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Elliot Mainzer sworn in as 15th BPA administrator
2/20/2014 12:00 AM
Elliot Mainzer (left), accompanied by his wife, Margaret, takes the oath of office, which was administered by Randy Roach, BPA executive vice president and general counsel.
Elliot Mainzer became the Bonneville Power Administration’s 15th administrator after taking the oath of office Feb. 20 at BPA headquarters in Portland. More than 500 BPA employees, customers, and regional and tribal leaders packed the GSA Auditorium to watch the swearing-in ceremony, while over 600 employees watched the proceedings by webcast.
Mainzer was congratulated by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who could not attend the event in person. Sen. Wyden’s staffer Jay Ward, Director of Business Outreach, read a
letter of support
at the ceremony.
Randy Roach, BPA executive vice president and general counsel, administered the oath of office. Mainzer had served as acting administrator since July 2013.
After taking the oath of office and receiving a standing ovation, Mainzer spoke for several minutes.
Administrator Elliot Mainzer
“I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity and pleased to serve at such an important and historically significant time for the region,” he said. “And while this is a very meaningful moment for me personally, we are really here today to celebrate the tremendous people and historical legacy of BPA, and the challenges and opportunities that will define our collective future.”
Mainzer took the opportunity to recognize the family, friends and colleagues who have been incredibly supportive throughout his life.
He opened with an internally directed message: “Since the day I assumed the role of acting administrator last July, I could see that we needed to be very focused and disciplined to successfully navigate the troubled waters we faced. Many of you have now heard the top three priorities that I have used to guide BPA during this period: run the business, take care of our people and fix the problems associated with our hiring and personnel practices.”
After describing the significant progress BPA has made on addressing its hiring issues, Mainzer laid out his strategic priorities, including developing a long-term capital investment strategy to maintain and enhance the FCRPS, bringing non-federal sources of balancing capacity and flexibility into BPA operations, partnering with the region to meet fish and wildlife objectives, modernizing the Columbia River Treaty and moving ahead with energy efficiency and demand response programs. He also emphasized the significance of regional efforts to find ways of better coordinating operations and resources, such as the market assessment work with Northwest Power Pool members.
At the conclusion of his 10-minute address, he called on the region to act. “As BPA administrator, I would like all of us within the region to ask that same timeless question: How can we best come together to meet the collective needs of the region in the most reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way possible? If we stay true to our values and continue to focus on collaborative relationships and pragmatic problem-solving, I am confident that we can build a world-class power system for the 21st century.”
Elliot Mainzer Inaugural Talk – February 20, 2014
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