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​WAPA’s Continuous Process Improvement Program continues to see increasing returns as it adds to and improves the efficiency of the organization.


​The Rocky Mountain region is participating in a pilot program designed to meet swings in generation within the Western Area Colorado-Missouri, or WACM, Balancing Authority. 


​On July 7, Desert Southwest vegetation management crews set to work on an interim Integrated Vegetation Management project along the Navajo-to-Long House Valley 230-kilovolt transmission line in Arizona. 


​The Colorado River Storage Project Management Center and the Desert Southwest region have embarked on a joint initiative with their customers to explore the feasibility and desire for a combined transmission rate across their footprints.


Scientists call it “Solar Cycle 25,” and WAPA is getting ready for it.


​In mid-August, the Rocky Mountain Power Marketing and Operations Center in Loveland, Colorado, got an upgrade to its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. 


​At the second Inclusion, Innovation and Technology Summit in May 2017, the I2T Committee debuted an interactive component of the event: The Innovation Challenge.


This year, Public Affairs’ annual photo contest had a special theme: facemasks. 


​For data to be a strategic asset—a target area of WAPA’s Tactical Action Plan—it needs to be stored and managed in a way that maximizes consistency, accuracy and availability for different applications. 


​On Aug. 27, WAPA hosted its third COVID-19 virtual town hall event, providing updates on the pandemic to employees across the organization's 15-state footprint and giving them a forum for having their questions answered.


​The California Independent System Operator knew they had a problem; it was one they had been predicting for at least a year.


​In late July, field employees from Desert Southwest donned their masks to rebuild a breaker at Glen Canyon Substation in Arizona. 


​All WAPA employees have had to adapt to a new working environment due to COVID-19. The Inclusion, Innovation and Technology team is no exception.


​A new effort is underway at WAPA to help supervisors and managers balance staff and organization priorities. 


​When I started as a biologist in Upper Great Plains, I was challenged to develop a regionwide biological strategy, similar to that which had been created for archaeology resources. 


​Electrical Engineer Gary Zevenbergen and Information Technology Specialist Tom Howard worked together to automate and streamline the production of more than half of one of WAPA’s important safety publications, reducing one person’s time investment from 250 hours to less than 10.


​In June, WAPA selected a new vendor to provide supervisory control and data acquisition and energy management system, or SCADA/EMS, software to all of WAPA's regions.


On July 22, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity and Southwestern Power Administration, WAPA published a report exploring the feasibility of leasing currently unlit fiber optic strands, also known as “dark" fiber, to the power marketing administrations' customers or third parties.


​In July, five WAPA employees were selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s Leadership Development Program, sponsored by the University of Maryland. 


​In February, WAPA launched its Leadership Development Program. 


​In late June, Electrical Engineer Jackie Brusoe received the Emerging Leader Award from RMEL – formerly the Rocky Mountain Electrical League – in Denver, Colorado. 


Every year, Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel honors standout employees with Exceptional Service Awards.

WAPA-hosted event team wins Science Bowl Preston Middle School, winner of the WAPA-hosted Colorado Regional Middle School Science Bowl, took their science acuity to the National Science Bowl on June 5 and emerged as the national middle school champions.​


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. 

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