Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Energy.
BPA markets about 40 percent of the electric power used in the Northwest, the bulk of which is clean renewable power from federal hydropower dams. BPA also owns and operates about three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid.
BPA is a self-funding agency, covering its expenses through the sale of power and transmission services. Customers include publicly owned and investor-owned utilities, some large industries and sister utilities in Canada and the western United States.
The revenues help BPA fulfill public responsibilities that include low-cost and reliable power and investments in energy conservation and renewable resources.
BPA also funds the region’s efforts to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations in the Columbia River Basin. BPA is charged with acquiring energy efficiency/conservation as the priority resource. To accomplish this, the agency partners with its utility customers to provide regional energy efficiency programs and initiatives.