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Governor appoints John Saven to Energy Northwest Executive Board

Mike Paoli, Public Affairs, 509-377-4164
Carla Martinez, Public Affairs, 509-372-5156      
RICHLAND, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed John Saven to the Energy Northwest Executive Board. His term runs through June 2020.
Saven’s service to public power spans more than 44 years. Most recently, he retired as the founder and CEO of the Northwest Requirements Utilities in Portland, Oregon. NRU represents the interests of the Bonneville Power Administration’s full requirements customers, ensuring access to low cost and reliable power supply.
“I believe my skills can mesh well with the expertise needed for this particular board position,” said Saven.
His distinguished career in public power began with Seattle City Light where he served as the deputy superintendent for Finance and Administration. He also previously served as the executive director of Northwest Irrigation Utilities where he helped ensure BPA’s customers with large agricultural loads remained competitive. 
“I believe Columbia Generating Station and the other non-carbon emitting resources of the federal hydro system provide the necessary backbone for developing other variable-output clean energy sources in the region,” said Saven.
Saven also was instrumental in forming the Northwest RiverPartners, an organization dedicated to preserving the economic and environmental benefits of the Columbia and Snake rivers.
“The appointment of John rounds out our 11-person team,” said Energy Northwest Executive Board Chair Sid Morrison. “With John, the governor has brought on board expertise that will sustain strong budget and financial perspectives for our organization.”
Saven’s appointment fills the position previously assumed by Dave Remington whose term expired.
The executive board has 11 members; five elected from the board of directors, three appointed by the board of directors from outside Energy Northwest and the remaining three appointed by the governor of Washington. The executive board sets the policies that govern the operations of the organization.
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 facility. 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, joint action 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.
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