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8/20/2018

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

7/19/2018

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.

7/16/2018

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

7/11/2018
On April 17, the Desert Southwest Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Committee hosted Native American Observance: A Celebration of Heritage.​
7/9/2018

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.

6/6/2018

​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.

6/1/2018

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.

5/25/2018

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

5/24/2018

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

5/17/2018

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

5/15/2018

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

5/9/2018

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.

5/2/2018

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.

5/1/2018

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. 

3/30/2018

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.

3/29/2018

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.

3/26/2018

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

2/27/2018

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

2/17/2018

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. ​

2/17/2018

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

1/17/2018

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

1/17/2018

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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