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​Many female leaders of WAPA did not initially seek to become frontrunners. Through learning and growing in their profession, they have found their passion to help others reach empowerment.


​On April 10, Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel announced that nine WAPA employees were selected to receive the Gears of Government Award.

Western Area Power Administration has published its fiscal year 2018 almanac titled Value of Asset Management.
​Every year brings new needs due to changing technology, standards and certification requirements. The EPTC is responding by partnering with other training organizations to expand course offerings and has recently adopted a fresh, new logo to symbolize that growth.

There are as many ways for a community to benefit from clean, cost-based hydropower as there are communities WAPA serves. Figuring out how to deliver those benefits to unique customers can pose a challenge but ultimately lead to creative, flexible strategies


For six years I have had the sincere honor of serving as the administrator and CEO of Western Area Power Administration. It has been a time of both great opportunities and challenges for the organization as a whole, and I am proud of what we have achieved together.


In early December 2018, employees energized WAPA's first-ever variable shunt reactors in two northern California substations to alleviate and stabilize potentially damaging voltage conditions along sections of Sierra Nevada's 230-kilovolt lines.


To remain relevant in an ever-changing industry, WAPA must change its approach to problem solving, ensuring everyone is aligned and engaged in the effort. This is the driving force behind the refreshed Tactical Action Plan


Recently, WAPA collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute to develop a new protective device for live-line maintenance called a portable protective arrester. This device is expected to improve versatility and better transient overvoltage control. 


For Q1, WAPA is reporting 13 measures as green, meaning the target has been met. Four measures are yellow, meaning they are slightly off target, and one measure is red, meaning it is significantly off target. 


On Oct. 24, 2018, Category 5 Super Typhoon Yutu, tied for 2018’s strongest storm, struck the Northern Mariana Islands. Two WAPA employees deployed in the storm’s aftermath to support power restoration.


WAPA's actual generation was 107 percent of average in water year 2018, for a total generation of 27,308 gigawatt-hours. For the same period, total purchased power was 1,982 GWh with actual purchase power expenses of $53,834,864, which equates to $27.16 per megawatt-hour.


Years of planning and months of hard work came to fruition in the closing weeks of 2018 when the Desert Southwest region energized the Hassayampa Switching Station, a major upgrade to WAPA's relay and communication systems.


The newly formed Extended Leadership Team, or XLT, kicked off the new year by holding its first formal meeting Jan. 8-9 at the Desert Southwest office in Phoenix, Arizona.


Spectrum management—regulating the use of radio frequencies to promote efficient allocation—is critical to WAPA’s core mission.


​In October, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the razorback sucker was proposed for downlisting, the second such announcement for endangered Colorado River fish species in 2018. 


​We told a lot of stories in 2018. Check out the top 10. 


​Six storms between June 28 and July 10 damaged 10 transmission lines in North Dakota and Montana. Crews had to mobilize quickly to restore power before the next storm hit.

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