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NWPP Future Leadership

May 23, 2018

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Hardev Juj, 253-576-8637 or hardev.juj@gmail.com

Northwest Power Pool corporation to be led by noted Western grid expert, Frank Afranji

[PORTLAND, Ore.] – The Northwest Power Pool corporation (NWPP Corporation) announced today its Board of Directors has selected Frank Afranji as President of the nonprofit that helps coordinate electric grid operations for the Northwestern United States and Western Canada.  The NWPP Corporation supports the volunteer membership of the Northwest Power Pool, which includes major utilities, generators and energy managers who together work for increased grid efficiency and reliability.

Afranji was selected by the NWPP Corporation Board after a multi-month search for an experienced energy industry professional with demonstrated knowledge of the increasing regional and interregional grid issues faced by the Western U.S. and Western Canada. Most recently, he served as the Director of Transmission & Reliability Services at Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric utility.

The Chairman of the Board of the NWPP Corporation, Hardev Juj, said the extensive search for a new NWPP President could be aptly described as “rigorous.”  

“The Board was honored and gratified by the very strong field of candidates who applied for this position,” Juj said. “We are truly fortunate to have retained Frank Afranji because he brings exactly the right mixture of experience, credibility, and integrity to build on the NWPP Corporation’s strong foundation, and we are confident he can move it forward with renewed purpose and enthusiasm.”

The expertise and enthusiasm embodied by Afranji were underscored by other Northwest Power Pool members, including the top leader at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the federal agency that owns and operates more than 15,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines in eight Western states.

"Frank brings a wonderful combination of knowledge, experience and leadership to help energize the Northwest Power Pool," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "His focus on the members and the opportunities and challenges they are facing in a very dynamic operating environment will be a real asset for the Northwest.  I look forward to working with Frank in his new role."

Though Afranji will retire from his current job at Portland General Electric (a Northwest Power Pool member) to take on this new role starting August 1, his move is seen as an important continuation of his decades of extensive work on regional grid matters.

“We are very pleased with Frank’s appointment,” said Maria Pope, Portland General Electric’s president and CEO.  “Frank is a collaborative, forward-thinking leader and has deep industry experience. He will serve the region well during this period of rapid change as the industry looks to solidify our regional partnerships in serving the Pacific Northwest with the exceptional reliability we have all come to expect.”

Included among the projects Afranji, his NWPP Corporation staff and the Northwest Power Pool membership will be working on ahead are:

1) convening a summit with NWPP Corporation member leadership to develop a shared strategic vision for the NWPP Corporation’s future,

2) providing continuity of support for core Northwest Power Pool member reliability initiatives, and

3) exploring new opportunities for the NWPP Corporation to serve as a trusted neutral to help members better integrate regional planning and tackle pressing challenges, such as resource adequacy.

Afranji is eager to assume his new responsibilities. “I look forward to teaming up with the NWPP Corporation’s Board and staff to propel the organization into the next stage of excellence to meet the needs and aspirations of the Northwest Power Pool membership,” he said.

About the NWPP Corporation

The NWPP Corporation is based in Portland, Oregon. Having evolved from its informal origins of three engineers on loan from member utilities in 1941 to the existing staff today, the NWPP Corporation strives to help its customer organizations achieve maximum benefits of coordinated operations. The staffing and governance functions supporting the committees of the Northwest Power Pool Agreement were folded into a nonprofit corporation in 1999.

During the course of its evolution, the NWPP Corporation has refined its core values to be customer-driven, relationship-based, independent, and operating with great integrity. From this foundation, the NWPP Corporation provides professional and management services to its participating organizations, as defined by its General Services Agreements, and professional service contracts with individual participants. The Northwest Power Pool Agreement provides for a voluntary association whose membership consists of major generating utilities serving the Northwestern United States, British Columbia, and Alberta. Smaller, principally non-generating utilities in the region participate indirectly through the member system with which they are interconnected.

Northwest Power Pool membership activities are largely determined by major committees – the Operating Committee, the Coordinating Group for the Pacific Northwest Coordination Agreement, the Reserve Sharing Group Committee, and the Transmission Planning Committee.

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