Energy Department appoints new BPA Administrator

Elliot Mainzer has been appointed Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration, effective Monday, the U.S. Energy Department announced on Monday.

Mainzer was appointed as the agency’s acting deputy administrator last February and became acting Administrator in July. That’s when then-BPA Administrator Bill Drummond and Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker were put on administrative leave amid an investigation into discriminatory hiring practices at the agency.

BPA markets hydropower generated from the federal dams on the Columbia River system. It also owns and operates most of the region’s power grid that transmits energy to the Northwest and other regions. Mainzer has been with BPA since 2002 and has held a variety of other management positions within BPA’s power, transmission and corporate sections. He as worked in the energy industry for more than 16 years, the Energy Department said in a news release.

“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 received an undergraduate degree in geography from the University of California — Berkeley and master’s degrees in business and environmental studies from Yale University. He lives in Portland.


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