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Trump administration puts BPA assets back on chopping block

The Trump administration is proposing to sell the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission assets, despite previous assurances from some administration officials that it would be left alone.


Columbia Generating Station shuts down unexpectedly

A nuclear power plant in southeastern Washington shut down unexpectedly Friday.


Outside View: Columbia River treaty a test for Trump

The following editorial appeared in the (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian: Donald Trump’s first year in office was not marked by major foreign policy achievements. But with the new year comes a …


Kalispel Tribe launches electric utility to serve Northern Quest complex in Airway Heights

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has created its own electric utility to serve its expanding casino-hotel complex in Airway Heights.


BPA grid sale tied to fantasy budget

Privatizing the BPA grid would devastate the Northwest economy. And for what? Another budget proposal that isn’t grounded in reality.


Trump proposes in budget to sell off Bonneville Power assets

The transmission system of the Bonneville Power Administration would be sold off under the proposed federal budget for next year released by President Donald Trump’s administration.


Northwest’s only nuclear plant shuts down unexpectedly

The Northwest’s only nuclear power plant shut down unexpectedly shortly before noon on Sunday.


Clark Fork Delta on the mend with $6 million project

CLARK FORK, Idaho – Katherine Cousins motored a small boat through the Clark Fork Delta’s back channels this week, pausing to watch a belted kingfisher swooping over the water near …


B.C. residents push for more-stable reservoir levels as Columbia River Treaty is renegotiated

NAKUSP, British Columba – Crystal and Janet Spicer grew up in a white-frame farmhouse on 60 fertile acres along the Columbia River in Canada. Their father was a local legend …


Residents say Columbia’s dams have affected area families, economy

On a crisp day in March, Charlie Maxfield walked the along the mudflats south of Nakusp, remembering places that were flooded when the reservoir behind Hugh Keenleyside Dam filled. Maxfield’s …


B.C. reservoirs will help aid Northwest during drought

A robust snowpack in British Columbia will help ease drought conditions in the Northwest this summer. Three B.C. reservoirs will release additional water into the Columbia River to help migrating …


Upper Columbia tribes seek to restore river’s salmon runs

For 75 years, tribes along the upper Columbia River have dreamed of restoring salmon above Grand Coulee Dam. Now, they’re planning an initial study of what it would take to …


Bull trout protection plan worries boaters on Lake Pend Oreille

Dennis Hall spent Saturday afternoon on Lake Pend Oreille, launching his 28-foot cabin cruiser from Sandpoint and ferrying friends across the lake to dinner. With blue skies and temperatures in …


New Administrator named for BPA

The U.S. Energy Department named a new administrator Monday to run the Bonneville Power Administration after a hiring scandal rocked the federal utility that sells and transmits much of the …


U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas

Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …


U.S. utilities say Columbia River Treaty payments to Canada are excessive

Under terms of a treaty negotiated 50 years ago, the United States sends $250 million to $350 million worth of electricity from Columbia River dams to British Columbia each year. …


BPA sued over flucating levels on Lake Pend Oreille

Subjecting Lake Pend Oreille to fluctuating water levels aimed at increasing downstream power generation will erode shorelines, hurt water quality and destroy valuable wetlands at Idaho’s largest lake, the Idaho …


Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages

Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …


Audit blasts BPA hiring practices

PORTLAND — The U.S. Department of Energy has released a highly critical audit of human resources activities at Bonneville Power Administration, saying the agency’s hiring and promotion practices are ineffective.


Drop in barge use may factor into dam debate

SEATTLE – Four dams on the Lower Snake River essentially managed to turn Lewiston, Idaho, into a port city about 400 miles inland. But some farmers shipping their wheat to …


Ex-BPA chief Wright picked to head Chelan PUD

WENATCHEE — Recently retired Bonneville Power Administration chief Steve Wright is being hired to run the Chelan County Public Utility District in Wenatchee.


BPA adopts new wholesale power rates

SEATTLE — The Bonneville Power Administration has adopted a 9 percent average wholesale power rate increase, as well as an 11 percent spike to transmission rates.


BPA head fired amidst hiring investigation

The newly appointed administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration has been replaced in the midst of an inspector general’s investigation into allegations that veterans were not given proper preference in …


New York getting Spokane-area help

Efforts to restore power in the storm-ravaged New York region are getting a Spokane-area boost. Several utility crews from the Bonneville Power Administration have been sent to Long Island, N.Y. …


Avista says work will cause power outages

Thousands of northern Spokane County Avista customers will experience power losses this week as maintenance is performed on equipment. The Bonneville Power Administration will be working on a substation serving …


Dam treaty to be revisited

Nearly 50 years ago, Canada and the United States shook hands over a groundbreaking accord that altered life in the Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty turned the 1,200-mile-long river and …


BPA, utilities to build $14 million power line

PORTLAND — The Bonneville Power Administration says it signed an agreement Monday with three utilities to build a $14 million high-voltage line in central Washington.


Bonneville Power looks back at 75 years

The Bonneville Power Administration turns 75 this year. It’s an influential though little-known agency that markets power from 31 federal hydropower dams on the Columbia-Snake River system.


Wind, hydro operations create balancing act for regulators

One of the conundrums of wind energy is that the wind doesn’t blow constantly. In the Northwest, most wind farms operate at about 30 percent capacity, which means backup electrical …


Wind power helps keep Maryhill Museum in business

Wind turbines help the Maryhill Museum of Art host eclectic exhibits as diverse as Native American basketry, French fashion, and sculptures and sketches by Auguste Rodin. The museum south of …