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Energy Northwest named to top Military Friendly Employers list for 7th straight year

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Northwest is proud to announce that it has earned the Military Friendly Employer designation for 2022. This is the seventh year in a row that EN earned this designation.

“Veterans come to Energy Northwest with a diverse set of experiences, technological expertise and well-developed leadership skills,” said CEO Bob Schuetz, who is also a retired captain from the U.S. Navy. “The contributions of our veterans and their experiences make our tremendous workforce even stronger. Their diverse perspectives and experiences help to stimulate the innovation that is necessary for us to continue our excellence journey.”

More than 30% of EN’s employees are veterans.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly Employer designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over a thousand companies participated in the 2022 Military Friendly survey. Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization’s survey score with an assessment of the organization’s ability to meet thresholds for Applicant, New Hire Retention, Employee Turnover, and Promotion & Advancement of veterans and military employees.

“Companies earning the Military Friendly Employers ® designation create and elevate the standard for military programs across the globe, they have invested in substantive programs to recruit, retain and advance the veterans and service members within their organizations,” said Kayla Lopez, Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly. “To them, hiring veterans and servicemembers is more than just the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.”

Energy Northwest will be showcased along with other 2022 Military Friendly Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and on

​About Military Friendly ® Employers:

Military Friendly is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community. Over 1,500 organizations compete annually for Military Friendly designation. Military Friendly ratings are owned by Viqtory, Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. Viqtory is not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or the federal government. Results are produced via a rules-based algorithm. The data-driven Military Friendly lists and methodology can be found at

About Energy Northwest 

Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar, battery storage and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear power facility. These projects provide carbon-free electricity at the cost of generation – enough clean, cost-effective and reliable energy to power more than a million homes each year. As an independent joint operating agency of Washington state, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million customers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs. 

Kelly Rae, Public Affairs, 509-372-5376

Carla Martinez, Public Affairs, 509-372-5150    ​

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