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DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration head

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The U.S. Department of Energy named Elliot Mainzer the new Administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration earlier today.

Mainzer replaces Bill Drummond, who was placed on administrative leave July 15 of this past year before the release of an investigation of BPA by the Department of Energy’s Inspector General.

The 16-year energy industry veteran was named BPA’s Acting Administrator during Drummond’s absence, after being named Deputy Administrator in February 2013.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead BPA during this challenging and historic time for the region,” Mainzer said. “I am excited to work with our employees, customers and constituents, state, local and tribal governments, and the northwest congressional delegation to meet the energy and environmental challenges facing the northwest and position BPA to continue to deliver value to the region well into the future.”

Mainzer has held a number of management positions within BPA’s Power, Transmission and Corporate organizations since joining the agency in 2002, including trading floor manager, manager of Transmission Policy and Strategy, and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy.

“Elliot has both the expertise and the commitment to serve the northwest region well, and I want to thank him for his tremendous leadership and achievements over the past 12 years at BPA,” Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman said. “The Energy Department — and BPA’s customers — are fortunate that Elliot will lead BPA as it continues its historic leaderhip role on energy and environmental issues.”

Mainzer led BPA’s strategic planning and asset management programs, and provided policy direction for BPA’s work on renewable resource integration and technology innovation. He has also provided leadership and coordination of significant regional initiatives, including the Northwest Wind Integration Action Plan in 2007, the Northwest Power Pool Members’ Market Assessment and Coordination Initiative and, as Acting Administrator, served as Chair of the U.S. Entity for the Columbia River Treaty.

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