Due to temporary lighting problem, GRDA asking drivers to exercise caution on dam

Langley – Due to a temporary problem with the lighting across Pensacola Dam, the Grand River Dam Authority is asking drivers to exercise extra caution while crossing the dam at nighttime.

On Thursday (July 10), GRDA crews discovered a fault in the high voltage cable used to power the dam’s light poles. Lightning, associated with the storms that blew through the area on Thursday, likely contributed to the fault and, as a result, a portion of the electric cable will need to be replaced. However, until that work is completed, the lights across the dam will be out of service.

Temporary digital signage was scheduled to be installed at both ends of the dam on Friday (July 11), to remind drivers to take precautions. GRDA is currently working to secure new cabling and schedule the necessary repairs.

 

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GRDA’s Sullivan elected to full term on national public power board

GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. On June 17, Sullivan was elected to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors.

GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. On June 17, Sullivan was elected to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors.

Denver – With his recent election to a full term on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors, Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan said he is looking forward to the opportunity to continue representing Oklahoma public power on the national level.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue serving GRDA, our customers, our state and public power,” said Sullivan. “The electric utility industry is facing many important issues right now and I look forward to working with other directors from across the country to help secure public power’s continued place in the industry.”

Sullivan initially joined the board in October 2013, to fill a position vacated when former Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority General Manger Cindy Holman retired. On Tuesday (June 17), during APPA’s National Convention in Denver, Colorado, he was elected to the full, three-year term.

“GRDA has been an active member of the APPA for many years and understands the many benefits it can offer not only public power utilities, but also the consumers who depend on those utilities for low-cost, reliable power,” said Sullivan.

Already involved in national public power issues, he 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. He is also a member of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) Board of Directors. The LPPC is comprised of 26 of the nation’s largest publicly owned electric utilities.

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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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 105 feet across a cove, which measures 156 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: John Smith & Sharon Bohannan

Location: Courthouse Hollow

Lake Address: 60201 E 320 Rd. Grove Ok 74006

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 23E, Section 23

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.

Tuesday, June 17 update: Geese identified as bacteria source, beach remains closed

Langley – Results from the water samples taken at the Grand Lake State Park (Bernice) swimming area of Grand Lake last week are pointing towards geese as the culprit for the elevated levels of E.Coli and Enterococci. Those elevated bacteria levels led the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department to close the swim beach on Tuesday, June 3.

On Monday (June 16), GRDA and ODEQ announced that an independent testing laboratory in Tennessee had confirmed that the high levels of bacteria contained DNA from geese and perhaps another avian source. The results also gave the agencies confidence that the bacteria was not from human or cattle sources.

Because that particular stretch of shoreline is a favorite nesting area for a large population of geese, recent heavy rains in the area likely led to geese waste being washed into the water, leading to the elevated bacteria levels.

“When this swim area was initially closed in early June, the primary goal was to determine the source,” said GRDA Communications Director Justin Alberty. “These results show this to be a naturally occurring event and not anything man-made.”

Officials continue to monitor the situation and GRDA continues to gather daily samples from the swim beach area. Following a reassessment on Tuesday, June 17, officials made the decision to keep the swim area closed until the bacteria levels return to a safe range.

Throughout the two-week beach closure, GRDA has continued to stress that the incident is isolated to the swim beach area at Grand Lake State Park, and all other areas of Grand Lake remain open.

“Grand Lake is large, with plenty of other locations for swimming and access. This closure impacts a very small stretch of 1,300 miles of shoreline.” said Alberty. “Of course, we encourage the public to practice common sense and follow safe practices when swimming but we also remind everyone that the closure is for this one beach area only.”

 

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Floodwater release bulletin

At 3:00PM on Thursday, June 12:

o Grand Lake elevation was 745.15. Daily target elevation for June 12 is 744 feet.
o At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) floodgate was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 243 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
o Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,326 cfs of water through generation.
o Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 13,569 cfs.
o Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 14,211 cfs.

o Lake Hudson elevation was 619.61 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
o One (1) floodgate was open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 434 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
o Three (3) units were online at Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse releasing 17,550 cfs of water through generation.
o Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 17,984 cfs.
o Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 13,885 cfs.

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Floodwater release bulletin

At 3:00PM on Wednesday, June 11:

o Grand Lake elevation was 745.21. Daily target elevation for June 11 is 744 feet.
o At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 2,968 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
o Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,496 cfs of water through generation.
o Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 16,464 cfs.
o Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 12,616 cfs.

o Lake Hudson elevation was 620.12 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
o One (1) floodgate was open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 440 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
o Three (3) units were online at Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse releasing 24,570 cfs of water through generation.
o Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 25,010 cfs.
o Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 16,810 cfs.

With the heavy inflows into the Grand River system during the last week, five floodgates were open earlier this week at the east spillway of Pensacola Dam. Wednesday afternoon at the direction of the Corps of Engineers, two floodgates remain open (photo by Katie Robbins).

With the heavy inflows into the Grand River system during the last week, five floodgates were open earlier this week at the east spillway of Pensacola Dam. Wednesday afternoon at the direction of the Corps of Engineers, two floodgates remain open (photo by Katie Robbins).

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Tuesday, June 10 update: Swim beach to remain closed

VINITA, Okla. – Due to continued elevated levels of E.Coli and Enterococci in water samples taken from Grand Lake State Park (Bernice), the swim area of the park will remain closed. GRDA, along with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will plan to reassess the situation on Tuesday, June 17. The swim area was initially closed June 3 due to elevated levels of the bacteria which exceed the OWRB standard for bodily contact.

“Because of the continued elevated levels of the bacteria in the area we will continue to be cautious and public safety remains a priority,” said GRDA Communications Director Justin Alberty. “At the same time, we are still actively investigating to determine the source for these elevated levels and will continue monitoring the area daily.”

GRDA continues to draw daily water samples from the area. Samples taken over the weekend continued to show levels exceeding OWRB standards, and additional samples, used to help determine the source of the bacteria have also been drawn and sent to an independent laboratory.

Alberty also stressed that the high bacteria presence appears to be isolated to this one location, with many other areas of Grand Lake still available for swimming and water recreation. There are several activities on and around the lake this weekend such as Ugly’s Poker Run, along with a variety of fishing tournaments including the 2014 Fishin’ Pals Grand Challenge held on Saturday at Martin’s Landing. This is a youth/adult team challenge, and more information can be found at www.fishinpals.com. Cherokee Heritage Day is also this Saturday at Har-Ber Village in Grove (www.har-bervillage.com).

Additionally, GRDA has tours of the historic Pensacola Dam available each day through the summer. The tour originates at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley, and allows guests the opportunity for an up close look at Oklahoma’s first hydroelectric facility. The free tours are given daily (9AM – 4PM), between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. If you are planning to take the tour, keep in mind that every individual 18 years of age and older must present a valid driver’s license, state issued ID card or International Visa to tour the dam.

About GRDA
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. For more information, visit www.grda.com.

 

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Friday, June 6 update: Swim beach to remain closed through weekend

VINITA, Okla. – The Grand River Dam Authority continues to draw daily water samples from an area of Grand Lake near the Grand Lake State Park (Bernice) to monitor the level of E.Coli and Enterococci in the water. Though the most recent water samples have indicated a decline in the bacteria levels, the swim beach at the park remains closed and the situation will be reassessed on Tuesday (June 10) when results from water samples collected over the weekend will be available.

GRDA is also joining the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe to make the public aware of elevated levels of E.coli, in an area of the lake about a half mile east of the Cowskin Bay Bridge on the Elk River arm of Grand Lake. Those levels were found during the Seneca-Cayuga Environmental Department’s testing in the area. Because the site is near the tribe’s ceremonial grounds, where the Strawberry Ceremonies will be held this weekend, GRDA and the tribe are asking the public to take precautions and use common sense when swimming in the area.

On Tuesday, (June 3) the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department closed the Grand Lake State Park swim beach after water samples from the area, taken by GRDA, showed levels of the bacteria that exceeded the Oklahoma Water Resources Board standards for bodily contact.

According to GRDA Spokesman Justin Alberty, the closure was done in the interest of public safety. At the same time though, GRDA is reminding the public that the high-level bacteria presence has only been found in very limited, small areas of the lake.

“What is important for the public to know is that water testing results confirm that these are isolated areas of concern. Grand Lake is large, with plenty of other locations for swimming and access. As always, we encourage the public to practice common sense and follow safe practices when swimming.”

Those safe practices include several swimming tips from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ):

  • Hold nose or wear nose plugs when jumping into the water.
  • Wash open skin cuts and scrapes with clean soap and water immediately after swimming.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming.
  • Wear ear plugs to prevent ear infections.
  • Wear swim goggles or masks to prevent eye infections.
  • Avoid swimming near storm drains (pipes that drain polluted water from streets).
  • Take children to the restroom frequently/Use swim diapers on infants.
  • Also, after swimming, always remember to wash hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds before preparing or eating food.

GRDA continues to work with other state agencies to ensure a thorough investigation of the recent E.coli presence. Those agencies include the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

About GRDA

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. For more information, visit www.grda.com.

 

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Floodwater release bulletin

At 10:30AM on Friday, June 6:

o Grand Lake elevation was 744.12. Daily target elevation for June 6 is 744 feet.

o At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, five (5) floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 5,240 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

o Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,550 cfs of water through generation.

o Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 18,790 cfs.

o Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 27,838 cfs.

 

o Lake Hudson elevation was 619.71 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.

o One (1) floodgate was open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 435 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

o Three (3) units were online at Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse releasing 24,570 cfs of water through generation.

o Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 25,005 cfs.

o Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 19,108 cfs.

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The United States Army Corps of Engineers has given a crest prediction for Grand Lake of 746 feet

around midnight on Sunday, June 8.

Wednesday, June 4 update: Grand Lake Park swim beach remains closed, investigation into E.coli presence continues

VINITA, Okla. – The Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that its latest round of water samples — taken from the Grand Lake State Park (Bernice) swimming area on Tuesday (June 3) — continued to show elevated levels of E.coli and Enterococci bacteria. Those elevated levels are what prompted the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department to close the park’s swim beach for an initial 48 hour period on Tuesday. These latest sample results have extended the closing until at least Friday, when more testing results will be available.

“Because of the continued elevated levels of E.Coli and Enterococci in the area we will continue to be cautious and keep public safety as the priority,” said GRDA Communications Director Justin Alberty. “At the same time, we are still actively investigating to determine the source for these elevated levels.”

Alberty also stressed that the high bacteria presence appears to be isolated to this one location, with many other areas of Grand Lake still available for swimming and water recreation.

“Like you would any time you visit the water, we just ask you to use common sense and follow safe swimming practices,” he said.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) offers the following tips swimmers should keep in mind:

• Hold nose or wear nose plugs when jumping into the water.
• Wash open skin cuts and scrapes with clean soap and water immediately after swimming.
• Avoid swallowing water when swimming.
• Wear ear plugs to prevent ear infections.
• Wear swim goggles or masks to prevent eye infections.
• Avoid swimming near storm drains (pipes that drain polluted water from streets).
• Take children to the restroom frequently/Use swim diapers on infants.
• Also, after swimming, always remember to wash hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds before preparing or eating food.

GRDA continues to work with other state agencies to ensure a thorough investigation of the recent E.coli presence. Those agencies include the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, E. coli is normally found in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but others can cause illness. Some kinds cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia, and other illnesses. Persons may develop illness if they swallow or aspirate contaminated lake water, or touch something that is contaminated with the bacteria and place it in their mouth.

The time between exposure and feeling sick is variable depending on the type of E. coli ingested ranging from several hours to as long as 10 days. Symptoms of gastrointestinal illness associated with E. coli diarrhea generally include mild belly pain, nausea, bloating, vomiting, or non-bloody diarrhea.
If you recently swam, waded or splashed in the water at Grand Lake State Park and experience diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine, please see your health care provider for medical evaluation and treatment.

About GRDA
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. For more information, visit www.grda.com.

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State temporarily closes Grand Lake State Park area of Grand Lake Water samples from area indicate presence of E.coli and Enterococci bacteria

VINITA, Okla. – The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has closed the swimming area of Grand Lake State Park (Bernice) after the Grand River Dam Authority discovered the presence of E.coli and Enterococci in water samples taken from the area. Those samples showed the levels of bacteria exceeded the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) standards for bodily contact with water. The area will remain closed to the public for at least 48 hours until additional water samples are evaluated.

“Public safety is our top priority.” said Justin Alberty, GRDA spokesperson. “At this time, it appears this is an isolated area of Grand Lake that is being impacted. We have not determined the cause yet but are actively investigating at this time. We constantly monitor the water quality of bodies of water overseen by GRDA and will continue to keep the public informed as we learn more. Until that time, we recommend that lake users avoid this area of the park.”

GRDA regularly monitors water quality on its lakes using various methods. One method utilizes electronic water quality profilers. These profilers include electronic probes on pulley systems in front of the dams at each GRDA-managed lake. The probes are dropped every three feet to calibrate and take readings of the water. They monitor the water quality from the surface all the way to the bottom of the lake. The GRDA Ecosystems Management Department also takes water samples from several permanent locations across both Grand and Hudson lakes on a regular basis.

GRDA is currently analyzing samples from the area in the water laboratory at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley. Other samples are being sent to an independent state-certified lab for additional testing and confirmation of GRDA findings.

GRDA is working collaboratively with other state agencies to ensure a thorough investigation of the recent E.coli and Enterococci presence. Those agencies include the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

About GRDA
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. For more information, visit www.grda.com.

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Is your dock’s electric system working properly? Important dock safety reminder from GRDA

With summer’s arrival people will be spending more time not only in the water, but also on the many docks that line the shores of Grand and Hudson lakes. GRDA is reminding all dock owners of the importance of maintaining compliance with dock electrical systems to ensure they are in proper working order.

With summer’s arrival people will be spending more time not only in the water, but also on the many docks that line the shores of Grand and Hudson lakes. GRDA is reminding all dock owners of the importance of maintaining compliance with dock electrical systems to ensure they are in proper working order.

Langley – With summer’s arrival, many people are not only spending more time in the water but also more time on their docks. With that in mind, the Grand River Dam Authority wants to remind all dock owners of the importance of maintaining compliance with dock electrical systems to ensure they are in proper working order.

The unfortunate truth is that a faulty dock electric system can be very dangerous, and may even prove fatal, for those in the water near the docks or those in contact with the dock. System defects can cause electric current to be discharged into the water or the metal components of the dock. That is why GRDA-issued dock permits require you to have your dock inspected by a licensed professional electrician.

Those inspections cover many areas of the dock, including proper grounding, conduit, breakers, wiring, dock receptacles, dock metal works and electrical service boxes.

“Now, with summer really getting underway and the boating season ramping up, it is a good time to make sure your dock’s electrical system is in good shape,” said GRDA Assistant General Manager of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend. “Most of us would make certain our boat is in proper working order and good shape before putting it in the water. We should take the same kind of precautions with our docks.”

GRDA’s application for dock permits requires any dock wired for electricity to have a completed electrical certification form signed by an Oklahoma Licensed Electrical contractor before a final permit will be approved. Dock standards also require docks to have an electrical disconnect clearly identified and located above the high water mark. Also, any residential dock that has electrical service must adhere to the regulations set forth in the National Electric Code. Finally, any docks constructed or modified, relocated or transferred, are required to provide GRDA with a certificate signed by an Oklahoma licensed electric contractor, showing compliance with all laws, regulations and codes regarding electrical systems and wiring.

“These standards are in place for new and modified docks and transfers,” said Townsend. “However, we encourage dock owners to have their electrical systems inspected on a regular basis due to simple wear and weathering. It may be true that many older docks are not in compliance with the rule.”

For more information on dock permits or other GRDA lake permitting issues, contact Janet DelliSanti in GRDA’s lake permitting offices at (918) 256 0852 or stop by the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.

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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Grove’s Churchwell appointed to GRDA Board

Thomas "Pete" Churchwell

Thomas “Pete” Churchwell

Vinita — The Grand River Dam Authority will soon welcome Thomas “Pete” Churchwell (Grove) to its board of directors.

On Friday, May 23, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Churchwell to fill the lake enthusiast representative position on the board, replacing outgoing board member Betty Kerns (Stillwater). He is filling an unexpired term ending August 29, 2015.

Churchwell retired as president of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) in July 2004, after a career in the electric utility and energy industry that spanned nearly 40 years. As he brings that experience to his new leadership role at GRDA, it will benefit not only the organization itself but all of its stakeholders across Oklahoma, said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan.

“Mr. Churchwell brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board,” said Sullivan. “His career in the electric utility industry, as well as his knowledge of Grand Lake and ongoing lake issues make him a great choice that will make immediate, positive contributions.”

Churchwell currently serves on the board of the directors of both the Grand Lake Watershed Alliance and Har-Ber Village Museum, located on the shores of Grand Lake. He previously served as a member of the International Society of the Energy Advocates; board member and chairman of the Council of Education and Workforce Development for the State Chamber of Oklahoma; and as a previous board member of Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tulsa and completed Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.

“Thomas Churchwell has spent his entire career in energy management in both the public and private sector,” said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in a press release announcing the appointment. “He brings a unique leadership skill-set to the GRDA and will serve this agency well.”

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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Boat safe, smart and sober … GRDA Police encouraging safe boating for Memorial Day weekend

Langley – Boat safe, boat smart and boat sober.

PWCs head across the water of Grand Lake on a summer day in 2013. GRDA is encouraging safe, smart and sober boating as you plan your 2014 lake outings.

PWCs head across the water of Grand Lake on a summer day in 2013. GRDA is encouraging safe, smart and sober boating as you plan your 2014 lake outings.

That is a primary message shared by the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department as thousands of lake visitors head to the waters of Grand and Hudson lakes for the beginning of the busy summer boating season. Of course, Memorial Day Weekend is a great start to that season and GRDA officers want all those who will be boating, swimming, skiing, tubing, fishing or just cruising to have a safe and memorable experience at the lake.

Those safe outings really start with preparation. If you plan on being on the boat this season, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind to help boat safe, smart and sober:

• Check the water conditions before you head out. Know where the hazards, like sandbars or stump beds, are located in the water.

• Before you ever leave the dock, check the weather conditions. Do not get caught on the lake in a storm you could have avoided.

• Like an airplane pilot that files a flight plan, you need to file a float plan. Tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return.

• Do not drink and boat! It is a bad idea. Most lake accidents are alcohol related. Do not become a statistic.

• Finally, if you need assistance on the waters of Grand or Hudson lakes, the GRDA Police recommends you call 911. However, if you are on the boat with no cell phone access, you can use Marine Band 16 to radio for help.

Even as you do these things to prepare for your lake outing, there is also some required safety equipment and other things you need to take along:

• Personal flotation devices (PFDs, life jackets) for all passengers on the boat

• Oars

• An anchor

• Bailing devices

• Fire extinguishers

• Working lights

• Horn or whistle

• Registration

Items needed on a personal watercraft (PWC) include:

• Registration

• Kill switch

• Fire extinguisher

• Horn or whistle

• Life jacket

The importance of life jacket usage cannot be stressed enough. Statistics from the United States Coast Guard show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost 75 percent of all boating fatalities in 2012 (most recent statistics). And of those that drowned, 85 percent were not wearing life jackets.

The GRDA Police Department wants to see those percentages drop and will continue to promote life jacket usage this year with its “I Got Caught” campaign. If a GRDA officer “catches” you wearing your life jacket while boating on Grand or Hudson lakes, they just might reward you with a special “I Got Caught” t-shirt. Wearing a life jacket while boating helps to set a good example for children and certainly increases your chance of survival in an accident.

Finally, be sure to pick up your copy of the 2014-15 GRDA Lake Guide when you visit the lakes area this summer. The guide is full of information on boating and water safety, and also contains lake rules and regulations, as well as other information GRDA and its lake operations in Oklahoma. The guide is available at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley, as well as other businesses in the area. It can also be viewed online at grda.com; just click on the “News” tab then “GRDA Publications>2014-2015 Lake Guide.”

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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Recognizing National Safe Boating Week

It won’t work if you don’t “wear it!”

Langley — Stylish, comfortable and easy to wear … is that a description of the latest summer fashion? Well, sort of.

 

Premiering soon … The 2014 edition of GRDA’s “I Got Caught” life jacket campaign t-shirt. If you “get caught” wearing your life jacket on Grand or Hudson lakes this summer, a GRDA officer might just reward you with t-shirt, bearing this design.

Premiering soon … The 2014 edition of GRDA’s “I Got Caught” life jacket campaign t-shirt. If you “get caught” wearing your life jacket on Grand or Hudson lakes this summer, a GRDA officer might just reward you with t-shirt, bearing this design.

Actually, that is how the National Safe Boating Council describes today’s various models and styles of life jackets. Today, as the Council is preparing to recognize National Safe Boating Week 2014 (May 17-23) and continues to encourage life jacket use, the Grand River Dam Authority is also joining in the effort.

While promoting life jacket use is really a year-round priority for GRDA, National Safe Boating Week and the long Memorial Day Weekend are great times to spread the safety message, as thousands will soon begin their summer boating activities.

Statistics from the United States Coast Guard show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost 75 percent of all boating fatalities in 2012 (most recent statistics). And of those that drowned, 85 percent were not wearing life jackets.

That is why boating safety advocates like GRDA and the National Safe Boating Council continue to stress increased and consistent life jacket use on the water.

In most cases, today’s life jackets really are easy to wear. Bulky jackets have been replaced with innovative new options like inflatable jackets that allow for mobility and flexibility while staying much cooler in the warm Oklahoma sunshine. No matter what activity you are involved in — fishing, riding a personal watercraft or doing other waters sports, or even hunting in cold weather — there is a life jacket designed just for that.

The GRDA Police Department will be looking for proper life jacket use on the waters of Grand and Hudson lakes again this summer, as the popular “I Got Caught” campaign continues. If an officer sees you wearing your life jacket while boating, you may just get rewarded with a special t-shirt.

Finally, here are a few tips from the GRDA Police Department that you will want to keep in mind as you select the proper life jacket, just for you:

  • Buy your own personal life jacket. One size DOES NOT fit all.
  • Look at the label. It will provide the weight, size and proper use information.
  • Try it on to check the fit. Once the straps and buckles are secured, it should not slip over your head or come down above your ears.
  • Never use water toys in place of an approved life jacket.
  • Check your life jacket yearly for flotation and fit.
  • Finally, wear your life jacket to increase your chance of survival in an accident and to set a good example for others.

For more information on the GRDA Police Department or information on how an officer can assist you, contact the department at (918) 256 0911, or visit online at 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. 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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Partnerships made it possible … GRDA recognizes efforts of 2014 spring shoreline cleanup

Langley – The power of partnerships is once again leading to a more scenic, safer Grand Lake shoreline.

GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan addresses the crowd at the third annual GRDA Lake Launch, held Friday, May 2. During the event, GRDA recognized the contributions of many lake area businesses that helped with the successful shoreline “spring cleanup” in early April. Their efforts led to the removal of nearly 37 tons of old dock from the shoreline of Grand Lake.

GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan addresses the crowd at the third annual GRDA Lake Launch, held Friday, May 2. During the event, GRDA recognized the contributions of many lake area businesses that helped with the successful shoreline “spring cleanup” in early April. Their efforts led to the removal of nearly 37 tons of old dock from the shoreline of Grand Lake.

In early April, the Grand River Dam Authority partnered with several lake area businesses for a multi-day, lake wide cleanup effort, similar to one held in January 2013, prior to the Bassmaster Classic’s visit to Grand. Though this year’s cleanup did not precede that type of event, it did help spruce up the shoreline ahead of the busy 2014 boating season.

During his “state of the lake” address at the third annual GRDA Lake Launch event at the Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley (Friday, May 2), GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan recapped the effort and all those who helped make it happen.

“We had a very successful year,” Sullivan told the crowd. “All together, 36 semi loads were removed from the lake. That is 36.65 tons.”

Sullivan pointed out that, compared to the 2013 effort, those totals were much lower. However, less foam represented progress, he said.

“Last year, we had 103 semi loads, which represented about 135 tons,” he added. “We want to believe we did such a great job last year that there was just less out there this time. Our hope is that each year will represent less effort to keep the lake looking nice.”

Sullivan also presented certificates of appreciation to the businesses that helped with this year’s spring cleanup. Those included:

• Arrowhead Yacht Club
• Cedar Port Marina
• City of Grove
• Clearwater Bay Marina
• Discount Dock Services
• Goldner Co., LLC
• Hammerhead West Marina
• Harbors View Marina
• Helm’s Everything
• Jerry’s Dock Construction
• Marine Max
• Peter Boylan
• Port Carlos Marina
• Red 11 Marina
• Ryan-O Dock Rollers
• Shangri-La Marina
• TowBoatU.S. Grand Lake
• Ugly John’s Marina
• Walker Hardware

GRDA is also encouraging the public to take part in the annual “Lend a Hand to Lady Grand” one-day shoreline cleanup, scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 9AM – 2PM. During this time, GRDA and the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron will provide dumpsters (free of charge) for the public to dispose of shoreline debris (please no household or commercial trash). 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 (below the Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley).

For more information, visit grda.com and follow the News tab to the GRDA Publications>2014 Lake Events Handout links.

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 gets “positive” credit update from S&P

Vinita – The Grand River Dam Authority is embracing a “positive” decision by one of the major credit rating agencies this week.

On Wednesday, April 30, Standard and Poor’s Rating Services, after a review of GRDA’s credit status, announced it was reaffirming the utility’s “A” rating and revised the outlook to “positive” from the previous “stable” status.

“We based the outlook revision on our view that the Authority’s trend of an improving business profile and credit metrics will continue,” said S&P Credit Analyst Judith Waite, in an S&P press release.

According to the rating agency, support for the positive GRDA rating was due to several key factors. Among those, S&P noted a willingness of GRDA board members — three of whom directly represent the interests of electric customers — to raise rates as needed to strengthen GRDA’s financial risk profile, as well as a “steady-but-gradual growth” in the GRDA service territory, which allows time to plan for needed generating capacity.

“We were very pleased to receive this positive outlook from S&P,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “It helps to affirm the important, positive steps we have taken in recent years and I think it speaks very well of GRDA’s overall financial reputation and stability. Of course, it can also mean lower interest rates when we do issue bonds. That will benefit all our ratepayers.”
In its release, S&P also noted that GRDA’s addition of more gas generation to its electric generation portfolio, as well as the efficient operating record of the GRDA Coal Fired Complex, would help mitigate the risk of GRDA’s dependence on those coal fired units to meet customer demands.

“As we have announced in recent months, we are moving forward with the construction of a new, combined cycle gas plant, which is part of our overall plan for future generation, which also includes additional wind generation,” said Sullivan. “This is an important time in GRDA’s history. With these new assets we are planning to continue what GRDA has always done, provide low-cost, reliable electricity. Good credit status is an important part of that effort.”

Last March, GRDA received a similar rating update when Moody’s Investor Service affirmed GRDA’s “A2” rating and also moved its outlook to “positive” from a previous “stable.”

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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GRDA gets FERC approval for Lake Hudson Shoreline Management Plan

Vinita – A shoreline management plan (SMP) for Lake Hudson, which was developed by the Grand River Dam Authority in 2009 has received final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

A scenic shot of Lake Hudson. On Wednesday, April 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order to approve and modify a shoreline management plan (SMP) for the lake developed by the Grand River Dam Authority in 2009.

A scenic shot of Lake Hudson. On Wednesday, April 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order to approve and modify a shoreline management plan (SMP) for the lake developed by the Grand River Dam Authority in 2009.

FERC is the federal agency that licenses and inspects private, municipal and state hydroelectric projects. GRDA holds FERC licenses to operate the Markham Ferry Project (including Robert S. Kerr Dam and Lake Hudson) as well as Pensacola Dam (Grand Lake) and the Salina Pumped Storage Project (W.R. Holway Reservoir). At the commission’s request, GRDA developed the SMP in 2009, with public input, to serve as a roadmap for future development around the Lake Hudson shoreline. That plan was submitted to FERC shortly after submittal of the more comprehensive Grand Lake SMP. FERC approved the Grand SMP in October 2013 and issued its final order approving and modifying the Hudson SMP on Wednesday, April 30.

According to the FERC order, “the proposed SMP provides for consistent land management policies and permitting decisions on project lands in the short term and over the life of the project license.”

GRDA’s proposed SMP for Hudson had several key elements, including an inventory of existing resources and land uses within the project boundary; a summary of the proposed recreation management plan for the project (including estimates for future use); SMP classifications and allowable use categories, and other items intended to aid in proper management of the shoreline in the future.

“We are pleased to get this new Order from FERC,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “Like the Grand Lake SMP, the Hudson one was developed with much public input from lake stakeholders and GRDA is appreciative of that input. This plan will require some additional work on our part to meet the changes FERC has included but our ecosystems management and lake operations personnel are prepared to do that work.”

Along with the individuals that served on stakeholder working groups during plan development, GRDA also received input for the Hudson SMP from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Office, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and others.

Created in 1964, with the completion of Kerr Dam, Lake Hudson has 12,000 surface acres of water, surrounded by 200 miles of shoreline. The public can view the Hudson SMP, as well as the recent FERC order, online at 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 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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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 136 feet across a cove, which measures 206 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

          

Applicant:                 Joe Graham

Location:                  Duck Creek

Lake Address:         34284 Ketchum Ok 74349

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 22E, Section 31

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.

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) will hold a public meeting on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at:

 

Grand River Dam Authority

Board Room

226 W. Dwain Willis Ave.

Vinita, OK 74301

The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public comments regarding the Wolf Creek Park (aka 16th Street Boat Ramp) in Grove, Oklahoma. Phase III project plans include excavation and grading the parking lot, modification of boat ramps, installation of a new mooring dock and breakwater, the replacement of the courtesy dock, and proposal for compensatory storage.

The property associated with this proposal is located in Wolf Creek on Grand Lake, in Delaware 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 Darrell E. Townsend II, Ph.D., Assistant General Manager of Ecosystems and Lake Management, P. O. Box 70, Langley, OK 74350, (918) 256-0616.

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 110 feet across a cove, which measures 188 feet across from 750 feet mean sea level to 750 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Glen & Kim Hardin
Location: Ketchum Cove
Lake Address: 35064 Maple Dr., Afton, Ok 74331
Legal Description: Township 23N, Range 21E, Section 1
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.

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.

Media Contact:
TradeWind Energy
George Merritt, Parris Communications
(816)931-8900
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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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