GRDA’s Sullivan to serve on national public power board

GRDA CEO/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan was elected to the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors on Monday, October 7.

GRDA CEO/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan was elected to the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors on Monday, October 7.

Vinita – Calling it an opportunity to guide both state and national public power issues, Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan has accepted an appointment to the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors. The APPA Board made Sullivan’s appointment official during its October 7 meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this board and look forward to providing input on the many issues our industry faces,” said Sullivan. “It is also essential that Oklahoma continues to have a seat at this important table.”
Sullivan’s new board post was previously held by Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) General Manager Cindy Holman, who has recently retired. Sullivan will finish Holman’s term and then be eligible for election to a full board term.

“GRDA has been very involved with APPA over the years and it’s a relationship we want to continue,” said Sullivan. “The organization’s work is important to our efforts to maintain low-cost, reliable electricity and all the benefits of public power.”

Already actively involved in national public power issues, Sullivan has been a member of the APPA CEO Climate Change and Generation Policy Task Force since July 2012. That group was 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.

Sullivan has also been a member of the Large Public Power Council Board of Directors since GRDA joined that organization in June of 2012. The LPPC is comprised of 26 of the nation’s largest publicly owned electric utilities. In terms of electric generation, GRDA is the nation’s 16th largest public power utility.

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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