Dan Leon has been employed with South Feather Water and Power Agency since January of 2014. In 2015, he was promoted to Power Division Manager and works under the direction of the General Manager. Dan supervises approximately 20 Power Division personnel who operate and maintain a Power Project that is comprised of two water storage reservoirs, eight dams, conveyance structures, and four hydro-electric generators. Dan has the primary responsibility to operate the Project in a safe and efficient manner, and maintain compliance with the Agency’s existing Federal Energy Regulatory Agency (FERC) license, and requirements as defined by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He is also responsible for the planning, budgeting, and management of Power Division construction and upgrade projects, and he interacts regularly with staff to coordinate operational activities for the Project.
Dan and his wife have been residents of Butte County since 2014. Born in Southern California, Dan received his B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from San Jose State University, and is a California Registered Professional Engineer.
Dan possesses over 25 years of experience in the water and electric utility industry, and has been involved in the engineering and design of power systems, communication networks, SCADA systems, and control systems that are used in hydro-electric facilities, water treatment plants, pumping stations, reservoirs, and dams. He started his career as a service technician where he gained a great deal of hands-on electrical and mechanical experience. After completing his education, Dan worked for many years in the engineering consulting field, where he successfully led teams through the design, construction, commissioning, and closeout phases of projects. More recently, he was employed with the Eugene Water and Electric Board, a water and electric utility located in Eugene, Oregon. There, he worked as the Generation Engineering Supervisor with a team of eight multidisciplinary engineers, and provided engineering oversight for a multitude of capital improvement projects and other assignments. Dan’s recreational interests include day hiking, driving trips, and building electronic circuits.