General Manager, Chelan County PUD

Wenatchee, WA

Steve Wright was named General Manager of Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County (Chelan PUD) by the Board of Commissioners in September 2013.  He has served on the Boards of the American Public Power Association and the Alliance to Save Energy, on the Steering Committee for the Large Public Power Council and Past Chair of the Public Generating Pool (public power generators in Washington and Oregon).

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in public administration. Wright held a number of positions within BPA, the last 12 years as Administrator. At BPA, he was in charge during the west coast energy crisis and the resulting financial recovery, completed a 10 year agreement for salmon restoration in the Columbia River basin, oversaw substantial increases in energy efficiency investments, established new transmission expansion and integration strategies to support wind power
development, and new 20-year power sales contract for all of BPA’s supply.

As General Manager, Wright has led the development of two community based Strategic Plans with the most recent plan finalized in October 2019. In a 2018 survey 97% of customers indicated they were very satisfied or satisfied with their Chelan PUD service.

Chelan PUD has taken a leadership role to identify a least cost path for achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the Pacific Northwest electric sector. Chelan PUD and the National Hydropower Association have coauthored an agenda for public policy actions to reinvigorate the hydropower industry.

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