DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration administrator

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Elliot Mainzer has been appointed administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), effective January 28.

As one of four power marketing administrations within the DOE, BPA markets hydropower from the Federal Columbia River Power System. BPA also owns and operates most of the surrounding power grid, transmitting renewable and other energy resources to the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Mainzer currently serves as BPA’s acting administrator and has worked in the energy industry for more than 16 years.

“The Bonneville Power Administration is vitally important to serving the energy needs of the Pacific Northwest and contributes greatly to the Energy Department’s mission. Elliot Mainzer has the proven experience to lead BPA during this important time and I look forward to working with him to serve BPA’s customers, constituents and employees in the months and years to come,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Mainzer was appointed acting deputy administrator in February 2013 and appointed acting administrator in July 2013.  He has been with BPA since 2002 and has held a variety of other management positions within BPA’s power, transmission and corporate organizations, including trading floor manager, manager of transmission policy and strategy and executive vice president of corporate strategy.

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