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The ongoing pandemic has had a necessary effect on the specific ways in which WAPA accomplishes its mission, but the need for reliable, affordable hydroelectricity continues. 


In late 2019, Peak Reliability Coordinator closed its doors for good, which led some to wonder, what would happen to to Peak’s historical synchrophasor data?


It is astonishing to think how much has changed in our work and personal lives in two short months. 


As Asset Management enters its fifth year as a formal program in 2020, it continues to expand its scope and demonstrate the critical role data plays in managing risk.


On Feb. 21, a group of around 20 ninth-grade students from John F. Kennedy High School in Denver, Colorado, visited WAPA's Electric Power Training Center in Golden for a packed day of discussions, demonstrations and hands-on exercises.


On Feb. 21, Archaeologists Natalie Ortega and Christina Rogers discovered some amazing artifacts while performing field work in Desert Southwest along the Coolidge-to-Oracle transmission line in Arizona. 


​The Upper Great Plains Energy Management and Marketing Office team has completed the first phase of an in-depth job task analysis project. 


In early March, Chief Public Affairs Officer Teresa Waugh announced the selection of the first participants of WAPA’s new Integrated Communications Group.​

In June 2018, engineers Charles Garcia and Cody Neyens examined several steel-lattice structures on the 230-kilovolt transmission line between the North Fork and Rifle substations.


Walking into the WAPA Headquarters 2,555 days ago for the first time, I could never have envisioned the amazing changes, challenges and choices that have transpired.​​​


It should have been a routine day in the field. ​


​On Jan. 13, Archaeologists Natalie Ortega and Nina Rogers were performing field work in Desert Southwest when they found and gathered a number of celebration balloons.


​​WAPA’s leadership programs prepare those who have the desire to seek, to share and to partner. More broadly, they encourage all of the organization’s core values to take root both in the individual and across the organization.​


On Feb. 3-6, leaders from across WAPA braved Colorado’s wintry mix and gathered in Denver for the 2020 Leadership Summit.


​Presenters discussed a wide range of topics​ at 2020's first All-Employee Meeting Jan. 15.


Until recently, the Desert Southwest Maintenance crew at Glen Canyon Substation in Arizona was running out of space. It was a problem that needed to be solved, and it was not a new one.


WAPA has accomplished many things as a result of the inception of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer last year.


​A nephew of a WAPA employee spent two months re-creating the DOE logo out of Legos.​​


WA​PA’s actual generation was 108.9% of average in water year 2019, for a total generation of 28,524 gigawatt-hours. 


The Guiding Outstanding and Accountable Leaders program​ is a mentoring program for new and upcoming leaders.


​WAPA innovation solves grounding safety issue and ergonomic issue at same time. ​


Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel sent his quarterly memo to the Secretary of Energy outlining WAPA’s fiscal year 2019 fourth-quarter performance.

On Nov. 26, Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel submitted a memo to DOE regarding the progress made on WAPA’s fiscal year 2019 goals.


On Nov. 5-6, WAPA and Reclamation hosted the Women in Water & Energy Professional Development Event in Park City, Utah, to support creating inclusive organizations.


In 2019, we focused on “Investing in a Connected Future,” acknowledging that the rapid changes in our industry and society will create a future more connected than ever before.


WAPA successfully completed its transition to new reliability coordinators after more than a year of preparation and testing. 

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