Statement by Mark Reddemann, chief executive officer, on the 60th anniversary of Energy Northwest:
It was on this day 60 years ago the Washington state
director of Conservation and Development signed the order that created the
Washington Public Power Supply System – today’s Energy Northwest – a joint
action agency with 17 public utility district members. The primary mission of
this new state agency would be to meet the collective needs and aggregate the resources
of public utilities statewide and, through cooperative action, build and operate
electrical generating and transmission facilities.
We’ve come a long way in the past six decades. Our agency
has experienced tremendous change and positive growth. Today we provide
services and solutions to 27 member utilities, and own and operate facilities that
generate more than 1,300 megawatts of power. We employ more than 1,100 local
residents, and we deliver nearly $500 million in economic impact to the local
economy each year.
For the last 60 years we have provided a stable work
environment for an entire generation of employees, and now we welcome a second
generation of employees.
On this day, our 60th birthday, we can look
back with pride at everything we’ve accomplished, and look forward to the
accomplishments we will achieve in 2017 and beyond.