Imperial Irrigation District is pleased to announce the hiring of Pete Garris as deputy manager of the district’s Energy Department.
Garris has a long and distinguished utility industry career, approaching 50 years with a number of organizations, including: Western Area Power Administration, California Department of Water Resources, California Independent System Operator, Northern California Power Agency and Consolidated Edison Company of New York.
Garris joins IID Energy Department Manager Vicken Kasarjian, who, in October, began heading up the department, realigning personnel and reporting relationships to strengthen the utility. Garris’ main duties will be oversight of system operations in La Quinta and Imperial with a focus on resolving customer issues in the La Quinta service area.
Kasarjian said the addition of Garris’ depth of experience and standing in the industry sends the right message at a time of fundamental change in the electric utility business in California and throughout the West. The appointment is part of important steps being taken to respond to the demands and expectations of an evolving energy landscape.
Prior to joining IID, Garris held varying positions of responsibility, starting his career as an apprentice operator with Con Ed in 1966, then going from a journey level power plant operator to deputy director with California Department of Water Resources for both the Davis and Schwarzennager administrations and finally retiring from the Western Area Power Administration in 2014 as vice president of regional power operations manager for the Sierra Nevada region.
Over the years Garris’ areas of responsibility included hydroelectric and thermal power plants, pumping plants, dams, reservoirs, water treatment facilities, sub-stations, switching centers, control rooms (water and electricity), trading operations (electricity and natural gas), transmission operations and development, management and executive.