBLIC NOTICE
OF EVENT ATTENDANCE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GRAND RIVER DAM AUTHORITY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017

Notice is hereby given that three or more members of the Board of Directors of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) may gather together to attend the Dedication Ceremony for the GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center’s Unit 3 Combined Cycle Natural Gas Electric Power Generation Unit, on Friday, October 27th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. This event will be held at GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center, 812 Highway 412B, Chouteau, Oklahoma. The event is by invitation only. No action will be taken.

Note: Posted at Craig County Clerk’s Office, Vinita, Oklahoma; Grand River Dam Authority Administration Headquarters, 226 W. Dwain Willis Avenue, Vinita, Oklahoma; Mayes County Clerk’s Office, Pryor, Oklahoma; GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center, 812 Highway 412B, Chouteau, Oklahoma; and at www.grda.com.

Public Notice of Event Attendance

PUBLIC NOTICE
OF EVENT ATTENDANCE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GRAND RIVER DAM AUTHORITY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017

Notice is hereby given that three or more members of the Board of Directors of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) may gather together to attend the Construction Partners Dinner to celebrate GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center’s Unit 3 Combined Cycle Natural Gas Electric Power Generation Unit, on Thursday, October 26th, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at The Summit Club, 15 W. 6th St. #2913, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event is by invitation only. No action will be taken.

Note: Posted at Craig County Clerk’s Office, Vinita, Oklahoma; Grand River Dam Authority Administration Headquarters, 226 W. Dwain Willis Avenue, Vinita, Oklahoma; Tulsa County Clerk’s Office, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and at www.grda.com.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

Grand River Dam Authority Project No. 1494-438

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS

(October 23, 2017)

On November 14 and 15, 2017, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) staff will host a series of public information sessions regarding the procedure for relicensing Grand River Dam Authority’s (GRDA) Pensacola Hydroelectric Project No. 1494 (Pensacola Project). The project is located on the Grand (Neosho) River in Craig, Delaware, Mayes, and Ottawa Counties, Oklahoma.

a. Date, Time, and Location of Meetings:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center
420 OK-28
Langley, OK 74350
(918) 256-5545

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center
420 OK-28
Langley, OK 74350
(918) 256-5545

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Grove City Hall
104 West Third Street
Grove, OK. 74344
(918) 786-6107

b. FERC Contact: Rachel McNamara, 202-502-8340 or rachel.mcnamara@ferc.gov

c. Purpose of Meeting: In January 2018, the Commission will commence relicensing of the project under the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP). To assist local, state, and federal agencies, Indian tribes, and other interested entities and individuals in participating during the relicensing process, Commission staff invite the public to attend information sessions about the ILP and how stakeholders can best participate in the process.

d. Proposed Agenda: Each meeting will include an overview of the ILP and discussion of the specific process plan (schedule) for the Pensacola Project, opportunities for public comment, and how the Commission assesses information needs during the study planning process. There will also be time for stakeholders to ask any additional questions related to the relicensing process.

Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.