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January 27, 2014

Elliot Mainzer Officially Named Administrator of BPA

Today, the Department of Energy announced that Elliot Mainzer would officially take over as the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration. Renewable Northwest Project commends the DOE for its decision and moving the agency forward under Mainzer's leadership. Naming Mainzer the official BPA Administrator is the first step in moving past the recent upheaval over the BPA hiring practices and beginning to focus on the many important energy and environment issues before the agency.


"Elliot is a very capable leader with firm understanding and experience of both policy and technical issues before the region.  We look forward to working with him on our efforts to expand renewable energy development in the Northwest," stated Rachel Shimshak, executive director of Renewable Northwest Project.


"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," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a news release. "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."


Mainzer has been with BPA in various capacities over the last 12 years, most recently as the Acting Administrator.

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