The Land Acquisition Section handled cases on behalf of the Department of Energy, acquiring sites for the construction of transmission lines bringing electricity to public and private utilities in the Pacific Northwest. Congress created the Bonneville Power Administration in 1937 to harness and sell the power from the Bonneville Dam. With more than 15,000 miles of electrical lines and 300 substations, the Bonneville Power Administration provides about 75 percent of the high voltage transmission capacity in the region.
Did you know? Although the Bonneville Power Administration is part of the Department of Energy, it is not funded by taxpayer dollars. BPA is entirely self-funded, recovering all of its operating costs through the sale of its electricity.