Bonneville Power Administration

hiring scandal
5:21 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Fixing Bonneville Power Hiring Mess a 'Monumental' Task

A final report by the inspector general released Tuesday condemns the Bonneville Power Administration for discriminating against veterans and other applicants during jobs hires. 

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past vs. future
7:01 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line

Four human-like figures were painted here hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.
Mike Taylor CultureWatch Northwest

Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid. It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to build a new transmission line across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year.

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BPA shakeup
11:29 am
Tue July 16, 2013

BPA Shakeup in Wake of Alleged Hiring Misdeeds

There has been a management shakeup at the Bonneville Power Administration. The U.S. Department of Energy replaced BPA's agency head and chief operating officer without explanation.

The move came just before the release Tuesday morning of a damaging inspector general report.

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Renewable Energy
9:31 am
Thu May 19, 2011

BPA turns off NW wind turbines to make way for hydro power

Wind turbines along the Columbia River Gorge near Goldendale, WA., May 12. The BPA shut down many Northwest turbines this week. A cold, wet spring in the headwaters of the Columbia Basin is sending downstream one of the largest spring flows in years.
Rick Bowmer AP

Northwest dam operators turned wind turbines off on Tuesday – putting into practice, a policy established just last week.

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Other News
12:57 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Most lights on again across San Juan Islands

View of the San Juan Islands from Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. The power outage that hit Monday morning is expected to be repaired by 2:30 this afternoon.

KPLU Staff update at 4:32 pm, Monday

The light are on again for more than 9,000 Orcas Power and Light customers in the San Juan Islands. A late morning outage was caused by a problem at a substation operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.

In a short statement from Orcas Power and Light's website:


Power has been restored to all members with the exception of scattered areas of San Juan Island. Outage was caused by equipment failure at the BPA transmission station. 

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