Snohomish County PUD’s Craig Collar stepping down as CEO

Craig Collar, CEO and general manager at Snohomish County Public Utility District, has announced his retirement, with his last day scheduled for June 29.

Collar has served Snohomish County PUD in his current role for nearly three years after joining the company in 2006, but is leaving to spend more time with his family.

The Washington-based utility said its Board of Commissioners will appoint an interim CEO and general manager by June 29.

“PUD customers have benefitted greatly from Craig’s expertise amid an increasingly complex energy industry,” said Kathleen Vaughn, president of PUD’s Board of Commissioners. “His many contributions have helped reinforce our continued commitment to conservation, financial prudence, renewable resources, safety, customer service and ongoing improvements to system reliability.”

Collar is credited with helping Snohomish County PUD secure millions of dollars in grants and creating partnerships with a number of universities and organizations to develop new renewable energy resources in the Pacific Northwest.

The utility said Collars has also led negotiations with the Bonneville Power Administration, while also putting a strong emphasis on reducing workplace risk.

“As a result, the utility’s recordable injury rate is at its lowest level in nearly 30 years — down 50% from 2015,” Snohomish County PUD said in a release.

More than 80% of Snohomish County PUD’s energy mix is generated by hydroelectric sources. Most are owned by BPA, though the company also operates the 112-MW Jackson, 7.5-MW Youngs Creek and 650-kW Woods Creek facilities.

The utility had planned on constructing a 30 MW hydropower plant called Sunset Falls on the Skykomish River, but announced it was canceling development earlier this month.

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