Portland, Oregon – October 26, 2022 – PNGC Power, an Oregon-based Generation and Transmission Cooperative, has named Connor Reiten as Vice President of Government Affairs. In this role, Reiten will be responsible for the management and oversight of PNGC Power’s strategy related to engagement with state and federal lawmakers and other regional policymaking entities. Reiten will advocate on behalf of PNGC Power’s Members, 16 Northwest electric distribution cooperative utilities with service territory in seven western states.
Reiten brings experience from both the political and energy worlds. Most recently, Reiten served as Government and Community Affairs Manager for NW Natural. He’s also worked in policy as the policy lead for the NW Gas Association and the NW Alliance for Clean Transportation. Previously, Reiten worked for US Senator Jeff Merkley, and has worked on political campaigns for candidates, as well as with Quinn Thomas Public Affairs.
“Connor is joining PNGC at a crucial time, and we’re so excited to bring in his experience and background,” said Roger Gray, PNGC Power President and CEO. “The region is facing so many challenges right now, and PNGC is taking an active role in shaping what the future of power and transmission looks like. Connor’s expertise is going to help us address these Northwest issues head on.”
"PNGC has an outstanding team doing important work on behalf of the region," Reiten said. "I'm honored to join them and continue the effort to provide affordable, clean, and reliable energy for homes and businesses throughout the west."
Reiten is also active in the community, acting as a basketball coach for the French American International School, where he was also a trustee. He also serves as a board member for the Mid-Willamette Valley Boys and Girls Club, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, The Mid-Willamette Valley Homebuilders Association, and at the Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR).
Reiten officially joins PNGC Power on November 7th.
About PNGC Power
PNGC Power is an Oregon-based electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative owned by 16 Northwest electric distribution cooperative utilities with service territory in seven western states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming). The company creates value for its member systems by providing power supply, transmission, and other management services. PNGC Power is an aggregator of geographically diverse loads in the region.