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In March, a multifunctional team completed construction on the first-ever variable shunt reactors to be installed at WAPA​ in Sierra Nevada.


On April 7, High Voltage Electrician Randy Hammit saw the fruits of his labors take flight. Hammit, a major in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, participated in an important flight orientation event that he helped to organize.


Of the 24 performance measures being tracked this fiscal year, 18 measured on track in the second quarter of the year. 

On April 17, the Desert Southwest Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Committee hosted Native American Observance: A Celebration of Heritage.​

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in April that the humpback chub, a federally protected fish that lives in the Colorado River, may find its classification downlisted from endangered to threatened within the next year.


​Seeking new ideas, sharing relevant information quickly and acting as one team united in a common mission ensures WAPA remains a premier organization. This importance is spotlighted in one of WAPA’s refreshed core values: Seek. Share. Partner.


During the week of Feb. 12, the Rocky Mountain region completed its mock audit six months ahead of its audit by the Western Electric Coordinating Council.


WAPA's core values have been updated to explicitly​ include safety​.


​WAPA staff have recently improved the reliability of the data they receive from dissolved gas analysis. This process is crucial in determining transformer health. 


Listening to understand does not come naturally to the majority of people. Most of us are not natural empaths. It is a learned behavior. 


To help veterans transition into the workforce, Sierra Nevada hosted WAPA’s first Veterans Success Workshop in Folsom, California, April 4-5. 


The Sierra Nevada Women's Employee Resource Group held its first event on Feb. 1 to promote interest and engagement both within the region and WAPA-wide.


Higher-than-average snowpack and corresponding runoff in Wyoming’s Big Horn River Basin has resulted in surplus hydropower for Loveland Area Projects power customers.


Between May and August this year, Glen Canyon Dam will release steady flows through the Grand Canyon on weekends to determine whether or not stabilizing releases for two days a week will help insects complete their lifecycle and reach maturity downstream. 


For almost three weeks, line crews from multiple regions replaced about 160 structures along the 22-mile Goldmine Tap-to-Knob 161-kilovolt line segment outside Yuma, Arizona.


The Hoover Energy Application officially came online for Hoover contractors on Sept. 29. The application now serves four functions for customers and DSW: forecasting, prescheduling, real-time scheduling and settlements.


​​WAPA's Asset Management team completed health assessments on 493 transmission lines​ nine months ahead of schedule. 


In May 2017, WAPA held its second Inclusion, Innovation and Technology Summit, or I2T Summit, to recognize and celebrate WAPA’s innovators.


Starting Oct. 27, 2017, new faces began 24-hour operations in the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest Dispatch centers, the result of a new North American Electric Reliability Corporation reliability standard that required a real-time assessment of the power system every 30 minutes. ​


One of the biggest challenges for hydropower is water variability due to intermittent drought and flooding. By definition, hydropower needs water to generate electricity. ​


WAPA recently celebrated a milestone anniversary, turning 40 on Dec. 21. This is the perfect time to reflect on our organizational journey. ​


Western Area Power Administration is now 40 years old. Leading up to this milestone, we reflected as an organization on our strategic progress and our people.​

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