Grover Hettel

Interim CEO & Chief Nuclear Officer
Photo: Grover Hettel
​​Grover Hettel was appointed Interim CEO of Energy Northwest effective July 1, 2021,  and remains Chief Nuclear Officer, a position​ he has held since August 2018.  Prior to these ​​positions, Grover served as vice president for Operations.  He has more than 38 years of industry experience with a diverse background in Operations, Engineering and Maintenance. 

Prior to joining Energy Northwest, Grover served as Operations director and plant general manager at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.  Grover also worked as Maintenance manager and plant general manager at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, and held progressive leadership positions at Arkansas Nuclear One, where he held a senior reactor operators license.  He also worked at two gas turbine electric generating plants with one being the Saltend Cogeneration Power Plant in Hull, England.  Grover initially worked construction and commissioning at Riverbend Nuclear Station. South Texas Nuclear Project, and Turkey Point Nuclear Plant. 

Grover holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Arkansas Tech University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Arkansas.  Grover completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Energy Northwest is a joint operating agency serving the needs of public power by providing reliable, low-cost electricity while promoting public power activities in the region.  It has received numerous awards and recognition for its hiring of veterans, employee philanthropy and community service.  Energy Northwest was previously recognized by the Association of Washington Business as an Employer of the Year for its innovative job retention, creation and compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment.