Bonneville Looks to Pour
by Andy Giegerich
The Bonneville Power Administration has $5 million to give away to researchers with a few good ideas.
BPA's Office of Technology Innovation is accepting proposals for its 2016 research and development portfolio through March 27. The group wants to uncover "technologies that could increase efficiencies, avoid costs and improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system."
The Portland-based BPA expects to fund between $3 million and $5 million of new research during its next fiscal year.
The group is a nonprofit federal power marketing agency that operates under the U.S. Department of Energy. It sells wholesale renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin and one nuclear plant to more than 140 Northwest utilities.
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