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Power System Construction and Maintenance Advisor Will Schnyer deployed to Guam when Typhoon Mangkhut struck the island of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, mere months after being trained as an Emergency Support Function #12 responder.


At a Sept. 19 dedication ceremony in Orem, Utah, WAPA officially welcomed Olmsted Powerplant as the 57th hydropower plant in its system and the newest addition to the Colorado River Storage Project.


What does it mean to be resilient? The newly certified change advisors and several Leadership Emergence and Development Program participants tackled this question during their training July 30 through Aug. 3.


WAPA is reporting 16 measures as green, meaning they are on target. One measure is yellow, and one measure is red.


At WAPA, we are incredibly fortunate to share an environmentally sound mission. What could be more respectable than marketing and transmitting clean, renewable, reliable, cost-based hydroelectric power to Americans throughout the West?


​October 2018 marks the 15th year that DHS is hosting Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme is national cybersecurity is our shared responsibility.


​At this year's innovation challenge, a multi-disciplinary team took the trophy for the new employee dashboard, or NED--an online platform to manage the new-employee onboarding process.


As many as 10,000 European starlings were roosting overnight between October and April at Maxwell Substation, causing power outages and equipment damage. SN biologists found a environment-friendly way to solve the problem.


​​The sixth core value, “Serve like your lights depend on it,” is a personal call to each of us to actively engage every day and do everything we can to ensure WAPA successfully executes its mission to market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable, cost-based federal hydroelectric power and related services.


​WAPA employees found themselves on both sides of an Emergency Support Function #12 training June 19-20, delivering and receiving the training that prepares new ESF-12 recruits to perform their duties effectively.​


WAPA held its annual Inclusion, Innovation and Technology Summit July 17 at the Rocky Mountain regional office in Loveland, Colorado. This was the third event of its kind, and it carried the theme of "Creating a Culture of Innovation."


“Be curious, learn more, do better. Repeat.” This is the core value that most resonates with me on a personal level, and it has been a fundamental blueprint for me during my 33 years with WAPA.


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.

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