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Stampede To The Exit

Stampede To The Exit

In a previous post, we looked at Bonneville Power Administration’s deteriorating financial condition as it struggles with the effects of collapsing ecosystems, declining cash reserves, crushing debt, and rising costs for aging infrastructure amidst rapid changes in regional energy markets. BPA receives no appropriations, and is required to cover expenses through revenues from electricity sales, ...

Return to “Return to the River”

Return to “Return to the River”

The Columbia-Snake river system was one of the world’s most productive salmon fisheries. More than 5,000 miles of high-elevation, cold-water habitat in the Snake River basin offer the best opportunity for restoring abundance. Federal and State fisheries biologists not employed by Bonneville Power, the Army Corps of Engineers, or otherwise censored, as well as a ...

Power Shift

Power Shift

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a division of the Department of Energy, markets power from 31 dams constructed by the federal government as well as one nonfederal nuclear plant. BPA was a New Deal response to the challenges of rural electrification in the mid-1930s, when less than one-third of Pacific Northwest farmers connected to the grid. ...