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BPA Management
5:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Administrator Steps Up To Handle BPA Woes

Elliot Mainzer now helms Bonneville Power Administration
BPA

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 5:32 pm

The region’s largest power marketer has a new permanent top manager.

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Around the Nation
12:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

Four humanlike figures were painted in a cave in Washington hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:25 am

Imagine running power lines through a cathedral. That's how archaeologists describe what the Bonneville Power Administration proposes doing in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state. The federal electricity provider is trying to string a new transmission line near a cave that contains ancient paintings, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.

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NW Historic Site
7:33 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line

Four human-like figures were painted here hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. BPA says it’s committed to preserving culturally sensitive spots and agreed to move the power tower 20 feet away from its original spot when the Yakama Nation brought up concerns over drilling near the cave.
Credit 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. Colin Fogarty begins our story in Wishram, Washington.

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BPA Agreement
6:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

BPA Deal With Alcoa Promises Job Security, Utility Savings

Hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in utility savings are the big benefits of a new power agreement announced Friday in Northwest Washington.

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Sea Lion Lawsuit
5:45 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Lawsuit Seeking To End Sea Lion Killing Moves Ahead

California sea lions consuming salmon just below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam.
U.S. Corps of Engineers

Supporters of an effort to stop the government from killing sea lions at Bonneville Dam made their case to a federal judge in Portland Friday. The animals are targeted because they feed on endangered salmon.

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BPA Chief To Retire
3:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Wright To Retire From BPA

The Grand Coulee Dam, one of the Bonneville Power Administration’s federal hydro projects.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The Bonneville Power Administration’s long-serving chief is stepping down. Steve Wright was the acting BPA administrator in 2000, when the western U.S. was struggling with an energy crisis. He served as permanent head for a decade and now says he’s retiring in January.

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Wind Power Shutdown
6:34 am
Wed May 2, 2012

BPA Shuts Down Wind Farms and Promises Compensation

Wind farms along the Columbia River were asked to shut down for about 10 hours over the weekend. For the second year in a row, spring rain and snowmelt have led to an oversupply of hydropower on the Columbia River. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Sea Lion Killing
4:57 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Tribal Group Claims Sea Lions Munch More Salmon Than Previously Thought

A California sea lion feasts on a salmon.
Photo courtesy of CRITFC

A coalition of tribal groups says sea lions are eating far more salmon along the Columbia River than previously thought. The claim comes in a legal fight over whether wildlife officials should be killing some of the hungry sea lions.

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Northwest News
3:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Federal Watchdog Criticizes BPA's Cyber Security

A report finds the Bonneville Power Administration has major shortcomings with regards to its cyber security and computer systems.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The region’s main electricity wholesaler, the Bonneville Power Administration, has major shortcomings with regards to its cyber security and computer systems. That’s according to a report released today by the Department of Energy’s investigative arm.

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Sea Lion Killing
4:27 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Death Penalty Returns For Bonneville Sea Lions

California sea lion feasts on a salmon.
Photo courtesy of CRITFC Northwest News Network

The federal government has reauthorized the death penalty for the most troublesome California sea lions which congregate at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

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