About Steve Kern


Mr. Kern was appointed general manager of Cowlitz PUD effective January 2016. He has worked as an energy consultant throughout the Northwest and previously served as the power supply and environmental affairs officer for Seattle City Light. He joined TEA’s board in 2016.

Mr. Kern has over 35 years of experience working for utilities and energy companies including Duke Energy and PNGC Power, where he was senior vice president. Throughout his career he has specialized in power supply management, portfolio risk management, and renewable resources.

Mr. Kern holds a bachelor’s degree in geological science with an emphasis in hydrology from the University of Washington. He has also completed graduate level business courses in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, and information systems management at Seattle University.

Cowlitz PUD, founded in 1936, is a Public Utility District located in Longview, WA. It serves 48,500 electric customers in Cowlitz County, WA, and is the second largest PUD in the state in terms of annual power sales. Cowlitz owns the 70 MW Swift No. 2 Hydroelectric Project on the North Fork of the Lewis River (WA). In addition, the PUD has partnered with other Washington and Oregon utilities to develop the 98 MW Harvest Wind and 205 MW White Creek Wind projects in the Columbia River gorge.

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