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Published: April 19, 2013

Mikkelsen Elected to ColumbiaGrid Board of Directors

In a Special Member Meeting on April 17, Kris Mikkelsen, recently retired CEO, Inland Power & Light Co., Spokane was elected by the ColumbiaGrid Members to fill a vacant position on the Board of Directors. She will join current Board members Jim Miller and Ed Sienkiewicz. Her term starts immediately and will run through mid-2015.    
“Kris has a great deal of public power experience and broad industry knowledge”, says ColumbiaGrid Member, Kenny Dillon, Avista, who announced the results of the Members’ vote at the April 17 Board of Directors Meeting. Board Chair, Jim Miller, added “Ed and I look forward to working with Kris to further ColumbiaGrid’s mission to enhance reliability and efficient use of the transmission grid and bulk power system. Kris will be a strong asset on our team as we look ahead to future challenges and opportunities facing ColumbiaGrid, its Members, and the industry”.  
Ms. Mikkelsen’s 30 years of experience at Inland Power included twelve as CEO, and ten as CFO.  She has served on several boards including Board President of Northwest Requirements Utilities from 2002 – 2012.  She has a strong finance background and has been directly involved in analyzing costs and benefits associated with utility infrastructure investment. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Accounting from Eastern Washington University and currently serves as a board member for Spokane International Airport.


Member: Chelan County PUD      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Chelan County PUD

"Chelan PUD is a strong supporter of ColumbiaGrid and the work that’s accomplished through the transmission Planning and Expansion Functional Agreement (PEFA). As a result of that process, the mid-C utilities (Chelan, Grant and Douglas PUDs) and Bonneville Power Administration were able to reach an agreement that defined the need for a new transmission line, as well as determine who will construct, own and pay for the facility. Those difficult decisions were made successful through the expert and independent expertise of the ColumbiaGrid staff."
~~ Chad Bowman, Director - Transmission and Compliance