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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Federal workers say they are trying their best to keep the water flowing and the power going at Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge despite the wildfires.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Several uncontrolled wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge burning near Bonneville Dam are challenging the Bonneville Power Administration.

Energy Northwest

A failed energy substation caused the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant to have to power down Sunday. Bonneville Power Administration officials are still investigating why it went offline, but it might be related to very cold weather.

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The U.S. Department of Energy says the Bonneville Power Administration can be in charge of hiring new employees again.

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

US Army Corps of Engineers

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

Bonneville is this region's biggest wholesale electricity and transmission provider. 

BPA issued a contrite response to the scathing report from the U.S. Energy Department's inspector general.

BPA's acting administrator Elliot Mainzer says his agency wants to provide "recourse" to the veterans and other job applicants who were "impacted by our flawed hiring practices."

Historic Site, Cave Art Delay Transmission Line

Aug 1, 2013
Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

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.

Bonneville Power Administration

 A top executive at the Northwest's biggest electricity wholesaler defended her agency in front of Congress Thursday.

Bonneville Power Administration chief operating officer Anita Decker and her boss were both placed on indefinite leave last month. This, after the Department of Energy's inspector general found evidence of hiring bias against veterans and retaliation against whistle blowers.

Decker was reinstated for four days this week, just long enough to prepare testimony for the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

Bonneville Power Administration

The plot thickened Thursday in the hiring scandal that's enveloped the Bonneville Power Administration. One of the two top executives who was suspended last month told her side of story in public for the first time. 

BPA Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker testified reluctantly but voluntarily to the U.S. House Oversight Committee.