Tracey LeBeau named as interim administrator and CEO of WAPA

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on March 12 named Tracey LeBeau as interim Administrator and CEO of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). LeBeau succeeds Mark Gabriel, who is departing after eight years as WAPA Administrator and CEO.

LeBeau most recently served as WAPA’s Senior Vice President and officially starts as interim Administrator and CEO on March 15.

LeBeau brings more than 20 years of executive experience in management, clean energy and infrastructure development, public-private partnerships, utility business operations, and federal program leadership and policy.

The DOE will now undertake a recruitment and selection process for a permanent WAPA Administrator and CEO.

Brighton, Colo.-based cooperative United Power’s Board of Directors recently named Gabriel as President and CEO of the organization effective March 15, 2021.