DOE names new Western Area Power Administration administrator

The Department of Energy (DOE) chose Mark A. Gabriel to be the new administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in Lakewood, Colorado — one of four power marketing administrations (PMAs) the DOE oversees.

As WAPA’s administrator, Gabriel will be responsible for managing the non-profit federal agency, which delivers power from 57 power plants operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International and Water Commission to the western region of the U.S.

Gabriel has more than two decades of leadership experience in the electric sector and is currently the CEO and president of Power Pundits LLC in Conifer, Colorado, a management consulting firm specializing in the energy industry.

Over the past 24 years, Gabriel has been an executive in the energy industry working to modernize our nation’s critical infrastructure. In his current role as CEO and president of Power Pundits LLC, he has worked across a broad set of industry issues from advanced metering and intelligent infrastructure to advanced generation, gas and oil technology deployments.

Previously, Gabriel was the senior vice president for Black and Veatch Management Consulting, developing industry solutions in the areas of electricity, water, oil and gas and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Black and Veatch, Gabriel oversaw the expansion of Halcrow, a 158-year-old British firm, into its North American energy practice. He has also served as senior vice president for energy with R.W. Beck, a national engineering-based consulting firm, the CEO of Positive Energy Directions, and the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI’s) acting president for EPRI Traditional as well as client relations and global marketing officer, among other industry positions.

While at EPRI, Gabriel led a nationwide collaborative effort, which became known as the Electricity Sector Framework for the Future (ESFF). He is a well-known speaker and writer and his book, “Visions for a Sustainable Energy Future,” won the 2009 Indie Excellence Book Award for Environmental Writing.

WAPA has annual revenues exceeding $1.3 billion and over 1,400 full-time employees. Gabriel will begin serving as administrator April 4, 2013.

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