Jeff Krupp’s relocation to Hermiston could be considered a power move.
Krupp, 45, moved north from Hayward, California in March to accept a new position as business manager with his longtime employer power-generation company Calpine.
“I’ve held all kinds of different management positions in power,” he said. “One area that was the weakest was finance. When the opportunity came up, it was a way for me to hone that skill.”
Krupp had lived in California for about 17 years, but is happy to be in Eastern Oregon.
“I love it here,” he said. “I wish there was more trees, but I think the community is something to be proud of. People are nice, they stick together.”
Though Krupp now handles the day-to-day financial operations for Calpine’s Hermiston Power Project facility, he has a long history with the company.
“I’ve worked in turbine controls, all the way up through high-voltage electricity, power distribution,” he said. “I’ve had maintenance manager and operation manager roles through different plants.”
Born in Nevada, Krupp served four years of active duty in the Navy and two more in the reserves. He was largely stationed in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
After his service, he was enrolled in a college class where his lab partner mentioned that a power plant was hiring. He started working there, the beginning of a long career in power.
As Krupp walks around the Calpine facility on Simplot Road in Stanfield he explains various facets of power generation.
“That big jet engine sucks in air, kind of like what an airplane would do,” he said.
The exhaust, which reaches about 1,100 degrees, goes through a steam generator. Steam is run through a steam turbine to make electricity.
Once they get power onto the grid, it is sent via a transmission line to the switchyard at the McNary Dam, from which it is distributed across the state, or to Washington or California. The facility is one of two natural gas plants in the Hermiston area, with the Hermiston Generating Project about three miles to its west.
Krupp has an adventurous streak, counting skiing and water sports among his hobbies. In his spare time, he has purchased an old house in Hermiston and is busy remodeling it.
This winter, he had a unique skiing experience. He traveled to Lake Louise in Canada, where he was a volunteer worker at the World Cup, an Olympic-qualifying event for skiers.
He was there for over a week, with a few other people from Hermiston, building and maintaining the courses, and providing support wherever it was necessary.
Krupp said he applied to volunteer at the event, and is eager to do it again.
“You’re on the course, so you have some of the best views of the races,” he said. “And the people doing this — the volunteers — are really neat people. They’re from all over the world ... just an incredible array of people.”
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