The Bonneville Power Administration has chosen Joel D. Cook to be its senior vice president of Power Services. Cook begins his new position at BPA’s Portland headquarters June 12.
“Joel is a talented and results driven leader with 25 years of experience in the energy industry,” said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. “His expertise will help BPA continue to meet our statutory obligations and deliver value to our preference customers while adapting to the rapidly changing wholesale electricity market. Joel grew up in Montana, so he is also looking forward to returning to his Northwest roots.”
As senior vice president of Power Services, Cook will be responsible for BPA’s power scheduling functions, energy efficiency, generation asset management, power contracts and rates, power purchases and acquisitions, as well as business relationships with 142 retail utility customers. BPA sells about 30 percent of the electricity consumed in the Northwest.
Annually, BPA’s Power Services business line markets about 11,000 average megawatts of wholesale power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several other small nonfederal power plants, producing revenues of nearly $3 billion per year.
“I am thrilled about working for BPA and being part of the long-term vision and value that the federal assets continue to provide to the Northwest,” said Cook. “Exciting developments are taking place in West Coast energy markets, and I think my years of experience will add value as policies and practices continue to evolve.”
Cook comes to BPA from Talen Energy in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he served as vice president of Retail Marketing and Western Trading. While at Talen Energy, Cook also led the company’s Energy Specialty Contractors and Renewable Energy business units. Talen Energy is the largest independent power producer in the U.S.