The Western EIM Governing Body on Aug. 28 elected Anita Decker, former BPA Chief Operating Officer, to serve on the body. Decker, who just retired as executive director of the Northwest Public Power Association, will begin on Sept. 1, filling a vacant seat with a term that ends in June 2020.
Janet Herrin, BPA COO, will retire at the end of the fiscal year in September, Administrator Elliot Mainzer announced July 30. Herrin joined Bonneville in January 2017, after serving with the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., as a senior adviser to the secretary. Before that, she spent 35 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, where she began her career as a civil engineer and advanced to chief administrative officer.
A new 22-kW micro-hydro facility started operations in late August using water from Lake Wallowa, which is fed by a nearby 0.5 cfs spring about 650 feet above the lake. The project will help offset about 85 percent of the power demand of a pump station that provides drinking water for local residences and businesses. The project is a joint effort between Wallowa County, Pacific Power, Wallowa Resources, and the Energy Trust of Oregon. It was funded in part by a $60,000 grant from Pacific Power and an $80,000 incentive from the Energy Trust of Oregon.