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LCRA General Manager Becky Motal announces retirement


From the September 20, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 20, 2013

Becky Motal, general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority in Texas, announced Sept. 18 that she will retire on Dec. 31. She made the announcement after the utility's board voted to accept her resignation. Motal, who became general manager in 2011, ends a 27-year career with LCRA.

The utility is beginning a process to find a new general manager, said LCRA board Chair Tim Timmerman.

Motal’s 26-month tenure occurred during one of the most critical times in LCRA’s 78-year history, the utility said. She became general manager during a severe drought and took steps to protect the region’s dwindling water supply. LCRA has pledged to add 100,000 acre-feet of new water supply by 2017.

"Becky took the reins during what may be the most challenging time ever at LCRA," Timmerman said. "She managed LCRA through a series of crises from devastating wildfires to electric customer disputes to what may be the worst drought on record. I and the rest of the board very much appreciate her service."

LCRA said notable projects under Motal’s leadership include beginning work on a new combined-cycle, state-of-the-art Ferguson power plant in Horseshoe Bay. She also led the completion of the state-mandated Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) transmission lines now bringing wind power from West Texas to major electricity markets in Texas.

Motal started working at LCRA in 1987 and served in a variety of roles from manager of External Affairs and Public Affairs to managing LCRA’s Economic and Financial Planning Department. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and later obtained her law degree and a master of business administration degree from UT.

 

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