DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration chief

“Bonneville represents the best expression of public vision and achievement; collaborative relationships, environmental stewardship and a commitment to operational excellence. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to my new role at BPA,” Drummond said in a statement.

BPA serves electric utility customers in the Pacific Northwest. It is one of four power marketing administrations overseen by DOE.

Drummond has served as BPA deputy administrator since October 2011. Before then, he was manager of the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative in Missoula, Mont., for 17 years.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he is looking forward to working with Drummond.

He added that power marketing administrations like BPA can help lead the way on integrating and using new electric grid technologies.

“The leadership of BPA is critically important because America’s continued global competitiveness in the 21st century will be significantly affected by whether we can efficiently produce and distribute electricity to businesses and consumers, seamlessly integrating new technologies and new sources of power,” Chu said in a statement.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenScrutiny ramps up over Commerce secretary's stock moves Hillicon Valley: Justices require warrants for cellphone location data | Amazon employees protest facial recognition tech sales | Uber driver in fatal crash was streaming Hulu | SpaceX gets contract to launch spy satellite On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Supreme Court allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers | Judge finds consumer bureau structure unconstitutional | Banks clear Fed stress tests MORE (D-Ore.) said he had faith Chu made the right pick.

“I am confident that the Secretary has selected a qualified candidate in Bill Drummond. Bill clearly knows a lot about the job he is stepping into as a result of his service as the current deputy administrator at BPA,” Wyden said in a Thursday statement.