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John Wellschlager credited with inking deal with PGE that benefits customers, counters shortfall

Oregon City resident John Wellschlager recently was givJohn Wellschlager en Bonneville Power Administration's 2019 Workplace or Technology Innovation Award.

The annual program honors employees and members of the public whose "innovation, initiative, superior service or courageous acts have made exceptional contributions to BPA's mission, the electric utility industry or the local community."

Wellschlager is an account executive on BPA's trading floor, where the agency markets power to purchasers across the region. He was recognized for his innovative approaches to energy product development and leveraging BPA's flexible, carbon-free hydropower resources.

His accomplishments include a groundbreaking deal with Portland General Electric in 2018 that will help the utility meet projected capacity shortfalls and benefit BPA ratepayers and the region.

BPA administrator Elliot Mainzer presented Wellschlager and other employees with awards April 17 at BPA's Portland headquarters.

"These individuals are truly making a difference for the people of the Northwest," Mainzer said. "They work tirelessly in support of BPA's strategic goals, making our agency more competitive and responsive to customer needs, and modernizing our assets and operations so that we can deliver on our public responsibilities through a commercially successful business."

Wellschlager is a 1985 graduate of the University of Oregon. He also graduated from Portland State University with a mechanical engineering degree in 1987.


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