ABB_id2059
in News Departments > People
print the content item

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has chosen Bill Drummond to replace Steve Wright as the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) administrator.

Drummond will be responsible for managing the 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 currently serves as BPA's deputy administrator - a role he has held since October 2011 - and has worked in the energy industry for over 30 years. In addition to his responsibilities as deputy, he oversaw the agency’s general counsel, as well as its compliance and governance, risk management, internal audit, public affairs, finance, and corporate strategy functions.

Before joining BPA, 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 all Northwest publicly owned utilities.

“The leadership of BPA is critically important because America’s continued global competitiveness 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 DOE 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.”


Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

U.S. Wind Power Installations Surpassed 4.7 GW Last Year, Although China Still Leads

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that U.S. wind installations came back in a big way from a disappointing 2013.


IRS Specifies Performance, Quality Standards For Small Wind Turbines

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidelines creating safety and performance standards for small wind turbines to be eligible for the 30% investment tax credit.


Hot Times North Of The Border: Canada Tops Previous Record For Installed Wind Capacity

For the second consecutive year, Canada's wind market has bested the country's previous mark for new installations.


Report: Policy Uncertainty Fuels Market Exodus As Firms Bolt North American Wind Industry

The global wind energy supply chain has yet to recover from the slump that began in 2013. In fact, many segments are undergoing a transformation, according to market research firm FTI Consulting.


Utilities Deal "Near-Fatal" Blow To Cape Wind: UPDATED

Despite its remarkable resiliency, could this latest setback mean the end for the controversial offshore wind farm?

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015