Vinita – Calling it an opportunity to continue to serve Oklahoma public power on a national level, Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan has accepted appointments to two American Public Power Association (APPA) committees.
During the next year, Sullivan – a member of the APPA Board of Directors since October 2013 – will serve both on the board’s “Strategic Plan Implementation” and “Finance & Audit Review” committees. He was appointed to both committees on Friday, August 12.
“I look forward to the work ahead of each committee,” said Sullivan, who previously served on the APPA CEO Climate Change and Generation Policy Task Force. “This continues to be an important opportunity to help shape national public power policies in a way that will benefit Oklahoma customers.”
Based in the Washington, D.C., metro area, APPA is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned (public power) electric utilities, including 16 Oklahoma communities that purchase wholesale electricity from GRDA. Across the nation, 1 in 7 of the nation’s electric customers receives power from a public power utility. In Oklahoma, 1 of every 10 communities owns and operates its own electric utility.
“With so many issues facing the electricity industry now, such as electric grid security and reliability, environmental regulations and funding issues, strategic planning will be central to public power’s efforts to maintain the competitive rates and reliability standards it has set,” said Sullivan. “I want to help preserve for those Oklahoma customers.”
Sullivan added that his role on the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee will be geared towards federal regulations and the impact of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) actions on public power.
On the Finance & Audit Review Committee, Sullivan will work alongside other APPA board members to provide financial oversight to the organization, by monitoring the integrity of APPA’s financial reporting and internal controls. The committee will also monitor the independence and performance of APPA’s external auditors.
“Like GRDA, all of our Oklahoma customer communities are also APPA members,” said Sullivan, “so we all have a stake in a healthy financial position for the organization. I am excited to be a part of this process.”
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 and serves as an important economic development engine for Oklahoma. 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. The efforts of Team GRDA facilitate over $450 million in economic activity in Oklahoma annually.
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