Non-essential worker status change, operations continue

Carla Martinez, Public Affairs, 509-372-5156
Kelly Rae, Public Affairs, 509-372-5376


RICHLAND, Wash.
–  Energy Northwest CEO Brad Sawatzke told employees Monday that all non-essential workers are not to report for work on site effective tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 24 as an evolution of the agency’s COVID-19 pandemic response measures.  

Employees who previously volunteered to work from home should continue to do so, and those non-essential employees who are able to work from home should begin doing so tomorrow. The EN leadership team will evaluate conditions on a daily basis; however, the initial plan is for this arrangement to remain in effect until approximately April 6.

“Today’s decision is about the health and safety of our employees,” said CEO Brad Sawatzke. “We currently have no challenges to maintaining operations of our generating facilities and this step helps to increase physical distancing between workers.”

Energy Northwest continues to monitor the situation and take action to protect the health and safety of its employees and the public. The agency is not aware of any Energy Northwest employee or contractor with COVID-19.

About Energy Northwest                
Energy Northwest owns and operates a diverse mix of 100% 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 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.