Bill Drummond, the deputy Administrator, will succeed Wright in the $179,000-a-year position.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the selection of Drummond on January 16.
Before joining BPA in 2011, Drummond worked for 17 years as manager of the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative in Missoula, Montana.
From 1988 to 1994, he led the Public Power Council, an association of BPA's publicly-owned utility customers in the Pacific Northwest. stakeholders.
In this newsletter, we examine Steve Wrightâ€™s management style as well as his
accomplishments and missed opportunities.
We describe Wrightâ€™s background and how he became administrator.
We summarize the federal court decisions that curbed BPAâ€™s legal authority for the first time in 25 years.
We discuss BPAâ€™s efforts to curtail the production of wind power at certain times of the year -- a controversy that has pitted BPA
against renewable energy developers.
And we summarize the issues that are likely to face Bill Drummond
will face multiple challenges as BPA
's new administrator.
has an opportunity to set a new direction and tone.
The list of issues facing BPA
would no doubt challenge the most seasoned manager.
might accomplish a good deal more than his
predecessor by reaching out to all customers, including BPA
critics, and attempting to resolve problems in a methodical fashion free of favoritism.