Grover Hettel

Chief Nuclear Officer
Portrait of Grover Hettel

Grover Hettel became Chief Nuclear Officer for Energy Northwest in April 2018 after serving as Vice President for Nuclear Operations since March 19, 2012. He has more than 30 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 in Phoenix, Ariz.  Prior to working at Palo Verde, he was Maintenance manager and acting plant general manager at Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station in Homestead, Fla. 

Grover also worked as Maintenance manager and plant general manager at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert, Mich, and held progressive leadership positions at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Ark., where he held a senior reactor operators license.  In addition, he worked at  two gas turbine electric generating plants; a cogeneration plant in Sweetwater, Texas and while with Entergy at Saltend Cogeneration Power Plant in Hull, England. After receiving his engineering degree, Mr. Hettel worked construction and commissioning at Riverbend Nuclear Station in St. Francisville, La., South Texas Nuclear Project in Wadsworth, Texas, and Turkey Point Nuclear Plant during an eight year period. 

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.

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 also recognized by the Association of Washington Business as the “2016 Employer of the Year” for its innovative job retention, creation and compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment.