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House Committee Rejects Sell Off of BPA
Assets Paid for by Northwest Residents

by Annette Cary
Tri-City Herald, July 28, 2017

In this 2010 file photo, power lines from Bonneville Dam head in all directions in North Bonneville, Wash. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) The House Budget Committee has advanced a budget resolution that rejects privatizing the transmission assets of the Bonneville Power Administration, as proposed by the Trump administration.

“Bonneville Power Administration provides affordable electricity service that is essential for our rural communities, and divesting would needlessly jeopardize regional energy markets,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.

Critics of the sell off, which would raise money for the federal government, said assets were paid for by Northwest electricity users. In addition, high-value assets likely would be sold off at a premium and lines that serve rural areas and contribute to the reliability of the electric grid would be abandoned.

Much of the electricity service in the Tri-City area is purchased by local utilities from the BPA.

Newhouse joined 49 Democrats and Republicans writing to the committee’s leadership in June, opposing the sell off of assets.

Related Pages:
Trump Sale of Northwest Grid a Big Loser, Experts say by Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, 6/15/17
Federal BPA Power Grab Would Hurt Region by Editorial Board, Tri-City Herald, 6/7/17
BPA Grid Sale Tied to Fantasy Budget by Editorial Board, Spokesman-Review, 6/7/17
21 U.S. Senators Blast Trump Proposal to Sell BPA Power Grid by Staff, Seattle Times, 6/8/17
Northwest Lawmakers Oppose Selling BPA Transmission Lines by Dameon Pesanti, The Columbian, 6/6/17
Politicians Oppose Privatization of Bonneville Power Administration by News Sources, KOBI 5, 6/5/17
NW Lawmakers Urge President Trump: Don't Sell Off BPA Assets by News Sources, KTVZ, 6/5/17


Annette Cary
House Committee Rejects Sell Off of BPA Assets Paid for by Northwest Residents
Tri-City Herald, July 28, 2017

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