Western Area Power Administration markets and transmits reliable, cost-based hydroelectric power, and related services. We sell power from 56 hydropower powerplants operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Additionally, Western markets the United States’ 24.3 percent entitlement (547 megawatts) from the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. Current maximum installed capability is 10,504 megawatts.
Western’s service area covers 1.3 million square miles (3.38 million square kilometers). Western’s wholesale power customers provide service to millions of consumers in 15 western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. In addition to our Headquarters Office in Lakewood, Colorado, Western operates and maintains the transmission system from its four regional offices in Billings, Montana; Phoenix, Arizona; Loveland, Colorado; and Folsom, California. We market power from these regions and our CRSP Management Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
During Fiscal Year 2014 (October 2013—September 2014), Western:
- supplied hydroelectric power to 684 wholesale power customers.
- operated and maintained more than 17,100 miles of transmission lines, 320 substations and other related facilities.
- sold 34.1 billion kilowatthours of power, which can power more than 3 million homes and businesses a year.
- employed 1,420 full-time equivalent Federal employees and several hundred contract workers.