The Pryor Times

September 29, 2012

GRDA Assistant General Manager honored


Pryor, OK — Pryor Times



OKLAHOMA CITY — Grand River Dam Authority Assistant General Manager of Thermal and Hydro Generation Charles Barney has been named as recipient of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma Ray Duffy Personal Service Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has brought great credit to himself and to the electric power industry by service and his actions. Barney oversees GRDA’s diverse generation portfolio which includes hydro generation at the Pensacola and Robert S. Kerr Dams, a pumped storage project near Salina, a 1,000 MW coal fired complex near Choteau, the Redbud Generation Station near Luther, and an ownership interest in the new Canadian Hills wind power project near El Reno.

Barney achieved a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona. He was with Arizona Public Service for 10 years before coming to GRDA in 1988 as Superintendent of the Coal Fired Complex. During his long tenure, the CFC has consistently been ranked among the nation’s most reliable coal generation facilities and for 15 years the CFC ranked in the bottom 10 power plants nationally in fuel cost. Barney and his management team are responsible for the reliability of the plants while Barney himself was the lead negotiator for GRDA on coal procurement and rail coal freight rates for the CFC.

In April of 1999, he was named Assistant General Manager for Thermal Generation and in 2011 assumed control of all of GRDA’s generation assets. During his tenure he has directed major overhauls of both turbine generators as well as updates of all controls (the original plants had analog controls) and update of major emissions systems. He is currently updating the overhaul of the hydropower generators at the Kerr Dam.