GRDA’s third annual “lake launch” event takes place May 2

Free and open to the public …

Langley – It is almost time for the Grand River Dam Authority’s Third Annual “Lake Launch” and you are invited!

Public Lake Launch Invite2014 for web rotationThe 2014 GRDA Lake Launch event will be an opportunity to say “Aloha, Summer” when it takes place on Friday, May 2, from 6 to 8 PM, at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley. A free event, and open to the public, it will include food, music and displays from lake area vendors. Meanwhile, GRDA’s police boats and helicopter will also be on display in the parking lot immediately adjacent to the dam (old lake patrol parking lot).

It will also be an opportunity for the public to meet with the GRDA Lake Operations Team and get answers to any questions you might have in regards to lake permits, rules & regulations, Pensacola Dam tours, facility use and rentals, dock billing, shoreline cleanup and GRDA’s ecosystems management efforts. Also, there will be plenty of door prizes (but you must be present to win).

Come visit the reception and information booths from 6 PM to 7:10 PM. After that, stay to hear from GRDA during the “state of the lake” address by GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. He will update the public on the issues affecting Grand and Hudson lakes, including information on GRDA’s ongoing programs, goals and plans for Summer 2014.

Remember, the fun starts at 6 PM. The GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center is located at 420 Hwy 28 Langley, Oklahoma, just west of Pensacola Dam.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 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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GRDA bringing new focus to economic development efforts

Oklahoma City – In an effort to bring even more value to its beneficial partnerships with customers, the Grand River Dam Authority is bringing a new focus to economic development.

At its April 9 meeting, the GRDA Board of Directors approved two contracts – one geared towards industrial development, the other towards retail development – that are designed to help promote the communities that buy wholesale electric power from GRDA.

“Our Oklahoma public power customer communities are great places to do business,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “We want to help promote that and help these communities be prepared when business and industry is looking to expand or relocate.”

GRDA supplies wholesale electricity to 16 Oklahoma communities and Sullivan told the board that providing economic development assistance is not only good for those customers but good for GRDA as well.

“The strength of GRDA is found in the communities that it serves. The stronger our communities are economically, the stronger our organization is in the future,” said Sullivan. “These two programs go hand-in-glove and will help our communities recruit needed industry and retail to support the economic growth we are seeing in Oklahoma. The GRDA customer communities are wonderful places to do business and we plan to assist them in marketing their strengths to a wider audience.”

The GRDA Board approved a contract for industrial development consulting with Smith & Gray Company, LLC and the contract for retail development consulting was approved with Retail Attractions, LLC. Both contracts are for one year, with an opportunity for four renewals, and services will be available to all of GRDA’s customer communities.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 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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TradeWind Energy and GRDA to deliver low-cost, renewable wind energy to Oklahoma residents

The Mustang Run and Breckinridge projects in rural Oklahoma will boost the economy while providing low-cost Energy to Oklahomans

photo courtesy of www.tradewindenergy.com

photo courtesy of www.tradewindenergy.com

Lenexa, Kan. (March 25, 2014) –TradeWind Energy, Inc., one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S., today announced it has entered into long-term renewable energy purchase agreements with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) to deliver low-cost wind energy from two Oklahoma wind projects.

Together the 136 MW Mustang Run project in Osage County and the 98 MW Breckinridge project near Enid will produce enough low-cost energy to supply about 65,000 Oklahoma homes. The projects will pay approximately $50 million to TradeWind’s landowner partners and generate in excess of $30 million in total ad valorem property taxes, over the next 20 years. The projects will create approximately 20 full-time jobs once they are both operational and will require 300 construction jobs to build.

With Mustang Run and Breckinridge, TradeWind will have developed or begun construction on six wind projects in Oklahoma since 2011. The projects represent just under 1 GW of capacity, $1.6 billion in capital investment and well over $200 million in aggregate landowner payments.

“Oklahoma has an outstanding natural resource in wind, but what sets it apart for development is the state’s commitment to encouraging wind energy in a way that creates jobs and spurs investment in local communities,” said Sanjay Bhasin, TradeWind’s senior vice president for business development.

TradeWind has been collaborating with state and local agencies, landowners and community members in the communities surrounding the two projects. In December, TradeWind partnered with the Shidler School District in Osage County to provide two new school buses for students after company officials learned that the rural school district was experiencing transportation troubles. In response, Shidler’s School Superintendent John Herzig commented, “I guess Santa’s sleigh is big and yellow in Osage County this year.”

“We take pride in being an integral part of the community on every project we develop, and we are looking forward to doing the same on these projects,” Bhasin said.

GRDA’s goal is to have a well-balanced and diversified generation portfolio, said GRDA CEO and Director of Investments, Dan Sullivan.

“The addition of these wind projects will help bring the diversity we need,” Sullivan said. “The fuel options we will have in the future will continue to serve our customers well with reliability and affordability. We look forward to our partnership with TradeWind in this very important step toward our future.”

The Mustang Run wind project will be developed on 16,000 acres in Osage County, ten miles west of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The 20-year power purchase agreement between TradeWind Energy and GRDA for 136 MW was approved by the GRDA board of directors. An estimated 150 people will be employed during the construction phase with the fully operational project requiring up to ten full-time workers.

The Breckinridge wind project will be developed on approximately 10,000 acres in Garfield County just north of the town of Breckinridge. The 20-year power purchase agreement with GRDA for 98 MW was approved by the GRDA board.

Each project is expected to contribute up to $2 million annually in direct payments to the respective local communities via property taxes and rent payments to landowners who will host the turbine easements over the 20-year contract terms.

About TradeWind Energy
TradeWind logoTradeWind Energy, Inc. is one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S. Founded in 2003, the company has earned a reputation for its innovation in the market, its highly skilled and passionate team, and for its respect for the people and communities where it develops projects. TradeWind was honored with the Kansas Governor’s Energy Achievement Award and was bestowed the national Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award by the American Wind Energy Association. The company’s founders were named 2013 finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.

TradeWind takes great pride in its demonstrated ability to deliver low-cost wind and solar energy to diverse markets while maintaining an uncompromising commitment to long-term project quality. To date, TradeWind has completed more than 1 GW of installed wind capacity, representing $1.7 billion of capital invested, and is rapidly expanding its solar development portfolio. The company is actively developing about 3,000 MW of wind and solar energy projects in multiple states across the U.S. For more information, visit www.tradewindenergy.com.

About GRDA
GRDAlogoPMS286PMS348HiRes smallHeadquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 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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GRDA, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas sign agreement for combined cycle unit

Tulsa — One of the most important contract signings in Grand River Dam Authority history has moved the utility one step closer to a new era in electricity production for customers across Oklahoma.

Mr. Yoshihiro Shiraiwa, president of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA, left) and Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan, shake hands after signing an historic agreement between the two organizations, during a special ceremony in Tulsa on Friday, March 21. MHPSA will supply GRDA with a new combined cycle natural gas generation unit. That unit (GRDA Unit 3) will be located at the Grand River Energy Center (formerly GRDA Coal Fired Complex), east of Chouteau. It will have the capability to produce 495 megawatts (MW) of electricity, will be the first of its kind in the western hemisphere, and has the potential to be the most efficient combined cycle unit in the country, when it goes into operation in March 2017.

Mr. Yoshihiro Shiraiwa, president of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA, left) and Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan, shake hands after signing an historic agreement between the two organizations, during a special ceremony in Tulsa on Friday, March 21. MHPSA will supply GRDA with a new combined cycle natural gas generation unit. That unit (GRDA Unit 3) will be located at the Grand River Energy Center (formerly GRDA Coal Fired Complex), east of Chouteau. It will have the capability to produce 495 megawatts (MW) of electricity, will be the first of its kind in the western hemisphere, and has the potential to be the most efficient combined cycle unit in the country, when it goes into operation in March 2017.

On Friday afternoon, GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan signed a contract with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas for the purchase of a combined cycle natural gas generation unit. That unit (GRDA Unit 3), will not only have the capability to produce 495 megawatts (MW) of electricity but it also has the potential to be the most efficient of its kind in the United States. Unit 3 will be located at the Grand River Energy Center (formerly GRDA Coal Fired Complex), east of Chouteau, Oklahoma.

Sullivan signed the agreement, along with Mr. Yoshihiro Shiraiwa, President of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA), during a special ceremony at the GRDA Engineering and Technology Center in Tulsa.

“This is an historic agreement for both GRDA and Mitsubishi,” said Sullivan. “This unit will be the first of its kind in the western hemisphere. It is state-of-the-art technology, and as a combined cycle unit, it will operate very efficiently while providing low-cost, reliable electricity for GRDA customers for decades to come.”

A combined cycle unit produces electricity in two ways: Natural gas is first used to fuel a combustion turbine-generator and then heat from that process will be recaptured and used to produce steam to turn another steam turbine-generator.

This process allows the unit to achieve the high efficiency, while also allowing for lower fuel consumption and lower emissions. GRDA anticipates the new Unit 3 to be operational by March 2017.

“Part of the GRDA Board’s strategy is to reduce our reliance on coal,” said Sullivan.

“We can achieve some of that with this new facility. By burning natural gas from right here in Oklahoma, we will have a diversified generation portfolio that will continue to keep costs low for our customers.”

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 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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Public Notice of Event Attendance

PUBLIC NOTICE
OF EVENT ATTENDANCE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GRAND RIVER DAM AUTHORITY
AND
THE HONORABLE MARY FALLIN, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

Notice is hereby given that three or more members of the Board of Directors of
the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) and the Honorable Mary Fallin,
Governor of the State, may gather together to attend the signing of the contract
between the Grand River Dam Authority and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
of America for the purchase and delivery of a combustion turbine and a steam
turbine on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. This event will be held at the
GRDA Engineering and Technology Center, 9933 East 16th Street, Tulsa,
Oklahoma. Members of the public are invited. No action will be taken.

Notice is further given that three or more members of the Board of Directors of
the Grand River Dam Authority and the Honorable Mary Fallin, Governor of the
State, may gather together for a private reception following the signing of the
contract referenced above. This event will be held at Southern Hills Country
Club, 2636 East 61st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday, March 21, 2014,
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. This event is by invitation only. No action will be taken.

Notice is further given that three or more members of the Board of Directors of
the Grand River Dam Authority and the Honorable Mary Fallin, Governor of the
State, may gather together to attend a private dinner following the reception
referenced above. This event will be held at a private home on Friday, March 21,
2014, at 7:00 p.m. This 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; GRDA Engineering and Technology
Center, 9933 East 16th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and at www.grda.com.

Spring cleaning around the shoreline … GRDA schedules shoreline cleanup for early April

Langley – The Grand River Dam Authority is announcing it has scheduled special “spring cleaning” shoreline cleanup for April 1 through 5. While the traditional summer cleanup will still take place on June 21, the April cleanup will give lake area stakeholders an opportunity to dispose of old dock foam and shoreline debris at the beginning of the busy boating season.

During this cleanup, there will be seven different sites for debris disposal. Beginning Tuesday April 1, and running through Saturday, April 5, shoreline debris (please no household trash or commercial dumping) can be taken to the following locations, between 8AM and 5PM:

• Clearwater Bay Marina parking lot – Raper Hollow – east of Disney
• Discount Docks – back end of Duck Creek near Grand Lake RV Resort – Cleora
• GRDA Hangar boat ramp parking lot – near Red Arrow Marina – Cleora
• Hammerhead West Marina – south of Ketchum
• Red 11 Marina parking lot – east of Sailboat Bridge – Grove
• Monkey Island boat ramp – west of Shangri-La Marina
• City of Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant – North Cherokee Street in Grove
For more information, contact GRDA’s Lori Starks at (918) 256 0644 or lstarks@grda.com.

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 touches 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to 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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Looking ahead to warmer temps, boating season … GRDA schedules 2014 lake events

Langley – Want a preview of the 2014 boating season on Grand and Hudson lakes? Here are a few things the Grand River Dam Authority is already planning.

With winter soon giving way to spring and warmer weather in sight, GRDA wants to do its part to help you prepare for the upcoming lake season. Whether you need to take a safe boating course, want an opportunity to meet with GRDA’s lake operations team, are ready to help “lend a hand” or help enhance the fish habitat, this information will be useful to you.

GRDA Officer Jason Littlefield instructing students at a 2013 safe boating class. GRDA will once again offer the free courses on select Saturdays, March through July.

GRDA Officer Jason Littlefield instructing students at a 2013 safe boating class. GRDA will once again offer the free courses on select Saturdays, March through July.

The Authority has already scheduled the 2014 round of free Safe Boating Classes. Back in 2007, the Kyle Williams Safe Boating Act became law. It prohibits children between the ages of 12 and 16 years of age; without a valid driver’s license, from operating any vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower, or sailing vessel 16 feet or longer, without first completing a state-approved boater safety course. These courses will allow young boaters to fulfill that requirement.

All courses will be held on Saturdays, from 8AM to 5PM. The first one will be Saturday, March 22 at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center (Langley), with additional courses as follows:

• March 29, at Langley City Hall
• April 19, at the Tulsa Technology Center
• May 10, June 21 and July 12 at the Ecosystems and Education Center

For more information on the courses, or to register, contact GRDA’s Lori Starks at (918) 256 0644.

Lake Launch

GRDA’s Tyler Brown (left), Amanda Gray and Kenny Baker take part in the 2013 Lake Launch event at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center. The 2014 event has been scheduled for Friday, May 2.

GRDA’s Tyler Brown (left), Amanda Gray and Kenny Baker take part in the 2013 Lake Launch event at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center. The 2014 event has been scheduled for Friday, May 2.

Meanwhile, lake stakeholders may also want to mark their calendars for Friday, May 2. That is the date for the third annual “GRDA Lake Launch,” which will also be held at the Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.

The event is an opportunity for the public to meet with GRDA lake operations personnel, including the officers who will be patrolling Grand and Hudson lakes this summer, as well as GRDA’s ecosystems and lake permitting staff. Participants can also visit with lake area vendors, tour the building and learn more about the upcoming 2014 boating season on GRDA lakes. Be watching for more information on the 2014 Lake Launch as the date draws closer.

Rush for brush and lend a hand…
The GRDA Ecosystems Management Department has also scheduled two “Rush For Brush” workshops for this year. The first will be held on Saturday, April 19, at the Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Another workshop is then scheduled for June 7, in the lower parking lot of the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.

GRDA is encouraging all area anglers to take part in these workshops to help enhance the fish habitat on Grand and Hudson lakes. Participants will build fish habits that can be picked up at the end of the day for placement in the lakes. However, supplies are limited, so please reserve your “build a brush” kit by contacting GRDA’s Jacklyn Jaggars at (918) 256 0723.

Finally, it’s not too early to think about “lending a hand for Lady Grand” during the 2014 shoreline cleanup event. That event is scheduled for Saturday, June 21 with the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron and GRDA teaming up to provide dumpsters, free of charge, to collect shoreline debris (not for household or commercial debris). This year, dumpsters will be located at:

• Ketchum Church of Christ (east of Ketchum)
• Bernice State Park
• Grove Springs Park (O’Daniel Street, behind McDonald’s in Grove)
• Old GRDA Lake Patrol parking lot

Each year during this event, volunteers help pick up the unsightly trash that not only helps keep the shoreline scenic but also safer. Be watching for more information, and reminders, as the date draws near, and plan to lend a hand in your area of Grand Lake.

For more information on these upcoming events, or other GRDA information, visit grda.com. Here’s hoping your 2014 boating season is safe and enjoyable!

The GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center is located in Langley, just west of historic Pensacola Dam, overlooking Grand Lake.

The GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center is located in Langley, just west of historic Pensacola Dam, overlooking Grand Lake.

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New name reflects a new, broader mission … Grand River Energy Center is new name of GRDA site

A new generation source and a broadened mission.

Those were key factors in the Grand River Dam Authority’s decision to rename one of its facilities that has been generating low-cost, reliable electricity for Oklahomans since the early 1980s.

A new logo, designed by GRDA Graphic Artist Karen Olinger, will also help to promote the name change to Grand River Energy Center.

A new logo, designed by GRDA Graphic Artist Karen Olinger, will also help to promote the name change to Grand River Energy Center.

Formerly known as the GRDA Coal Fired Complex (CFC) the site will now be called the Grand River Energy Center, home to both GRDA coal fired generation and, by 2017, a new combined cycle gas unit with the potential to be the most efficient in the entire country. GRDA unveiled the new name, and the facility’s new logo, at its February 12 board meeting.

“We felt the new name would better reflect both the importance of this site and its expanded mission,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan.

Sitting on a 1,245-acre site, located on the southern edge of the MidAmerica Industrial Park, the CFC has been GRDA’s main source of electricity production since both units (GRDA Units 1 & 2) began commercial operations in the early 1980s. Construction of the new gas unit (GRDA Unit 3) will serve to bolster the site’s importance as GRDA’s primary generator, while also adding fuel source diversity that will aid reliability.

Due to new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GRDA is also moving forward with plans to retrofit the emissions controls on GRDA Unit 2, to ready it for reliable production in the years ahead. A final decision on Unit 1 – possibly a decommissioning or conversion to gas – is still pending.

The new Unit 3 will produce electricity in two ways: natural gas is first used to fuel a combustion turbine-generator, and then heat from that process will be recaptured and used to produce steam to turn another steam turbine-generator. Because of this heat recovery process, and the unit’s state of the art design, it will be very efficient.

“Part of the GRDA Board’s strategy has been to reduce our reliance on coal,” said Sullivan. “We can achieve some of that with this new facility. By

New generation, new name … An aerial view of the new Grand River Energy Center (formerly Coal Fired Complex), combined with an artist’s rendering of the new combined cycle gas generation unit GRDA will be building on the site. The facility is being renamed to better reflect the broadened mission it will take on when the new unit is completed in 2017.

New generation, new name … An aerial view of the new Grand River Energy Center (formerly Coal Fired Complex), combined with an artist’s rendering of the new combined cycle gas generation unit GRDA will be building on the site. The facility is being renamed to better reflect the broadened mission it will take on when the new unit is completed in 2017.

burning natural gas from right here in Oklahoma, we will have a diversified generation portfolio that will continue to keep costs low for our customers.”

That diversified portfolio already includes coal, gas, water and wind resources. Unit 3’s construction and GRDA’s goal to expand its wind generation are important components in efforts to meet customer needs reliably and economically for many years to come.

Meanwhile, the new name – Grand River Energy Center – is also intended to reflect the mission of reliable electric production as well.

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 touches75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to 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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Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE

SH-85 ROADWAY IMPROVEMENT & BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
SECTION 4(F) DE MINIMIS IMPACTS TO KETCHUM PUBLIC FISHING AREA

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proposing to reconstruct a portion of highway and replace a bridge over Duck Creek on State Highway 85 (SH-85), a portion of which traverses the Ketchum Public Fishing Area (KPFA). The SH-85 road and bridge project begins 3.2 miles north and east of the Craig County line, in Delaware County, Oklahoma. A small portion of right-of-way within the KPFA will be required in order to reconstruct this highway and bridge. Due to the proposed transportation use of property located with the KPFA, Section 4(f) regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 apply to the project. Section 4(f) affords protection to publicly-owned recreation areas (resources) including city, state, and national parks, wildlife refuges or management areas, and historic sites.

ODOT has coordinated with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) with regard to avoidance and minimization of impacts of this project to the KPFA, and the GRDA is supportive of these measures. This will be accomplished in part by closing the existing bridge, and constructing the new highway and bridge on a slightly offset alignment to the west. Although through traffic access will be closed, the project will be constructed in phases in order to allow uninterrupted access to the fishing area during construction activities. ODOT is proposing to obtain approximately 0.47 acres of the 8.0 acre public fishing area, which constitutes less than 5.9 percent of the site. The use of appropriate best management practices (including storm water, erosion and dust control, and chemical/fuel handling) will be conscientiously implemented.

Based on the avoidance and minimization of impacts to the KPFA as described above, ODOT, in coordination with FHWA, are proposing a de minimis impact finding with regard to Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act (1966). ODOT welcomes your comments on the effects of this project on the projected activities, features, and attributes of the KPFA (the Section 4(f) resource). Please mail or e-mail any comments you have by March 24, 2014 to:

Mr. Joe Brutsché
Environmental Project Manager
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
200 NE 21st Street, Room 3D2A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
jbrutsche@odot.org

Tulsa’s Richie appointed to GRDA Board of Directors

GRDA Board Director Jim Richie.

GRDA Board Director Jim Richie.

Vinita – Jim Richie (Tulsa), co-founder and chief auctioneer for Kruse Energy & Equipment LLC, has been appointed to fill the vacant position on the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors. Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon appointed Richie to the spot, to fill a position previously held by Brent LaGere (Chandler). Richie began his service at the board’s January 22 meeting in Vinita. His term expires August 28, 2016.

Richie has been involved in the oilfield auction industry since 1981. He is a graduate of the Gregg School of Auctioneering and has worked in every aspect of the industry, from the clerk and cashier position to bid calling. Today, he is considered one of the top auctioneers in the country, and has been involved in over $2 billion in auction sales.

“Mr. Richie’s business experience and background in the energy industry will be a great addition to our organization,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “The management team looks forward to the opportunity to work with him.”

GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors, comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials) as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio, filled by the general manager of the OAEC and the executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees.

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 touches 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to 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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GRDA Board approves purchase of turbine generators for new electric generation plant

An aerial view of GRDA’s Coal Fired Complex (Chouteau), combined with an artist’s rendering of Unit 3 (foreground). The GRDA Board of Directors approved the purchase of the new combined cycle gas fired unit’s turbine generators during its January 22 meeting in Vinita.

An aerial view of GRDA’s Coal Fired Complex (Chouteau), combined with an artist’s rendering of Unit 3 (foreground). The GRDA Board of Directors approved the purchase of the new combined cycle gas fired unit’s turbine generators during its January 22 meeting in Vinita.

Vinita – Recent action by the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors will bring the utility closer to its long-term goals for low-cost, reliable electricity production while also bringing hundreds of new construction jobs to the area over the next three years.

When they met on January 22, GRDA Directors gave their unanimous approval for the utility to purchase turbine generators for a gas-fired generation unit to be built adjacent to the existing two-unit (Unit 1 and 2) GRDA Coal Fired Complex (Chouteau). The new unit (Unit 3) will be a “combined cycle” with the capability to efficiently produce 495 megawatts (MW) of electricity while also helping GRDA to meet new regulations set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“We are very appreciative of our board for making this decision and all the time and effort they have put into this plan,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “This recent action is a key milestone for GRDA because it moves us that much closer to an even more beneficial and efficient portfolio of generation assets.”

The combined cycle unit will produce electricity in two ways: Natural gas is first used to fuel a combustion turbine-generator, and then heat from that process will be recaptured and used to produce steam to turn another steam turbine-generator. Because of this heat recovery process, the GRDA unit will be very efficient.

“Part of the board’s strategy is to reduce our reliance on coal,” said Sullivan. “We can achieve some of that with this new facility. By burning natural gas from right here in Oklahoma, we will have a diversified generation portfolio that will continue to keep costs low for our customers.”

According to GRDA Assistant General Manager of Thermal and Hydro Generation Charles Barney, “when finished, this unit has the potential to be the most efficient combined cycle plant in the country.” He also said that GRDA’s selection of the unit was based on a number of factors; all oriented towards providing customers the lowest cost.

“We expect it to meet environmental standards,” said Barney, “and the pricing options we received fell below our budgeted amounts. We remain optimistic that the entire project can be completed at or below budget.”

Cost for the turbine-generators is $77,840,000, with total costs for the entire Unit 3 estimated to be $372 million. GRDA arrived at this decision, and these numbers, after much research and evaluation, as well as assistance from the Black & Veatch engineering firm. Contracts for the turbine-generators were awarded to Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (Lake Mary, Florida), subject to negotiations of satisfactory final terms. To provide natural gas fuel transportation, the GRDA Board also authorized GRDA management to finalize negotiations of a contract with Enable Oklahoma, an Oklahoma-based pipeline company.

Sullivan noted that constructing this type of facility will allow GRDA to minimize capital costs.

Meanwhile, the life-cycle costs no lower than the alternatives.

“Plus, it will be very reliable and we do expect it to eventually become GRDA’s primary generation unit,” he said.

Currently, the two-unit GRDA Coal Fired Complex is the primary generator for the facility. As part of the long-term generation plan, GRDA will also be doing a major retrofit project of the air quality controls on Unit 2, to meet environmental standards. A decision on Unit 1, whether to retrofit as a gas-burning unit or decommission, is still pending.

As those projects move forward, it will have a positive impact on the economy as well, said Sullivan.

“There will be a workforce of nearly 500 people devoted to the retrofit of Unit 2 and the construction of Unit 3 during the 2015-2016 timeframe,” he said. “As contractors get underway on this work they are going to need skilled labor here in our area.”

According to Barney, the new Unit 3 is expected to be put into service in spring 2017. Its addition to will bring greater balance to an electric generation portfolio that already includes coal, gas, hydro and wind assets in Oklahoma.

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.

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2013 Fall Currents

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GRDA no hunting/fishing moratorium

In response to recent public inquiries, the Grand River Dam Authority is reminding area hunters of the no-hunting policy for GRDA-owned property along the Neosho River, in Ottawa County.

In November, the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors extended, until December 31, 2016, a no-hunting/fishing moratorium on all Ottawa County property GRDA has acquired since 2005. This moratorium also prohibits all public access and, further, agricultural and ranching activities within and upon these lands to ensure public safety.

Due to those safety concerns, the moratorium is in place while GRDA continues to study future uses and mark clear property boundaries.

GRDA appreciates the public’s cooperation during this period.

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GRDA to host 2nd Annual “Crappie Christmas” Program

Vinita – Additional drop-off locations added this year … Once those live Christmas trees have served their purpose in your homes this holiday season, the Grand River Dam Authority is again asking you to consider putting them to another good use: fish habitats.

GRDA Fisheries Coordinator/Tournament Director Brent Davis unloads used, live Christmas trees during the first annual “Crappie Christmas” effort in January 2013. GRDA is asking the public to participate in the second annual habitat enhancement effort (December 26, 2013 – January 10, 2014) by dropping off their old trees at one of several locations around Grand and Hudson lakes.

GRDA Fisheries Coordinator/Tournament Director Brent Davis unloads used, live Christmas trees during the first annual “Crappie Christmas” effort in January 2013. GRDA is asking the public to participate in the second annual habitat enhancement effort (December 26, 2013 – January 10, 2014) by dropping off their old trees at one of several locations around Grand and Hudson lakes.

Yes, it is time for the second annual “Crappie Christmas,” and the GRDA Ecosystems Department will be collecting used, live Christmas trees between December 26 and January 10. This year, in response to public input, there will be several drop-off locations. On Grand Lake, those locations include the Wolf Creek Park boat ramp, Honey Creek State Park ramp, Bernice State Park boat ramp and the GRDA Lake Patrol parking lot (adjacent to the old patrol building). On Lake Hudson, trees can be dropped off at the Lions Club boat ramp in Salina.

Only live trees will be accepted and GRDA does ask that all decorations and ornaments be removed. Just bring the trees to the drop-off location and place them on the pile.

“This is another program, similar to the annual Rush for Brush events, that are designed to help enhance the fish habitat,” said GRDA Fisheries Coordinator/Tournament Director Brent Davis. “We’ll place all the trees we collect into Grand and Hudson lakes and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. They will make good cover for the small crappie and help boost those populations in the year ahead.”

Like the structures built during GRDA’s “Rush For Brush program, these submerged tree areas will also be prime fishing locations for area anglers, added Davis.

“That’s a win-win situation for the fish and the fishermen. We want to encourage the public to consider this option instead of burning their trees after Christmas.”

For more information on the “Crappie Christmas” program, contact GRDA’s Jacklyn Jaggars at (918) 256 0723 or jjaggars@grda.com

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With possible ice and freezing rain in the forecast … GRDA shares winter weather safety tips

A GRDA right-of-way covered in snow and ice following the blizzard-like conditions to hit the area in February 2011.

A GRDA right-of-way covered in snow and ice following the blizzard-like conditions to hit the area in February 2011.

Vinita — With the most recent weather forecasts for Northeastern Oklahoma calling for the possibility of winter precipitation later this week – including the possibility of ice and freezing rain – that means power outages are also a possibility.

While no one wants to experience that, it is important that we be prepared for it. Of course, part of that preparation should be an understanding of the dangers of power lines that have fallen under the weight of ice and snow. What follows are a collection of safety tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (esfi.org) and other sources. The Grand River Dam Authority has shared these before, but we wanted to passes them along again in hopes you will remain safe through the weather event, no matter what may come your way:

1. Always assume fallen power lines are energized. Stay at least ten feet away from a downed power line and any nearby objects it may be touching, such as a fence or a tree limb.

2. Remember, a power line does not need to be sparking or arcing to be energized, even if it is sagging close to or on the ground.

3. Be careful not to put your feet near water where a downed power line is located.

4. Do not drive over downed power lines

5. Contact your utility company immediately to report downed power lines outside your home.

6. Never touch a person who is in contact with a downed power line. Call 911 immediately.

7. Never attempt to move a downed power line with another object. Even non-conductive materials like wood or cloth that are slightly wet can conduct electricity.

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.

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FERC Order Modifying and Approving Grand Shoreline Management Plan

Please see the attached FERC order modifying and approving the Grand shoreline management plan, and also the SMP to be modified.

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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GRDA welcomes Grove’s Townsend to director post

Ed Townsend (Grove) has been appointed to the GRDA Board of Directors by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

Ed Townsend (Grove) has been appointed to the GRDA Board of Directors by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

Vinita — Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan said his agency is “pleased to welcome Ed Townsend to the GRDA Board of Directors.”

On Wednesday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s office announced that she has appointed Townsend (Grove) to serve on the GRDA Board. He will succeed outgoing board member Greg Grodhaus (Grove).

“Mr. Townsend brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board,” said Sullivan. “His relationship to the Grove community will bring a vital viewpoint to our board.” Grove is located on the shores of Grand Lake, a 46,500 surface-acre lake created when GRDA constructed Pensacola Dam in 1940.

The founder, owner and chief executive officer of Bank of Grove, Townsend previously served as chairman and CEO of Local Oklahoma Bank, a $3.3 billion commercial bank based in Oklahoma City.

His community service also includes time as chairman of Integris Health, based in Oklahoma City, and he was also instrumental in getting a 58-bed hospital built in Grove. Today, an area of that hospital bears the name Townsend Women and Children’s Center.

Townsend received bachelor’s degrees in economics and accounting, as well as a master’s in business administration in finance from the University of Texas.

He and his wife, Barbara, through their foundations and Bank of Grove, are actively involved in funding medical needs of children in Delaware County.

GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors, comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials) as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio, filled by the general manager of the OAEC and the executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees.

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 touches 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to 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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Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) will hold a public meeting on:

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Grand River Dam Authority
Administration Building
226 W. Dwain Willis Ave
Vinita OK 74301

The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public comments regarding a request for a commercial raw water contract by Dan Carter.

The property associated with this proposal is located on the Spring River in Cherokee County, Oklahoma.

GRDA wishes to solicit comments on this proposed project from all interested individuals and businesses. If you would like to submit written comments or have any questions, please contact Tamara Jahnke., Assistant General Counsel, P. O. Box 409, Vinita, OK 74350, (918) 256-0633.

Notice to the Public

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Please take notice that The Grand River Dam Authority has received an application for a private dock requiring directional bearing. Such directional bearing relates to a dock application for a private dock which if approved shall extend 77 feet across a cove, which measures 135 feet across from 750 feet mean sea level to 750 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Craig McElwain
Location: North Gran Tara Cove
Lake Address: 453775 Tara Trail, Afton, OK 74331
Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 22E, Section 14
Project: Private Dock

If you would like to request additional information, please address your request to the Grand River Dam Authority Administration Headquarters, P. O. Box 409, Vinita, Oklahoma 74301 or call (918) 256-5545 ext 4432.

Meyers new GRDA Chair

Edmond’s Chris Meyers (left) will serve as the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors Chairman during the next 12 months while Owasso’s Tom Kimball (right) will serve as chair-elect.  Both Meyers and Kimball began their tenure in their respective leadership posts during the board’s September 11 meeting in Vinita.

Edmond’s Chris Meyers (left) will serve as the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors Chairman during the next 12 months while Owasso’s Tom Kimball (right) will serve as chair-elect. Both Meyers and Kimball began their tenure in their respective leadership posts during the board’s September 11 meeting in Vinita.

Vinita – Chris Meyers (Edmond), General Manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), will lead the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors during the next 12 months. Meyers succeeds outgoing Chairman Greg Grodhaus (Grove), whose term on the board ended in August. Grodhaus was appointed to the board by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and had served since May 2011. Meyers began his term as chair during the board’s September 11 meeting.

The board’s electric cooperative representative, Meyers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma and has worked in the electric utility industry for nearly 30 years.

Tom Kimball (Owasso) will serve as the board’s chair-elect for the coming year. Kimball was elected to that post during the board’s August 14 meeting in Langley and also began his term at the September meeting.

A founding member of the Owasso Economic Development Authority, Kimball was appointed to the GRDA Board by Oklahoma Senate President Pro-Tempore Brian Bingman, and has served since November 2012. He has 51 years of experience in the retail business, spending 17 years in the corporate structure and 34 years with his private companies. Since 2005 he has been an active member of the board of Spirit Bank.

GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors, comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials) as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio, filled by the general manager of the OAEC and the executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees.

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 touches75 of 77 counties in the state, so the ability to see “what’s hot and what’s not” is important all across Oklahoma. At no cost to 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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As Labor Day weekend approaches … GRDA Offers Tips for Safe Boating

Holiday weekend on the water … Like all these visitors, who enjoyed a trip to Grand Lake over the July 4 holiday, many are expected to visit GRDA lakes during Labor Day Weekend 2013. GRDA is reminding all these boaters to “boat safe, smart and sober” during their time on the water.

Holiday weekend on the water … Like all these visitors, who enjoyed a trip to Grand Lake over the July 4 holiday, many are expected to visit GRDA lakes during Labor Day Weekend 2013. GRDA is reminding all these boaters to “boat safe, smart and sober” during their time on the water.

Langley – Even as summer 2013 begins to wind down, thousands are gearing up for the long Labor Day weekend on the waters of Grand and Hudson lakes. Whether they are coming to ski, swim, fish, sail or just cruise, lake enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the approximately 70,000 surface acres of water managed by the Grand River Dam Authority.

However, because crowds are expected, the GRDA Police Department does want to remind lake visitors to boat safe, boat smart and boat sober during the holiday weekend. As always, GRDA Officers will be on the waters to assist boaters, promote lake safety and enforce lake rules and regulations.

To help insure a safe outing, GRDA offers a few “DOs and DON’Ts” every boater should know.

DO wear a life jacket. According to the latest data available from the United States Coast Guard (2012 Life Jacket Wear Rate Observational Study) there were 533 drowning deaths in 2011. Unfortunately, 415 of those individuals were NOT wearing a life jacket. In other words, approximately 84 percent of those deaths might have been prevented if life jackets were in use.

DO know the water and environment you will be boating on. Check the weather and water conditions and know where hazards like sandbars or stump beds may be located.

DO keep a good lookout while underway. According to United States Coast Guard statistics, operator inattention and improper lookout continue to be among the top five leading factors in most boating accidents.

DO shut your engines off when people are in the water near your boat.

DO observe the nautical “rules of the road.”

DO check the weather forecast before getting underway.

DO keep a balanced load and trim boat.

DON’T overload your boat.

DON’T ride on the gunwale, bow, seat backs or any place that is not designated for sitting.

Finally, DON’T DRINK AND BOAT. Alcohol use continues to be the single leading factor contributing to boating accidents. Don’t become a statistic.

Also, please be aware of the signs, buoys, sirens, fencing and flashing lights you may see around Pensacola Dam, Robert S. Kerr Dam and the Salina Pumped Storage

Encouraging safe boating … GRDA Police Officer Tyler Brown visiting with Grand Lake boaters earlier this summer. With Labor Day Weekend 2013 fast approaching, Brown and the rest of the GRDA Police Department are reminding boaters to be safe, use common sense and enjoy the holiday weekend on Grand and Hudson lakes.

Encouraging safe boating … GRDA Police Officer Tyler Brown visiting with Grand Lake boaters earlier this summer. With Labor Day Weekend 2013 fast approaching, Brown and the rest of the GRDA Police Department are reminding boaters to be safe, use common sense and enjoy the holiday weekend on Grand and Hudson lakes.

Project. These are all intended to notify you of areas where water may rise swiftly, no trespassing or no diving is allowed or footing is unstable.

GRDA also reminds you that Labor Day weekend is your last chance to take advantage of this summer’s free tours of historic Pensacola Dam. Not only is the dam Oklahoma’s first hydroelectric facility, but it is also a member of the National Register of Historic Places.

Tours originate from the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center, located just west of the dam. If you are planning on taking the tour, remember to wear comfortable shoes (there is a fair amount of walking involved) and dress for the weather.

Finally, due to Homeland Security regulations, all persons over 18 are required to present some form of ID. Please be prepared to show that before taking the free tour of an Oklahoma structure that has captured the interest of the public since 1940.

Whether you are coming to the water, to the shore, to the dam tour or, perhaps all three, GRDA encourages you to keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

For more information on water safety, boating regulations or free tours of historic Pensacola Dam, visit grda.com or call (918) 782 4726.

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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Changes Made to Dock Applications and Standards

On August 14,2013, the GRDA Board of Directors approved changes to the Application for Private Docks. The purpose for these changes was to simplify the permitting process and provide a more user-friendly format. For your convenience,a summary of the changes are outlined below and are effective immediately.

 

Changes to the Safety and Construction Standards for New and Existing Residential Docks:

1) Flotation:All flotation materials must float the dock’s frame above the surface of the water.
2) Dilapidated Dock:A dilapidated dock is defined as “any dock that has any structural members, roofing, decking,flotation or walkways that are not securely attached and could pose an immediate safety or navigation hazard,(2) is submerged,(3) is not floating upright,(4) has deck or floors that are broken,missing and/or below water level,(5) is in a state of disrepair,(6) has vegetation,or (7) is otherwise not in full compliance with these minimum standards.”
3) Change in 1/3 of the Cove Measurement: No dock shall extend more than one third (1/3) of the
cove measured from 745 feet elevation Pensacola datum to 745 feet elevation Pensacola Datum. On Lake Hudson, the elevation shall be 622 mean sea level in figuring one third (1/3) of the cove rule. Additionally,no dock shall extend further than necessary to obtain appropriate water depth as determined by GRDA.
4) Property Buffers: All approved docks must maintain a minimum of 5 feet between the edge ofthe dock and the applicant’s property line. For example,a property owner with 80 feet of shoreline can accommodate structures with a maximum width of 70 feet allowing for a 5 foot property buffer between the applicant’s dock and the neighboring property line.
5) lighting: Any newly constructed or significantly modified dock must be lit from sunset to sunrise and during periods of low light conditions. Lights are required to be white or amber and must be installed on the outermost edge at the furthest extension of the dock from the shoreline. Solar or electrical lights are acceptable.
6) Electricity: Any temporary electrical supply (extension cord, etc) shall not be used for primary electrical service to the dock.
7) Dock Builder Identification:At the time a new or used dock is installed,the dock installer’s sign shall be prominently displayed.
8) Mooring: Any vessel moored at a private dock for more than 72 hours must be kept in a slip.

 

Changes to the Application for Private Dock:

1) Email Addresses: Added new email address (lakepermi ts@grda.com) for submitting applications.
This is the preferred method for submission of applications and supporting documents.
2) Support Documents: Reduced the number of required documents to support the application. The warranty deed,plot drawing, plat map, water depths,and detailed description of anchoring and stabilization systems are no longer required for all applications.
3) Electrical Certification Form:Revised and simplified.
If you have any questions regarding these changes,please emaillakepermits@grda.com. Thank you,

GRDA Permitting Team

 

For the updated Dock Permit as well as many others, please visit here.

GRDA’s largest Oklahoma municipal customer … Stillwater, GRDA extend beneficial partnership

Langley – The partnership between the Grand River Dam Authority and its largest Oklahoma municipal customer, Stillwater, will be extended, at least through 2042.

At its Aug. 14 meeting at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center (Langley, Okla.), the GRDA Board of Directors approved a power purchase and sale agreement with the Stillwater Utilities Authority (SUA), which is the public trust that operates and maintains the city’s utilities system. The agreement means GRDA will continue to supply wholesale electric power to the public power community, furthering a partnership that began in October 1987.

“We are pleased that GRDA will continue to be the wholesale electric supplier for Stillwater,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “It’s a wonderful Oklahoma community that has a great utility team in place. We look forward to extending a beneficial partnership that has existed for 26 years.”

Stillwater joins 15 other Oklahoma public power communities that have signed long-term contracts with GRDA in recent years. The majority of which have been GRDA customers for more than 60 years.

“Although contract negotiations have taken some time, our confidence and satisfaction level with GRDA is at an all-time high,” SUA Director Dan Blankenship said.

“GRDA and its municipal partners are really all part of one large public power team in Oklahoma. If it’s beneficial for GRDA, then it’s beneficial for Stillwater and our customers.”

The new agreement will become effective Sept. 1.

With a goal to provide its customers with professional, reliable and friendly service, the SUA is a public trust, operating under a trust indenture dated April 1, 1979.

It was created by a city ordinance with the City of Stillwater as the beneficiary. The mayor and city council serve as trustees and govern the authority.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 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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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:00PM on Wednesday, August 14:

o Grand Lake elevation was 745.35 feet. Daily target elevation for August 14 is 743.07 feet.
o At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 3,080 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
o Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 12,826 cfs of water through generation.
o Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 15,906 cfs.
o Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 10,571 cfs.

o Lake Hudson elevation was 622.53 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
o No floodgates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam.
o Three (3) units were online at Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse releasing 17,280 cfs of water through generation.
o Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 20,182 cfs.

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