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Energy Department Names Elliot Mainzer Bonneville Power Administration Administrator

January 27, 2014 - 12:30pm


WASHINGTON – The Energy Department announced today that Elliot Mainzer has been appointed Administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), effective today. As one of four Power Marketing Administrations within the Department, BPA markets carbon-free hydropower from the Federal Columbia River Power System. BPA also owns and operates most of the surrounding power grid, transmitting renewable and other energy resources to the Pacific Northwest and beyond.   Mainzer currently serves as BPA’s acting administrator and has worked in the energy industry for more than 16 years.

“The Bonneville Power Administration is vitally important to serving the energy needs of the Pacific Northwest and contributes greatly to the Energy Department’s mission. Elliot Mainzer has the proven experience to lead BPA during this important time and I look forward to working with him to serve BPA’s customers, constituents and employees in the months and years to come,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“Elliot has both the expertise and the commitment to serve the Northwest region well, and I want to thank him for his tremendous leadership and achievements over the past 12 years at BPA,” said Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman. “The Energy Department – and BPA’s customers – are fortunate that Elliot will lead BPA as it continues its historic leadership role on energy and environmental issues, serving the Northwest region and the Nation.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead BPA during this challenging and historic time for the region,” Mainzer said.  “I am excited to work with our employees, customers and constituents, state, local and tribal governments, and the Northwest Congressional delegation to meet the energy and environmental challenges facing the Northwest and position BPA to continue to deliver value to the region well into the future.”

Mainzer was appointed acting Deputy Administrator in February 2013 and appointed acting Administrator in July 2013.  He has been with BPA since 2002 and has held a variety of other management positions within BPA’s Power, Transmission and Corporate organizations, including trading floor manager, manager of Transmission Policy and Strategy and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy.

Mainzer led BPA’s strategic planning and asset management programs, and provided policy direction for BPA’s work on renewable resource integration and technology innovation.  He has also provided leadership and coordination of significant regional initiatives, including the Northwest Wind Integration Action Plan in 2007, the Northwest Power Pool Members’ Market Assessment and Coordination Initiative and, as Acting Administrator, served as Chair of the U.S. Entity for the Columbia River Treaty.

Mainzer received an undergraduate degree in Geography from UC Berkeley and master’s degrees in Business and Environmental Studies from Yale University.

He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and twin boys.