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WAPA seeks comments on draft strategic plan for the next 10 years


From the March 10, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 10, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has published its final draft Strategic Roadmap and Tactical Action Plan, which "defines what Western will look like and what role it will play in the energy industry, with our customers, and within the federal government in 2024," the agency said. WAPA is seeking comments by April 11 on the draft and plans to publish the final Strategic Roadmap in May 2014.

Western "is not changing its mission but exploring how that mission is implemented in a changing world," WAPA Administrator Mark Gabriel said. "We need to ensure Western continues to be able to accomplish its mission and fulfill the needs of our customers and the nation. The mission statement has not changed since 1996, and we intend to stay on the same path."

The plan calls for a case-by-case evaluation of the costs and benefits for Western participation in new or existing energy imbalance markets (EIMs) or regional transmission organizations. A preliminary analysis by Argonne National Laboratory concluded that participation by WAPA in the California Independent System Operator’s EIM would not benefit Western or its customers, the agency said. "However, as various EIMs develop, there will be a need for ongoing monitoring and analysis as conditions change."

More information, including a copy of the plan and a link to an online comment form, is posted on WAPA’s website.

 

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