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NR 15-11 Former congressman, state senator receive power awards

​​​Mike Paoli, Public Affairs, 509-377-4164                                                      
Angela Smith, Public Affairs, 509-377-4154
RICHLAND, Wash. – Two members of the Energy Northwest executive board will receive awards during May from the Northwest Public Power Association at the association’s 75th annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
Former Congressman, Washington Secretary of Transportation and soldier Sid Morrison will receive the association’s Paul J. Raver community service award. The award is given to an individual or organization that has shown superior leadership in the betterment of cities, locales, states or regions. Morrison currently serves as chair of the executive board.
“Sid sets the bar quite high with more than 50 years of community service,” said Mark Reddemann, Energy Northwest CEO. “His diplomacy and grassroots-style leadership has helped Energy Northwest strive for the highest standards of excellence.”
Sen. Tim Sheldon will receive NWPPA’s John M. George public service award. The award recognizes policymaking officers of member systems that have demonstrated remarkable service to public power.
“Tim has been a longtime friend and strong advocate of Washington state’s public utilities and has been intricately involved in the public power community during the last several decades,” said Reddemann.
“Tim personifies the ideal candidate that has outstanding industry and personal achievements during his career and involvement with NWPPA and the public power community,” said Karl Denison, Mason County Public Utility District No. 1’s board president. “He is a great ally and friend of PUD 1, Energy Northwest and public power.”
Morrison was appointed to the executive board in 2001 by the agency’s board of directors, and has been the chair since 2006.
Sheldon was appointed to the Energy Northwest executive board in 2003 by the agency’s board of directors, and has been the committee chair of the Administrative, Energy and Members Services committee since 2006. Sheldon also served as a PUD commissioner at Mason County PUD No. 1 from 1999 to 2002.
Energy Northwest nominated Morrison; and Mason PUD 1 and Energy Northwest co-nominated Sheldon.
NWPPA is an international not-for-profit trade association representing and serving nearly 150 customer-owned, locally controlled utilities in the Western U.S. and Canada. The Association also serves approximately 300 associate members across the U.S. and Canada who are allied with the electric utility industry.
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 plant. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally respon¬sible 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 operating 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. Energy Northwest –
About Mason County PUD No. 1
Founded in 1935, Mason County PUD No. 1 was the first public utility district formed in Washington State. PUD 1 provides non-for-profit water, sewer and electric services to approximately 7,100 customers in both Mason and Jefferson counties. The District’s mission is to provide customers with safe, reliable and locally-controlled utility services with the highest possible value at the lowest possible cost.
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