Name: Bob Easton, federal employee
Title: Vice President of Transmission Services for CRSP, DSW and RM
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Region: Rocky Mountain
When did you start working with WAPA? I started on June 13, 1983.
What is the most interesting thing you have worked on at WAPA? The past four years on the Mountain West Transmission Group's effort to analyze putting our Loveland Area Projects Transmission and Colorado River Storage Project transmission systems into a joint tariff or full day-two market. We've had seven entities discussing and agreeing on a consensus basis and, so far, no one's left the table.
What do you wish people understood about your job and the work you do? Transmission Services for CRSP, DSW and RMR encompasses the entire WAPA transmission footprint in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and the panhandle of Nebraska.
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn't find on your resume. I had a 29 hand in cribbage on July 28, 2010. My grandfather taught me to play when I was 10. He played that game for over 60 years and never had one. I was so freaked out when I saw what I had that it took me around five minutes to count the thing correctly.
How is what you do tied to WAPA's mission? What I do contributes to open access to our transmission system on a first-come, first-served transparent basis. WAPA has always operated this way, even prior to Order 889, which came out in 1996. The process for requesting, studying and contracting for transmission service is documented in a pro forma transmission tariff that WAPA has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Each transmission provider across the country has a similar tariff, which makes for a consistent process no matter where you are.