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Bill Drummond to head Bonneville Power Administration

From the January 18, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 18, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Bill Drummond is the new administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration. Drummond has been BPA's deputy administrator since October 2011 and has worked in the energy industry for more than 30 years. He will replace the current administrator, Steve Wright, who has led the agency since 2000 and is retiring early next month.

Before joining BPA in the fall of 2011, Drummond was manager of the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative in Missoula, Mont., for 17 years. From 1988 to 1994, he led the Public Power Council, an association of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. During his three decades in the energy industry, he has been a leader on many regional task forces and committees and has served on committees of the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Drummond holds a degree in forestry from the University of Montana and a degree in economics from the University of Arizona. 

The Public Power Council applauded DOE's selection of Drummond for the post. "Bill has decades of experience in the electric utility industry in the Pacific Northwest and has spent the last few years working on issues important to public power as the deputy at BPA," said John Gerstenberger, chairman of the PPC Executive Committee and manager of Hood River Electric Cooperative. 

"Bill brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and even-handed integrity to everything he does," said PPC Executive Director Scott Corwin.

The Energy Department conducted a competitive process under the federal civil service rules to select a new BPA administrator. BPA has annual revenues exceeding $3.2 billion, more than 3,100 full-time employees, and employs approximately 1,500 contractors. 

"The leadership of BPA is critically important because America’s continued global competiveness in the 21st century will be significantly affected by whether we can efficiently produce and distribute electricity to businesses and consumers, seamlessly integrating new technologies and new sources of power," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "I look forward to working with Bill Drummond to help lead BPA’s transition to a more flexible, resilient, and reliable electric grid and establish much greater coordination among system operators in partnership with its customers."

"Bonneville represents the best expression of public vision and achievement; collaborative relationships, environmental stewardship and a commitment to operational excellence," said Drummond. "I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to my new role at BPA."


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