Looking back on GRDAs’ 2018: Part 4

This week we close out our look back on GRDA’s 2018 with a quick review of the last three months of the year. While the summer season is always busy around GRDA and its waters, there was also plenty going on in the fall as the year began to wind down. Here are a few highlights …

On a mutual aid mission …. GRDA employees work to clear brush and restore power near Tallahassee, Florida in October, following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Michael. As in previous years, GRDA crews responded to neighboring states in 2018 to provide mutual aid. GRDA “looks back” on this moment, and others in our review of 2018.

October: Down along the coast, October usually means hurricane season and, unfortunately, that trend continued in 2018. However, so did the Team GRDA trend of providing mutual aid. On October 9, a group of 31 GRDA employees headed out for Tallahassee, Florida to assist with repairs to that city’s electric system, following Hurricane Michael.

November: In mid-November, GRDA’s “champion chili cooks” from each facility came together for the grand finale chili cook-off, held in conjunction with the November GRDA Board of Directors meeting. Transmission’s Laurel Swift took the top prize but, more importantly, the cook-off served as a fundraiser for GRDA’s Oklahoma State Employee Charitable Campaign and raised nearly $1,300 for charities in the month of November. Altogether in 2018, GRDA employees raised nearly $18,000 for charity.

December: As we entered the last month of 2018, GRDA was receiving recognition as a finalist for the 2018 Power Award of Excellence at the 2018 S&P Platts Global Energy Awards in New York City. Though the Authority did not win the top prize, it was selected as a global finalist for its recent contributions and investment in power generation, as well as other factors. For GRDA, it was a great way to conclude the year and a strong platform to build on in 2019.

Team GRDA wishes you and yours a safe and prosperous New Year!

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.