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2022 News Features

11/21/2022Get to know DSW’s new regional managerOn June 19, Jack Murray took the helm as Desert Southwest’s senior vice president and regional manager.
11/14/2022Exceptional employees honoredEvery year, WAPA’s administrator honors standout employees with Exceptional Service Awards.
11/7/2022Enhancing efficiency through robotic solutionsOn Jan. 15, 2020, the General Services Administration published a Robotic Process Automation Program Playbook to assist federal agencies in initiating robotics programs and implementing them into their daily processes.
10/25/2022Arizona storm shines spotlight on WAPA-wide teamwork On July 17, a powerful microburst with 80 mile-per-hour winds uprooted trees, damaged multiple high-voltage transmission lines and flattened a mobile home in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community north of Phoenix, Arizona.
9/29/2022L2I Program participants selectedIn June, Administrator and CEO Tracey LeBeau announced the first participants of WAPA’s Leadership Learning Intensive, or L2I, Program.
9/20/2022Open Mic provides innovative learning eventsThe Open Mic events are still new, and momentum continues to build since their inaugural session in December 2021.
9/15/2022Environmental protection specialist wins Emerging Leader AwardIn May, Environmental Protection Specialist Andrea Severson received the Emerging Leader Award from RMEL in Denver, Colorado.
9/6/2022Electrofishing keeps Green River healthyOn April 25-26, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center staff assisted in the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ biannual trout electrofishing survey of Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam.
8/24/2022WAPA successfully executes BIL funding for purchase powerWAPA s on track to fully expend the $500 million that the organization received from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law .
7/7/2022Get to know UGP’s regional managerIn July 2021, Lloyd Linke assumed the role of senior vice president and Upper Great Plains regional manager.
6/28/2022Crow Tribe right-of-way grant renewal issuedAs a government organization with assets all around the Western U.S., WAPA has the distinct pleasure of working directly with Native American Tribes.
6/23/2022Science Bowls endure as virtual eventsWAPA is a proud supporter of the National Science Bowl and hosts a number of regional events each year.
6/22/2022Celebrate Pride MonthIn June, we celebrate the valuable contributions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer – or LGBTQ+ – community and their allies across America.
6/16/2022New TIP manager shares journey to WAPAIn March, WAPA named Paul Schwabe as senior vice president and Transmission Infrastructure Program manager
6/14/2022Panel discussion spotlights Women of WAPA“The Women of WAPA panel discussion started as a simple idea and just organically came together,” said Equal Employment Manager Charles Montañez.
6/9/2022Employee feedback shapes strategic planChief Strategy Officer Kerry Whitford is working with senior leaders to develop WAPA’s 2030 strategic plan, the successor to Strategic Roadmap 2024.
6/2/2022Craft employees practice winter survival skillsIn March, more than 25 linemen and communication technicians spent one week in a winter survival course, practicing survival skills with only the tools and equipment that they would have with them while patrolling power lines or otherwise working in the f
5/26/2022EPTC, INL host hybrid cybersecurity workshopOn Feb. 23-24, WAPA’s Electric Power Training Center hosted its first-ever hybrid event: the 2022 Cybersecurity in Protective Relaying Workshop.
5/17/2022OEID manager shares progressive career pathOn April 29, 2021, WAPA welcomed Equal Employment Manager Charles Montañez to lead its Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.
5/10/2022Upgrade reveals value of mobile transformersIn September 2021, Rocky Mountain employees placed a mobile transformer into service at Kimball Substation in Kimball County, Nebraska.
5/6/2022Reinvigorating WAPA’s I&D ProgramWAPA has been pursuing a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture for many years.
4/28/2022Get to know WAPA’s CIOIn 2019, Michael Montoya was selected as senior vice president and chief information officer.
4/26/2022Business intelligence: Share insights, show resultsWAPA has massive repositories of data about its assets and operations.
4/12/2022Aviation manager recognized with safety awardThe Department of Energy’s Office of Aviation Management hosts an annual aviation safety award program, intended to promote safe operations and to recognize the top performers in each program.
4/6/2022UGP employee receives MRO HERO AwardIn December, Compliance Manager Mark Buchholz received the Midwest Reliability Organization’s Highly Effective Reliability Organizations Award.
4/4/2022First AEM of year spotlights changeWAPA’s first All-Employee Meeting of 2022 was held Feb. 3.
3/31/2022What to understand during WAPA’s re-entryIt’s an arduous process, moving a heavily remote workforce back into the building, and it is a move that will affect all employees, regardless of telework status.
3/24/2022Lightning strike in DSW leads to fast collaborationOn July 30, 2021, a lightning storm caused damage to Gila Substation in Yuma, Arizona, spurring not only immediate collaboration for a solution, but also a lengthy process of replacement and repair that lasted through early this year.
3/17/2022Reflecting on the benefits of mentoringIn January, Leadership Development launched the WAPA-wide Mentoring Program, welcoming 62 participants in its first cohort.
3/9/2022Summarizing 2021 hydrology conditionsOne of the biggest challenges for hydropower is water variability due to intermittent drought and flooding. By
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