Board Director

Steve Wright

General Manager
Board Member Since June 2017

Steve was named General Manager of Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County (Chelan PUD) by the Board of Commissioners in September 2013.

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in public administration.   Steve began his professional career at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in the energy conservation division in 1981. His duties included developing program evaluation tools, the development of the first energy conservation supply curves and the integration of energy conservation into least cost planning models.  He held a number of positions within BPA including the last 12 years as Administrator/CEO. BPA provides roughly one-third the electricity and 70% of the high voltage transmission in the Pacific Northwest.  During his tenure as Administrator he oversaw substantial increases in energy efficiency investments and BPA was named a Star of Energy Efficiency award winner from the Alliance to Save Energy in 2004.

As General Manager, Steve has led the development of a community based Strategic Plan finalized in April 2015. Steve is committed to an open dialogue with customers, employees and the PUD’s many business partners about the priorities of the PUD and continuing to ensure low rates and reliable service consistent with a financially stable public power utility.  In 2016 survey 93% of customers indicated they were very satisfied or satisfied with their Chelan PUD service. Chelan PUD.  A portion of that result is due to aggressive energy efficiency programs whereby the PUD is seeking to double the amount of savings achieved relative to the voter approved regulatory requirement.