FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2020
CONTACT: Lisa Meiman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-962-7411
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel has named Senior Vice President Tracey LeBeau as the new Desert Southwest regional manager. She officially starts in the position May 10.
“Tracey’s extensive experience in management, financing and developing energy projects will greatly benefit DSW and WAPA as a whole as we transition to a 21st century grid,” said Gabriel. “Tracey has demonstrated time and again her aptitude, knowledge and leadership while on my senior team in other positions, and I am confident she will continue to excel as regional manager.”
As DSW regional manager, LeBeau leads more than 220 federal employees and 130 contractors in marketing and delivering clean, renewable, reliable, cost-based federal hydroelectric power and related services to nearly 70 municipalities, electric cooperatives, federal and state agencies, irrigation districts and Native American tribes in the southwestern United States. Most of the power marketed by DSW is generated at Bureau of Reclamation dams including the Hoover, Parker and Davis dams along the Colorado River. DSW operates more than 40 substations and 3,100 miles of extra-high voltage transmission lines. LeBeau will also continue to lend her leadership to organization functions, including the management of WAPA’s borrowing authority and acquisition management policies and procedures.
“I am pleased to continue service at WAPA and lead a very strong team at DSW,” said LeBeau. “It has been a great experience getting a glimpse at the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead and working with the customers and agency partners. I look forward to continuing to build upon our strategic roadmap at this critical juncture.”
LeBeau has served as acting DSW regional manager since November 2019. Previously, LeBeau stood up and managed WAPA’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, a position she began in April 2018. In that position, she was responsible for WAPA’s internal administrative operations and managing administrative programs functionally critical to WAPA’s mission, including Natural Resources, Procurement, Human Resources, Records Management, Facilities, the Transmission Infrastructure Program and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. LeBeau also served as TIP manager where she oversaw the operations and management of WAPA’s $3.25 billion borrowing authority to support developing critical infrastructure in WAPA’s territory.
Before joining WAPA, LeBeau was director for the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, an applied energy program office that she established after her appointment in January 2011.
LeBeau has more than 15 years of energy investment, startup and energy development experience. She has served in executive capacities for numerous energy businesses throughout her career, including an interstate pipeline, a wind development and investment company, an energy trading business and an energy advisory firm that she owned and cofounded. Just before joining the Department, she was principal at Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, where she led their renewable energy practice. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa.
About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt-hours of clean, renewable power from 57 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.