2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

For the Grand River Dam Authority, 2016 was a year in which new responsibilities were added, unforeseen challenges were met, and excellent management led to the highest financial ratings in the organization’s history.

As the year began, GRDA was still remediating issues created by Mother Nature in late 2015. Heavy rains in the Grand River watershed in December resulted in dozens of floodgate operations at both Pensacola and Robert S. Kerr Dams as the lakes reached near-historic levels. Under the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, GRDA spent the waning days of 2015 and the first days of 2016 managing some of the largest floodwater releases since the construction of Pensacola Dam in 1940

2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Early in the year, the Board of Directors elected to revise GRDA’s mission to include an emphasis on Efficiency and Employees to the long-standing goals of Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship, and Electricity.

The Authority’s 2015 year included several landmarks on its road to remaining among Oklahoma’s leading public utilities. Among those landmarks were the substantial completion of Air Quality Control System Upgrades to GRDA Unit 2 and the installation of multiple key components of GRDA Unit 3, including the long river voyage of the M501J gas turbine, which was received on Oklahoma soil in early 2016. GRDA also included the commercial operation of two wind farms from which it has purchased power agreements.

2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Grand & Greener

Over the last year, GRDA has taken major steps that will allow the organization to fulfill the charge to maintain its “grand” status as a powerful Oklahoma resource and to create a “greener” future for generations to come.

With a core mission centered on the production of low-cost, reliable electricity and the stewardship of valuable Oklahoma natural resources, all of the Grand River Dam Authority’s daily efforts are accomplished within the framework of environmentally-focused regulations and efficient operating goals. GRDA is charged not only with putting Oklahoma resources to work to create the power that benefits Oklahomans, but is also responsible for protecting those same resources so that Oklahomans can also benefit from them in other ways.

2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Grand & Diversified

Nothing happens without cooperation; goals are not achieved, plans are not finalized, foundations are not laid, and success is not found.

However, where partnerships exist, teamwork is displayed and vision is shared, all good things can be realized.

The year 2013 reaffirmed this principle for the Grand River Dam Authority, time and time again. On many different fronts such as electric generation, economic development and workforce management, teamwork and cooperation were the components GRDA depended on as it addressed its goals.

2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Grand Focus

The Grand River Dam Authority will look back on 2012 as a busy year marked by large projects, new initiatives and continued efforts to meet the broad GRDA mission on several fronts.

The theme of this year’s report is Grand Focus. In order to remain the low cost, reliable provider for our customers, GRDA spent a great deal of time throughout the year requesting input from customers as we embark on a plan for our future generation needs. As GRDA worked through the options available to meet customers’ needs for the future, the Grand Focus remained on the fact that GRDA’s customers’ successes equates to a successful GRDA.

2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Grand Expectations

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – John Lubbock

The Grand River Dam Authority exists today because our organization’s founders acted upon their “grand expectations” for Oklahoma. Those expectations included low-cost, reliable electricity, economic development and environmental stewardship. They expected to build dams, grand lakes and electric generation and delivery facilities where none had ever been built before. Along the way, they expected to boost Oklahoma business and industry and transform a rugged, rural landscape into a region where thousands would want to live, work and play.

In other words, they expected the GRDA that exists today. Like an eagle rising into the air, those grand expectations took flight when construction began on Pensacola Dam. Expectations continued to soar as GRDA developed its electricity system, established partnerships with Oklahoma customers, and helped create the region’s premier recreation destination around the shores of GRDA lakes.

Grand Expectations is not just our current theme, it is our message. The expectations embody our willingness to follow through with a new commitment to communication
and compliance. It incorporates Oklahoma’s self-reliant spirit and visionary leaders from days gone by; it characterizes their struggles, triumphs, and ongoing successes. It includes GRDA’s history, mission, partnerships and the role in Oklahoma’s powerful story.

Grand expectations became grand realizations. Today, as we look back on 2011, GRDA can see what it was looking for when the year began: successful operations during our 77th year. Of course, there were challenges along the way, including blizzards, droughts, heat waves and a leadership transition. However, GRDA has been able to soar above the challenges and maintain its role as a powerful Oklahoma asset.  The pages of this comprehensive annual financial report outline our flight through 2011.

It is a flight we hope to continue in the future.In fact, we have come to expect it.

2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Looking to the Future, Celebrating the Past

“When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.” – Leonardo da Vinci

The potential for the Grand River Dam Authority existed long before the GRDA idea was born. Winding its way for centuries through what would one day become Northeast Oklahoma, the Grand River was both the inspiration and the foundation for GRDA.

When GRDA was created in 1935, its mission was to harness the waters of the river. In doing so, new benefits were realized for the very waters that had already helped to sustain mankind for thousands of years.  The site between the sudden boom towns of Disney and Langley, looking for work during some of the darkest days of the Great Depression. Together, they built Oklahoma’s first hydroelectric facility and one of the world’s longest multiplearch dams, giving a concrete and steel reality to the GRDA idea. By the end of 1940, Pensacola Dam was in full operation and providing electricity to Northeastern Oklahoma.

2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Mission: Possible

Is it possible to provide low-cost, reliable power, be responsive to customer needs and help improve quality of life across your service area?

The Grand River Dam Authority thinks so. And everyday, the GRDA workforce, with support from customers and the people of Oklahoma, works to complete this mission.

During 2009, GRDA proved this multifaceted mission was possible as it provided electricity, supported economic development and maintained proper stewardship of the natural resources under its control. At the same time, GRDA also planned ways to complete the mission in the years ahead.

Of course, while electricity generation, economic development and ecosystems management are the pillars of our mission, beneficial partnerships with customers and neighbors comprise the foundation for the whole organization. Through the pages of this 2009 GRDA Annual Report, we will take a closer look at all these areas and how it was “Mission: Possible” for the Authority in 2009.

2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Oklahoma’s Grade “A” Utility…

What kind of effort does it take to make the grade?

Ask the Grand River Dam Authority; its employees will tell you it takes a team effort. After all, “A” credit ratings do not just happen.

The effort is found in the board room, in the conference room and in the control room. It is found in the offices, at work behind the computer and behind the wheel. It is in the powerhouse, along the transmission rights-of-way and in the workshop. It is effort that succeeds because it is put forth by team members who have done their homework, know their roles and complete their assignments.

Within the pages of this 2008 GRDA Annual Report, we are excited to introduce you to some of our teammates as we detail the Grade “A” effort that led to a Grade “A” rating for GRDA.

2007 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Weathering the storms… together.

The kind of year the locals will be talking about for a long, long time.

That may be one of the best ways to describe 2007 in Oklahoma. After all, a pair of historic ice storms served as bookends for the year, bringing with them plenty of devastation in the form of downed power lines, destroyed trees and cold, dark days and nights.

However, even the clouds of a winter ice storm can have a silver lining, and for GRDA, that silver lining was new strength. Though it required a lot of teamwork during some stormy days, GRDA recovered from the ice storms, with a new strength and new experiences that will better prepare it for the future.

Meanwhile, even as new power lines were rebuilt after the storms—to be better than they were before the storm—GRDA was also strengthening and rebuilding relationships in 2007.

Nearly two years’ worth of negotiations led to a new long term contract which GRDA and many of its municipal customers signed in 2007. Although these public power partnerships were already long-term (GRDA has served the majority of its municipal customers for over 60 years), the new contracts represented a new strength, and really, a new level of relationship. That strength, and the experiences associated with reaching these historic agreements, will prepare GRDA, and its customers, for the future.

They are beneficial agreements these public power partners can depend on for a long, long time.

2006 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Moving Oklahoma in a Grand Direction

Grand River Dam Authority and its customers gained momentum as we continued to work together moving Oklahoma in a grand direction.

This tradition—over 65 years old—of utilizing Oklahoma resources to meet Oklahoma needs resounded in 2006. Following three years of significant changes where GRDA embraced the basic fundamentals and principles of public power, and renewed commitments to provide necessary resources for its public power partners in the future, the role GRDA serves became clearer—and more valued.

GRDA’s overriding goals remain the same: to be Oklahoma’s low-cost, reliable electric supplier, to be a good steward of the resources under its control, and to be a valuable asset for the state of Oklahoma.

2005 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Embracing Grand

It was a busy year, as the Grand River Dam Authority and its customers embraced the basic fundamentals and principles of public power.

Following a year of significant changes, GRDA renewed commitments to provide necessary resources for its public power partners in the future by increasing accountability, reviewing corporate policies, telling its story to constituents and strengthening relationships with customers and stakeholders.

Why so much effort? Because the Grand River Dam Authority always strives to be Oklahoma’s low-cost, reliable electric supplier, as well as a good steward of the natural resources under its control.

Of course, there is still much to do. But if 2005 is any indication of what lies ahead, the Grand River Dam Authority is excited about embracing a grand future.

2004 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report


Change is inevitable.  Sometimes it happens on its own, and organizations find themselves reacting to it. In such cases, change is not always for the better.

However, when an organization initiates the change—though that may mean making hard decisions and shaking up the status quo—it controls the change. In such cases, the end results are worth the effort. In 2004, GRDA initiated many changes within its organization. In the form of new management, new departments, new directions and a new focus on old issues, change came often.

Now, as we look back on the year, GRDA believes the changes of 2004 were well worth the effort.