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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has appointed Bill Drummond the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) new administrator.

Drummond will be responsible for managing the nonprofit federal agency, which markets carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region's one nuclear plant. BPA also operates most of the surrounding power grid, distributing wind and other energy to the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Drummond has served as the BPA's deputy administrator since October 2011 and has worked in the energy industry for over 30 years. Before joining the BPA, he 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 all Northwest publicly owned utilities.

"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,” says 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.”




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