The Source turns 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2017

CONTACT: David Russell, 720-962-7411, mediarelations@wapa.gov

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Western Area Power Administration is celebrating the anniversary of its external information resource website, The Source. The website is a dedicated resource for WAPA's customers and stakeholders to find operational data and financial information about the administration.

The Source provides a one-stop shop for WAPA's annual reports, budget allocation, presentations and speeches, regional rates and a searchable index of WAPA's power systems called "By the Numbers." An additional key feature is the comment section, which allows customers to make suggestions for site enhancements directly to WAPA. The site recorded 7,700 sessions generated by 3,700 visitors who viewed more than 20,000 pages during the first year.

"Our goal is to be as transparent as possible and to meet customer needs," said WAPA Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel. "Since March of last year, we have been providing an open source for information to our stakeholders. The Source has been a very successful tool for us to communicate with our customers and for us to review feedback on how to improve."

The Source was part of WAPA's organization wide website redesign project, which included a major effort to refresh its public site. Both initiatives share the same drivers: to enhance and expand transparency and improve functionality. Chief Public Affairs Officer Teresa Plant said, "The websites continue to evolve. As part of our mission, we want it to be as easy as possible for our customers and public to have access to key information."

"At WAPA, our core values affirm our commitment to honest actions and foster open communication and feedback," said Gabriel. "We are posting information as quickly as possible. The Source will evolve as users further define what they need."

To learn more about The Source and WAPA, visit the website or contact WAPA's Office of Public Affairs at 720-962-7411.

About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable power from 56 federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Boundary and Water Commission in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at www.wapa.gov.