Spiker named senior advisor for hydropower at Bureau of Reclamation

Estevan Lopez, commissioner of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, has named Max Spiker senior advisor for hydropower and electric reliability officer.

In this position, Spiker will coordinate implementation of corporate partnership efforts involving Reclamation’s power functions and serve as the liaison on intergovernmental initiatives associated with hydropower delivery. He also will be responsible for Reclamation’s overall compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Mandatory Bulk Electric System Reliability Standards and will coordinate activities in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, Western Area Power Administration and Tennessee Valley Authority.

“The availability of hydropower from Reclamation facilities is key to the stability of the electric transmission system in the Western United States and supports the development of renewable energy throughout the West,” Lopez said. “Max’s extensive experience from all levels of power operations and management, including working collaboratively with Reclamation’s customers, stakeholders and industry, will be a great asset to Reclamation as it ensures the reliable generation of clean renewable electricity into the future.”

Spiker replaces Kerry McCalman, who retired from the position earlier this year.

Spiker has more than 28 years of experience with Reclamation. He has been power resources manager since 2013 – managing Reclamation’s hydropower operation and maintenance, reliability compliance and renewable energy programs. He previously was operation and maintenance program manager in the Power Resources Office; mechanical journeyman at Hoover Dam; facility manager at Green Mountain Dam, Estes Lake and Marys Lake power plants; facility manager of the Colorado-Big Thompson project; and power manager of the Upper Colorado Region.

Reclamation is the second largest generator of hydropower in the U.S. Its 53 power plants generate an average of 40 billion kWh annually.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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