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WAPA selects Senior Vice President and Desert Southwest Regional Manager

For immediate release: Oct. 2, 2014
Contact: Randy Wilkerson,


Ron Moulton has been named Senior Vice President and Desert Southwest Regional Manager

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Ron Moulton has been named Senior Vice President and Desert Southwest Regional Manager by Western Area Power Administration Administrator Mark Gabriel. Moulton starts his new position in Phoenix, Arizona, Oct.5. He has been acting in this position since April.

"Ron will be a great asset in working with our customers and generating partners to power the energy frontier," said Gabriel. "Ron’s unique skill set of technical excellence, business acumen and ability to bring diverse groups together makes him a great fit to lead our Desert Southwest Region."

Moulton said, "I am honored to face the opportunities and challenges in our rapidly changing industry together with our employees, customers and stakeholders in the Desert Southwest Region."

As Regional Manager, Moulton leads more than 220 Federal employees and 130 contractors in marketing and delivering reliable, cost-based federal hydropower to nearly 70 municipalities, cooperatives, federal and state agencies, and irrigation districts. Most power sold by DSW is generated from power plants operated at Hoover, Parker, and Davis dams. Power is also marketed from hydroelectric projects in the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region and the federal portion of power generated at Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. DSW also operates and maintains more than 40 substations and 3,100 miles (4,950 kilometers) of transmission lines to keep the system running reliably.

Before this position, Moulton was Western’s Power Marketing Advisor, working closely with the regions in areas of policy and advising the Administrator on the broad Power Marketing functions delegated to WAPA. Previously, Moulton had been the Industry Restructuring and Transmission Planning Manager for Rocky Mountain, Desert Southwest and the Colorado River Storage Project Management Center. In this job, he oversaw the planning, marketing, rate-setting and regulatory compliance efforts for the three transmission systems. He also monitored and advised senior management on industry initiatives such as energy imbalance market formation and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders.

Moulton has worked at WAPA since 1988, starting his career as an electrical engineer and project manager at the Colorado River Storage Project Management Center. He has worked his way up through several positions in WAPA, including the DSW and CRSP Transmission Planning Manager and the DSW and CRSP Operations Manager. Finally, Moulton was co-lead of the Joint Outreach Team in 2012 and 2013. Moulton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Utah. 



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