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Company Overview of Bonneville Power Administration

Company Overview

Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency, markets electrical power in the Pacific Northwest. The company markets electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects, 1 nonfederal nuclear plant, and other small nonfederal resources. It also operates and maintains high-voltage transmission grid comprising approximately 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations. The company sells its power to public utility districts, people’s utility districts, cooperatives, tribal utilities, municipalities, and federal customers; investor-owned utilities, other direct-service industries; and marketers and utilities in Canada and the western United States. It sells power in Oregon, Washingt...

905 North East 11th Avenue

Portland, OR 97232

United States

Founded in 1937





Key Executives for Bonneville Power Administration

Chief Executive Officer and Administrator
Age: 47
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology
Acting Executive Vice President and Acting General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Bonneville Power Administration Key Developments

Bonneville Power Administration Names Richard Shaheen as Senior VP of Transmission

Richard Shaheen is the Bonneville Power Administration's new senior vice president of Transmission Services. He takes over after filling the role in an acting capacity since August of this year. Shaheen, who is a licensed Professional Engineer, joined BPA in September 2013 as vice president of BPA's Engineering and Technical Services organization.

Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi America, Ltd. Enter in to Joint Research Agreement with Bonneville Power Administration

Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi America, Ltd. announced an agreement on joint research with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) of the U.S. Department of Energy to continue the development of a grid stabilization system. The goal of the project is to develop and conduct PoC testing of an online demonstration system over the next 21 months, beginning in October, with the cooperation of Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. (CEPCO). CEPCO is one of the major electric utility companies in Japan, with much experience in development and use of a similar comprehensive grid stabilization system. This new research effort will focus on integrating phasor measurement units (PMU) data for tuning and validation of the calculated results. In December 2012, Hitachi was selected by BPA to participate in its fiscal year 2013 Technology Innovation R&D program for a research project entitled, 'Research into Grid Stabilization Systems to Facilitate Introduction of Renewable Energy.' That project was completed in February. The North American electricity market in recent years has seen growing use of renewable energy from sources such as wind and photovoltaic power generation, which produce variable output. The joint research project was prompted by the growing effects that renewable energy may impose on the grid as it becomes a larger proportion of the total power generated. In particular, conventional grid control schemes may not adjust quickly enough as the amount of variable renewable energy grows. Variable renewables can cause fluctuations in voltage, current and frequency, and have the potential to degrade power quality, potentially resulting in major outages. With greater integration of variable renewable energy sources likely in the future, this creates a need to investigate new grid stabilization systems. Based on the concepts developed by Hitachi in the past research project, the new project will use data collected from the grid in real time to conduct PoC testing of the new grid stabilization system as a grid control technology for preventing large outages caused by phenomena such as the flow-on effects of grid faults. The system was developed by combining grid analysis techniques and information technology with PMU, which are widely adopted in the United States. It will be installed at a BPA research facility and operated in parallel with online systems to investigate possible reliability improvements, economic benefits and viability for practical implementation.

Bonneville Power Administration Names Kieran Connolly as Vice President of Generation and Asset Management in Power Services

Kieran Connolly has been named Bonneville Power Administration vice president of Generation and Asset Management in Power Services. Connolly's appointment leaves only one executive position vacant among the five in BPA Power Services. Since April 2007, Connolly has served as BPA manager of Generation Scheduling, which includes hydroelectric duty scheduling of the 31 dams in the Federal Columbia River Power System, day-ahead system planning and policy issues that impact real-time power system operations.

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