Merced Irrigation District appointed Don Ouchley as the new manager of Engineering and Operations for Energy Resources. He will be responsible for performing complex professional field and office electrical engineering work in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of MID electrical facilities.
Ouchley brings more than 40 years of experience to the job, MID said in a news release. That experience includes decades of power supply planning, acquisition, development and management.
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.
Ouchley now lives in Jacksonville, Fla. He recently retired as director of Beaches Energy Services. The utility provides electric service and natural gas to 34,000 customers. The utility has a $100 million budget and annual loads of 232 megawatts. Throughout his career he has worked in management and engineering for several large utilities from Florida to Texas and Louisiana.
He holds a master’s of Business Administration from City University in Seattle, Wash. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La.
Ouchley will begin work with MID on Sept. 12.