GRDA and Power for “Future” Progress …

Power for Progress…
A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority

GRDA CEO Dan Sullivan (left) talks to industrial customer representatives during a GRDA Customer meeting earlier this year. Telling its story and sharing future plans on multiple issues such as electric generation and transmission, compliance, lake management and more, has been a top priority for GRDA throughout 2012.

After 75-plus years of service to the people and the state of Oklahoma, the Grand River Dam Authority certainly has produced an interesting and colorful history. Like the Grand River itself, it is a history that is unique to Oklahoma, flowing with stories about electricity generation, economic development, environmental stewardship and the Oklahomans who have played their part. Since the beginning of 2012, this column has detailed some of the history while also giving readers a closer look at the GRDA of today with detailed information about GRDA facilities and operations, public outreach efforts and leadership.

Going forward, the Power For Progress goal will continue to center around showing readers the big picture of GRDA. However, as the Authority gains momentum on its next 75 years of service to Oklahoma, we hope to share even more information about tomorrow; about plans being made and improvements underway.

In December 2011 – just a week after Dan Sullivan joined GRDA as Chief Executive Officer – the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector released the findings of its GRDA performance audit. Covering a period from July 1, 2003 through March 31, 2011, the audit was viewed as a benchmark by the new GRDA leadership team. In its review of operations, policies and procedures, it revealed areas of key improvements since the last audit was completed, in 2003, but if also outlined areas where improvements can be made going forward. Since that time, the goal of GRDA has been to take full advantage of the audit findings and make those improvements.

Improvements and positive results are already evident. In the area of purchasing, specifically in competitive bidding, GRDA has streamlined the process, even adding electronic posting of bid awards to Recently, GRDA even asked the state auditor to formally examine the bid evaluation and award process. The examination revealed no areas of concern and gave GRDA a “clean bill of health.” 

That is just one part of the “power for future progress” story GRDA plans to share.  

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 years.

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