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Members, Officers Elected to Nuclear Participant Board

Carla Martinez, Public Affairs, 509-372-5156              
Susan Fillafer, Public Affairs, 509-377-6117   

RICHLAND, Wash. – Columbia Generating Station stakeholders, representing 92 utilities in six states, elected member utilities and individual officers to the nuclear power plant’s participants review board during their May 19 public meeting.
The three utility participants elected for a three-year term to the nine-member board are: 
Participant               Utility-appointed representative
Franklin County PUD       Stu Nelson
Lewis County PUD               Tim Cournyer
Okanagan PUD       Bill Colyar 
The PRB also elected Susan Thraen, Missoula Electric Cooperative, as chair; Stu Nelson, Franklin County PUD, as vice-chair; and Tim Cournyer, Lewis County PUD, as secretary. Officers serve a one-year term.

Thraen has been a member of the board since 2013. She currently serves as president of the Missoula Electric Cooperative.  Nelson, a member since 2007, serves as vice-president on the Franklin PUD board of commissioners.  Cournyer has been a member since 2017.   
The participants review board reviews Columbia’s annual budget and fuel management plans, as well as nuclear construction and purchases of more than $500,000.

Columbia Generating Station, a 1,207-megawatt boiling water reactor owned and operated by Energy Northwest, is the third largest generator of electricity in Washington state.

All of Columbia’s electricity is sold at-cost to Bonneville Power Administration. The 92 utilities that receive a portion of Columbia’s output are located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and California.

About Energy Northwest       
Energy Northwest owns and operates a diverse mix of 100 percent clean electricity generating resources: hydro, solar and wind projects, and the third-largest provider of electricity in Washington – the Columbia Generating Station 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 action 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. Visit our website for more information about us. 

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