Southwestern Power Administration

July 3, 2017
Wech Named Deputy Administrator, Effective November 2016

Mike Wech, Deputy Administrator

Mike Wech, former Vice President of Southwestern Operations, was selected as the Deputy Administrator of Southwestern in November 2016. This newly created position was part of a re-organization by Southwestern last year to optimize organizational effectiveness.

The re-organization focuses on the following main goals: reduce costs where possible; meet Department of Energy (DOE) objectives; align business functions; and put more focus on activities critical to Southwestern, DOE, and Southwestern’s customers along the three main business lines of Corporate Operations, Power Delivery, and Corporate Compliance.

In his role as Deputy Administrator, Wech will play a key role in meeting these goals. When asked about the re-organization, he states, "By aligning functions under our three main business lines, Southwestern will be able to have our corporate offices all working together to meet our common goals."

A native of Nebraska, Wech’s Electric Utility career began in 1984 working for a private contractor while still in college. In 1989, he began employment with Nebraska Public Power District, where he worked for multiple years in Maintenance and Power System Operations.

He transitioned in 1997 to Federal Service with Western Area Power Administration, working in System Operations before transferring to Southwestern Power Administration in April 2003.

Since 2003, Wech has served at Southwestern in various capacities, as a Power Operations Specialist - System Operations Trainer, Manager for Operations Training, Regulatory Compliance Officer, System Operations Supervisor, and Vice President of Operations.

In his new position, Wech reports directly to Scott Carpenter, Southwestern Administrator, and oversees the Offices of Power Delivery, Corporate Operations, and Corporate Compliance. Wech says, "I am excited to be able to apply my years of technical and industry background to provide guidance on matters related not only to power delivery, but also to corporate operations and compliance."

Scott Carpenter agrees, saying "Southwestern is incredibly fortunate in finding one as skillful as Mike. His 30 years’ experience in the industry in all of his various capacities has given him the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help lead Southwestern into the future."