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Mark A. Gabriel is new administrator at Western Area Power Administration


From the April 5, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 5, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
Mark A. Gabriel started a new job yesterday as the administrator of the Western Area Power Administration in Lakewood, Colo., one of four power marketing administrations overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Gabriel, who has more than two decades of leadership experience in the electric sector, will be responsible for managing the federal agency, which delivers power from 57 power plants in the West operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Gabriel comes to WAPA from Power Pundits LLC in Conifer, Colo., a management consulting firm specializing in the energy industry, where he was CEO and president.  

"The Western Area Power Administration is truly fortunate to have Mark Gabriel as its new administrator," said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. "Mark has an impressive record throughout his long and distinguished career in the energy sector, and I am confident in his ability to provide outstanding leadership and service to WAPA’s customers, stakeholders and employees." 

"I am grateful for this opportunity to lead the Western Area Power Administration," said Gabriel.  "In my years working in the energy sector, I’ve witnessed firsthand the importance of reliable and affordable electricity. We have a unique opportunity to help strengthen our infrastructure while increasing the security and reliability of the grid." 

Over the past 24 years, Gabriel has worked to modernize the nation’s infrastructure, DOE said.  As head of Power Pundits, he "worked across a broad set of industry issues from advanced metering and intelligent infrastructure to advanced generation, gas and oil technology deployments," DOE said.

Previously, Gabriel was the senior vice president for Black and Veatch Management Consulting, working in the areas of electricity, water, oil and gas, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Black and Veatch, he oversaw the expansion of Halcrow, a 158-year-old British firm, into its North American energy practice. He also has been senior vice president for energy with R.W. Beck, a national engineering-based consulting firm; the CEO of Positive Energy Directions; and the Electric Power Research Institute’s acting president. While at EPRI, Gabriel led a nationwide collaborative effort, the Electricity Sector Framework for the Future. His book, Visions for a Sustainable Energy Future, won the 2009 Indie Excellence Book Award for environmental writing. 

WAPA has annual revenues exceeding $1.3 billion and more than 1,400 full-time employees.

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