John Dobken, Public Affairs, 509-377-8369
Laura Scheele, Public Affairs, 509-377-4464
RICHLAND, Wash. – Raleigh, N.C., resident William S. Orser accepted Energy Northwest’s board of directors’ appointment to a four-year term as an outside director on the public power agency’s 11-member executive board. The executive board sets the policies that govern the operations of the organization. His new term begins June 17.
Orser was first appointed by the board of directors to the executive board in April 2010. The public power agency’s 27-member board of directors represents the 22 public utility districts and five municipal utilities that make up Energy Northwest. The board of directors has sole authority to authorize and terminate projects.
William Orser was the interim CEO for Tennessee Valley Authority from 2006-2007 before continuing as an advisor. Orser worked at Progress Energy Company from 1993-2005, until his retirement as president, energy supply group. From 1987-1993, he held various positions at Detroit Edison Company, including executive vice president and chief nuclear officer. He also worked at nuclear power plants owned and operated by Portland General Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co.
Qualified as engineer officer, Orser served on three nuclear submarines in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1975. A licensed professional engineer in California, Orser earned a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and a master’s in computer science management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
About Energy Northwest
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state, not-for-profit joint operating agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs.