PUD 1’s Ron Gold Elected to Nuclear Board

Mason County PUD No. 1 Commissioner Ron Gold has elected to the Columbia Generating Station participants review board.

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 public meeting last week in Sacramento, CA. The meeting was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Northwest Public Power Association.

The three utility participants elected for a three-year term to the nine-member board are:

Participant Utility-appointed representative
Inland Power & Light Garry Rosman
Kittitas County PUD Paul Rogers
Mason PUD 1 Ron Gold

The PRB also elected Paul Rogers, Kittitas County PUD as chair; Susan Thraen, Missoula Electric Cooperative, as vice chair; and Stu Nelson of Franklin PUD as secretary. Officers serve a one-year term.

Rogers has been a member of the board since 2003. He currently serves as president on the Kittitas County PUD board of commissioners. Thraen, a member since 2013, serves as president on the Missoula Electric Cooperative. Nelson has been a member of the board since 2007. He currently serves as secretary on the Franklin PUD board of commissioners.

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.