Grimm retires after 44 years with small hydro owner Alaska Power & Telephone

Bob Grimm, president/chief executive officer of Alaska Power & Telephone Co., is retiring after 44 years with the company, which owns and operates small hydro projects.

Grimm came to the company in 1972 because it was a “bad fish year” and Grimm worked in the fisheries industry at the time, according to a press release. Grimm became president of AP&T in 1984.

During his time with AP&T, Grimm spearheaded the construction of four hydropower projects in southeast Alaska, three of which were certified by the Low Impact Hydro Institute. The company currently has two additional small hydro projects under construction. These are 5-MW Hiilangaay (formerly called Reynolds Creek) on Prince of Wales Island and 1.5-MW Yerrick Creek. AP&T’s energy portfolio went from 97% carbon-based to more than 70% renewables based.

Grimm was named Small Utility CEO of the Year in 2015 by Electric Light & Power magazine, which is published by HydroWorld parent company PennWell.

Michael Garrett will replace Grimm. Garrett is a CPA who has been with the company 27 years, most recently holding the title of vice president/chief operating officer of its telecom division.

AP&T is an employee and investor owned company in Skagway, Alaska, that owns and operates seven hydroelectric facilities. These are 4.5-MW Black Bear Lake, 943-kW Dewey Lakes, 4-MW Goat Lake, 3-MW Kasidaya Creek, 250-kW Lutak, 2-MW South Fork and 800-kW Falls Creek.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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