WAPA's Strategic Roadmap 2024

​​​​Western Area Power Administration published the current version of its Strategic Roadmap 2024 (pdf), titled “Powering the Energy Frontier,” January 2019. The Roadmap was initially published in May 2014. “The Roadmap serves as WAPA’s strategic plan and guides the agency’s actions so we can continue to successfully deliver on our mission, manage resources effectively and operate safely, securely and reliably in a changing world,” said WAPA’s Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel.

WAPA reviews its strategic plan every few years to ensure the agency remains focused on meeting customers’ needs, aligned with DOE goals and responsive to industry change. A strategic plan is both a living document, flexible to adapt to continuously evolving conditions, and a source of continuity that provides a long-term vision of our role with customers, in industry and within the federal government.

The Roadmap is one of four interrelated and complementary initiatives designed to promote a sustainable and relevant WAPA in the new energy frontier. The other three relate to asset management, sustainable funding and human capital management and are described in WAPA’s State of the Assets report.

The Roadmap identifies four Critical P​athwa​ys WAPA wants to achieve in the next 10 years:

  • Business, Technology and Organizational Excellence: Expanding on organizational excellence by applying knowledge, technology, innovation and engaging internal and external partners to optimize operational effectiveness.
  • Mutually Beneficial Partnerships: Building and sustaining productive relationships that enhance trust, operational effectiveness and business opportunities for all parties.
  • Evolution of Services: Evolving WAPA’s power and transmission services in response to the needs of a diverse customer base and the demands of a changing industry and technology environment through operational excellence and the application of cost containment and proper cost allocation principles.
  • Powering the Energy Frontier: Provide premier power and transmission services to our customers by applying business, technology and organizational excellence; building mutually beneficial partnerships; and enhancing the nation’s economic security and stability.

WAPA will also remain committed to its mission: Market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable, cost-based federal hydroelectric power and related services.


The Tactical Action Plan (pdf), identifies the specific goals and initiatives WAPA will focus on to make progress towards Strategic Roadmap 2024 over the next two to three years. It connects the mission and Roadmap to day-to-day activities and helps WAPA staff focus time and resources on those activities that bring the most value to the agency and our customers. Accompanying the Roadmap are four Strategic Target Areas (pdf) that serve as WAPA’s priorities and areas of focus for the next two to three years. These areas include:

  • Mission-Critical Customer Services in Evolving Industry: In an evolving and transforming electric utility industry, WAPA will continue to evaluate, enhance and improve the services it provides to preference power and transmission customers.
    • OUTCOME: The value of WAPA’s cost-based power, transmission and related services is enhanced in a transforming industry.
  • Grid Resilience: WAPA will strengthen its capabilities in physical security and cybersecurity and improve its response to events to enhance the reliability, security and safety of WAPA’s assets and the nation’s electric grid as a whole.
    • OUTCOME: Disruptions from natural, physical and cyber threats are prevented when possible, and services are restored quickly when disruptions occur.
  • Asset Management 2.0: WAPA will leverage its data to support a more resilient and reliable electrical system. For physical assets, WAPA will build on its existing Asset Management platform by adding new asset classes to its catalog and employing the data to provide greater insight into budget development, capital plans, financial forecasting and strategic sourcing. WAPA will improve the use of its data through enhanced tools, skill sets and management.
    • OUTCOME: Data-driven insight into maintenance, budgeting and business decisions.
  • People and Organization: WAPA will actively support the continuous development of its employees and organization to improve mission execution, industry alignment and workforce sustainability.
    • OUTCOME: An engaged, high-performing workforce driving improved business operations.
  • Strategic Enablers: Strategic Enablers are designed to capture those foundational areas and activities that are embedded across all Strategic Target Areas. In 2019 Inclusion and Diversity was added to the Strategic Enablers. This addition represents the importance WAPA places on encouraging different perspectives in the workplace. Diversity of thought and experience will make WAPA stronger and more resilient as it navigates the many changes in the industry. Strategic Enablers include:
    • Safety
    • Communication
    • Inclusion and Diversity
    • Partnership and Innovation

Last modified on April 24th, 2024