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Great River Energy's generation director John Weeda added his name in 2017 to the Stanton Station employees who signed the generator after the plant went off line, marking the end of an era for a lignite pioneer.

Mandan native John Weeda, who retired in 2017 as director of North Dakota Plant Operations for Great River Energy, has been selected to serve as the director of the North Dakota Transmission Authority by the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

Weeda, who worked 41 years with Great River Energy, graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He spent the majority of his career at the Coal Creek Station, where he worked in various positions before becoming plant manager in 1989.

He was promoted to director of North Dakota Plant Operations in 2010 and supervised all three of Great River Energy’s coal-based power plants — Coal Creek Station, Stanton Station and Spiritwood Station — until his retirement last year. 

As director of the North Dakota Transmission Authority, Weeda will work with the NDIC to facilitate the development of transmission infrastructure in the state to accommodate new generation sources. 

“John Weeda’s long career with an electric generation and transmission cooperative provides him with the necessary background to step into this new role," members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, including Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehrin, said in a joint statement. "His service on the EmPower Commission has also given him a good understanding of all of North Dakota’s diverse energy resources — including oil and gas, coal-based electricity and renewables.”

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