FORMER SILICON VALLEY POWER CHIEF ELECTRIC UTILITY OFFICER JOHN ROUKEMA HONORED WITH LIFE MEMBER AWARD
Post Date:05/22/2019 1:30 PM
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Today, John Roukema, previous chief electric utility officer of Silicon Valley Power, was presented with the esteemed Life Member Award from the Northwest Public Power Association at the Association’s annual membership meeting. This recognition is awarded to retiring policymakers and managers who have made notable contributions to the Association, their utilities and their communities. Roukema retired from Silicon Valley Power in December 2018.
Roukema spent 38 years at Silicon Valley Power, dedicating much of his 41 year career to public power. He started in Santa Clara as a senior electric utility engineer in 1980, diligently working his way up to eventually lead the utility. Roukema has also served as chairman of both the Transmission Agency of Northern California and the M‑S‑R Energy Authority and has held roles with multiple additional power organizations.
“Receiving this award from the public power community is a great honor,” says Roukema. “It has been a privilege to serve the City of Santa Clara and our Silicon Valley Power customers. I am proud of the challenges and opportunities that we have worked through together as the electric utility industry has evolved over the last 38 years. From rebranding and assuring the utility remained competitive and provided reliable energy during the energy crisis to serving Super Bowl 50 during a time of increasing cyber threats and more recently meeting unprecedented load growth, the team at Silicon Valley Power has always stepped up to meet the occasion.”
Roukema was a leader and a pioneer in the public power industry. During his tenure at Silicon Valley Power, he established utility‑wide strategies that have since become the standard for municipal utilities, including negotiating long‑term rate contracts with major commercial customers, implementing early transmission access agreements and developing a dark fiber leasing strategy. During his final year at Silicon Valley Power, Roukema launched a strategic planning effort, effectively mapping out a 10‑year plan that outlines the utility’s strategic initiatives and addresses future challenges the organization may face.
“With over 40 years in the industry, most of it working for public power in management roles, John is truly deserving of our admiration and thanks,” said Northwest Public Power Association Executive Director Scott Corwin.
Roukema’s leadership has enabled Silicon Valley Power to excel in providing safe, reliable service to approximately 55,000 customers throughout the City of Santa Clara. His career has greatly benefited Santa Clara, Silicon Valley Power and the overall public power community.
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is the trademark adopted for use by the not‑for‑profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 120 years. SVP provides power to nearly 55,000 customers, including Intel, Oracle, Levi’s Stadium, Owens Corning, Marvell Semiconductor and NVIDIA, at rates 22 to 48 percent below neighboring communities.
Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power
Lenka Wright, City of Santa Clara