Merced Irrigation District has appointed Steve Wotruba as its deputy general manager of energy resources. Under direction of the general manager, Wotruba will provide leadership for the general planning, direction and supervision of engineering, construction, maintenance and resource efficiency related to MID’s Energy Resources Department.
Wotruba has more than 30 years experience in the power industry. He most recently served as manager of operations and maintenance, and professional services for Energy Northwest in Richland, Wash.
"This is a critical management position and I consider MID fortunate to have found an individual with Mr. Wortuba's experience and intellect,” said MID General Manager John Sweigard in a press release. "The MID team is eager for him to start and we know his experience will directly benefit the customers and community of Merced County."
In addition to irrigation and drainage operations, MID operates a 100-megawatt hydroelectric project on New Exchequer Dam. More than 7,300 residential and business customers are served by the District. MID’s electric system consists of three substations, 35 miles of overhead transmission lines, 360 miles of underground cable, 2,000 transformers and more than 400 switches, breakers and fuses.
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He holds a Masters Degree in International Management from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
He currently resides in Kennewick, Wash., and will begin work at MID in mid-September.
-- Posted by Brandon Bowers