“A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it’ll point you True North from where you are standing, but it’s got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms you’ll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination you plunge ahead heedless of obstacles and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp, what’s the use of knowing True North.” – Abraham Lincoln
I love Lincoln’s metaphor because it reminds us that vision about our destination without judgment and wisdom about how to reach that destination is not enough.
Our purpose at PNGC Power is to help our Members find and reach their True North for power supply needs while avoiding the swamps and deserts along the way. The power supply industry landscape continues to change and the horizon is not always clear. Certainly, the past few decades indicate that the road can be difficult with unforeseen twists and changing rules.
However, after approaching nearly two score of experience in this industry, I have come to appreciate that we cannot predict the future and that flexibility and adaptability are essential strategies. In order to be successful, we will rely on our rock-solid foundation built on the Cooperative Principles that have served us well. And we’ll use the knowledge, judgment, and expertise of the PNGC Board and staff to navigate our way forward.
PNGC Power’s mission remains the same as it always has: to meet the collective power supply and transmission needs of its Members that we are privileged to serve. A significant part of our foundation today is built upon our Bonneville Power Administration contract, and we will work diligently to preserve the benefits of the carbon-free federal hydropower system. However, we need to position ourselves for additional options for power supply and resources—in a future that promises to include more innovation and transforming ideas about energy—so that we can meet the changing needs of our Members in a landscape that continues to evolve.
We have our compass in hand. We’re mindful of the obstacles that may be in our path, and we know we have the ability to overcome them and move into the future. Now, on to True North!
PNGC Power President & CEO