Vinita – Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan is now part of a key task force among the nation’s public power electric utilities.
Sullivan has been appointed to the American Public Power Association (APPA) CEO Climate Change and Generation Policy Task Force. APPA CEO Mark Crisson informed Sullivan of the appointment this week.
“This is timely for GRDA, as we are facing our own decisions about future generation,” said Sullivan. “I look forward to the interaction I can have with other utility leaders as we discuss these issues.”
The task force was originally formed in 2006 to assist APPA in developing policy positions on climate change. Last year, it expanded its mission to address the many environmental regulations impacting the nation’s public power utilities. Those regulations could especially impact utilities, like GRDA, that generate a portion of their electricity with coal.
“The task force also focuses on issues surrounding resource management and the ways renewable generation can be integrated into the mix,” added Sullivan.
Coal is just one portion of GRDA’s overall diverse electric generation portfolio. The utility also has hydroelectric generation and gas-fired generation assets. Soon, GRDA will also add wind generation to its portfolio.
“For all these reasons, I think it’s a good time for GRDA to be a part of a policy-shaping group like this one,” said Sullivan.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APPA is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 publicly-owned electric utilities. Combined, these utilities serve more than 46 million Americans. APPA was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and public power consumers.
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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