OTEC promotes Tracy to engineering director

Writer: John Day

Blue Mountain Eagle

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative Director of Engineering Charlie Tracy. Contributed photo

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative has promoted Charlie Tracy to director of engineering.

Tracy moves into the position after a total of 13 years as a systems engineer for the cooperative. During that time, Tracy has spearheaded multiple major projects, which include transmission design and substation construction.

“I sincerely believe in the cooperative model and in the communities we serve,” Tracy said.

Tracy has also worked for TriAxis Engineering in Corvallis as a utility power line designer.

“I look forward to supporting OTEC and our members in all that the future holds,” he said.

Tracy received his electrical engineering degree from New Mexico State University in 2002. He also earned his professional engineering license from the state of Oregon in 2011.

OTEC General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Les Penning said Tracy has been the anchor point for the cooperative’s focus on accessing innovative technology in renewable energy and how its future may be shaped and impacted in areas such as power supply, battery storage and electric vehicles.

“Charlie’s passion, knowledge and strategic focus in these areas will be of great benefit as he assumes his new role,” Penning said.

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