"You get out there and you hear some of the stories about a lot of people not having power and that really tugs at your heart," said Trent Fittje, a GRDA linemen and veteran of several mutual aid trips.
Although they battled some difficult terrain, dust storms, high winds, cold weather and even a bit of snow, David Hefner, who served as the GRDA lead in Arizona, called the week of long hours and difficult work a great experience.
"NTUA was very pleased with the work we did and also very grateful to GRDA for allowing us to do this," said Hefner.
(1) A non-profit power utility, GRDA
was originally established in Oklahoma, USA in 1935 as a State Agency to construct a dam on the Grand River and operate hydro power units.
is Oklahoma's state-owned electric utility funded by revenue from electric and water sales instead of taxes.
Mixed Financial Position: GRDA capacity payments largely drive Coffeyville's sound projected cash flows through 2021.
Reliance on Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Payments: Given Coffeyville, KS's reliance on capacity payments from GRDA (A+/Stable) to meet debt service, the rating on the bonds is likely to remain capped by the GRDA rating.
The recently completed natural gas-fired plant, together with the extension of its GRDA power purchase and sale agreement, should allow Coffeyville to increase system reliability, relieve transmission congestion, and continue its low-cost operations.
The 495 megawatt (MW) GTCC plant to be built at the facility in Chouteau, about 56 kilometers east of Tulsa, the second largest city in Oklahoma, will help GRDA meet new emissions regulations by reducing its dependence on coal-fired power generation.
The GTCC power plant components to be supplied to GRDA include an M501J gas turbine, an SRT-50 steam turbine and a generator.
GRDA was selected as a global finalist for its contributions and investment in power generation, which was critically evaluated to be impactful and reliable.
"We take pride in being a leader in the energy sector with a commitment to reliable, affordable energy," said Dan Sullivan, GRDA CEO.