Western history shapes its future
On Dec. 21, 1977, high gas prices and an emphasis on conservation led Congress to create the Department of Energy, including Western Area Power Administration—a new agency to sell and deliver hydropower across 15 central and western states.
Our nation still has some of these same concerns, as well as new energy industry issues that are cropping up every day. This makes Western's mission of delivering clean, renewable energy all the more crucial to meeting today's energy demands.
Learn more about Western's history and the history of the utility industry:
- Utility industry develops: "Shining light on the utility industry's development"
- 25 years: "Serving the West: Western's First 25 years as a Power Marketing Agency"
- 30 years: "Looking back and looking ahead"
- 35 years: "A time of exponential change"