Bill Drummond named BPA administrator

Bill Drummond will take over as administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration when Steve Wright retires at the end of January.

The Department of Energy has tapped a 30-year power industry veteran to become the new administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.

Bill Drummond, who is currently BPA's deputy administrator, will move into the top job when Steve Wright retires at the end of January.

Drummond has been deputy administrator since October 2011. Prior to joining BPA, Drummond was manager of the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative, where he spent 17 years. He has also served on many regional energy task forces, including the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Northwest Wind Integration Forum.

“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 Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in a statement.

BPA, a nonprofit, is responsible for marketing power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region's one nuclear plant. The agency also operates most of the surrounding power grid, distributing wind and other energy to the region.

It has a budget of $3.2 billion and employs 3,100.

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