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For two decades, the CRSP MC Marketing office has sponsored the development of a model with an interesting name: Generation and Transmission Maximization, or the GTMax.


​The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a change of workplace for a number of WAPA employees, with many working from home to protect them from viral circulation in the office. ​


In January, construction began at Lingle Substation in Goshen County, Wyoming. 


Many of us, myself included, are anxious to get back to our routines, back to our offices and back to some sense of normalcy. 


​Like many WAPA employees, I follow social media powerline forums to remain engaged with current industry-related topics. 


​Whatever your role at WAPA, the odds are good that you work with at least a few contract employees. 


The utility industry, like the world, is rapidly changing. 


To varying degrees, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it much more difficult for WAPA employees to meet in person. 


Around two years ago, I started as a biologist in WAPA’s Upper Great Plains region.


Beginning May 1, WAPA and the Bureau of Reclamation, along with other partners, kicked off a third year of “bug flow" experiments on the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. 


The COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing, but WAPA’s dedicated staff is not slowing down. Here is just a small glimpse into their ongoing work keeping the lights on.


In early March, WAPA's Inclusion and Diversity Committee held its Going All-In on Inclusion and Diversity training and its biannual face-to-face meeting.


During the first week in March, Reliability Compliance Management Specialist Al Slucher connected with Vice President of Reliability and Compliance Brent Sessions. ​

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.

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