FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2021

CONTACT: Philip Reed,, 720-962-7063

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Western Area Power Administration released its 2021 State of WAPA’s Assets today. Since 2014, this forward-looking document has provided customers with an outline of WAPA’s upcoming capital investments and key initiatives for managing the $5.6 billion asset base entrusted to the organization.

“The extensive size of our enterprise—encompassing more than 117,000 structures, 322 substations, 291 transformers, 661 buildings and 487 communication sites across 1.3 million square miles—requires thoughtful, responsible and informed investment to allocate limited people and dollars where they are needed most,” said WAPA Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel in his opening letter. 

WAPA continues to evolve its services and hone its organizational excellence through mutually beneficial partnerships and disciplined financial management. The document details upcoming construction, repair projects, regional updates, Asset Management initiatives and much more.

The State of WAPA’s Assets is published the first quarter of every calendar year to clearly explain WAPA’s direction and focus for the year. 

“Since 2013, we have overhauled, expanded and created programs and tools designed to collect, compare and analyze the resources and information available to us,” continued Gabriel. “We developed a focused asset management effort to build on the data foundations within WAPA, such as the reliability-centered maintenance program, a cadre of project management professionals and unparalleled field knowledge retained by the best maintenance employees in the business.” 

The document is available on


About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 28,000 gigawatt-hours of clean, renewable power from 57 federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Boundary and Water Commission in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at​.   

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