Steve Wright, longtime head of the Bonneville Power Administration, will be joined by Wilfred Woods, former Wenatchee World publisher who has written and spoken extensively about public power development in the Pacific Northwest, and by Wayne Wright, recently retired executive at Chelan County PUD who has served as the PUD historian for much of his 33 years in public power.
The three will talk about the people and the persistence that it took to build the Northwest hydro system over the past 75 years or so. BPA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and Chelan PUD celebrated its 75th birthday last year.
The free public event titled, “Darkness to Dawn: The incredible stories behind building our Northwest hydro system,” will start Wednesday, Oct. 10, (the middle of Public Power Week) with a reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres and music at 5 p.m. at the new MAC building at Wenatchee Valley College. The three guest speakers will then share their insights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grove Recital Hall, followed by questions from the audience until about 7 p.m.
BPA has prepared a short video to highlight its story, which will be shown. Chelan PUD also has a short video covering its history and development titled, “Lights On III,” that will also be shown as part of Wayne Wright’s remarks, as he was one of its producers.
The public is invited to this once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear from three of the region’s best experts on public power history and development and to see the new college facility that will be home to numerous community presentations in the years ahead.