Tour of WAPA-Western Area Power Administration



  This month we have a tour of a facility that keeps a low profile in the region, but has huge influence on moving power throughout the western United States.


Please note the special instructions concerning this tour.

We're one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 56 hydro power plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers  and the International Boundary and Water Commission. We also market power from the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired plant near Page, Ariz. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.


Please note these Special Instructions:


Visitors must be US Citizens to tour the control room.

No personnel working in power marketing are allowed on the visit.

Enter the facility on the East side from Byrd Avenue. Use the speakeer to tell the guard that you are there for the IEEE tour. The guard will open the gate.

After passing through the gate proceed to the right to the building at the north end of the facility.

Please arrive 20 minutes early to check in.

  Date and Time




  • 5555 Crossroads Blvd
  • Loveland, Colorado
  • United States 80537

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  • Starts 10 June 2019 05:19 PM
  • Ends 18 July 2019 01:45 PM
  • All times are America/Denver
  • No Admission Charge
  • Register


6:00 pm Facility Tour and Talk on the facilities mission and scope.