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Wyden on Energy Department Nominee --
Selling Off Bonneville Power is a Nonstarter

by Staff
My Central Oregon, June 6, 2017

(Larry Davis/New York Times) Power lines belonging to Bonneville Power Administration run through a field of winter wheat. Bonneville hopes to expand transmission capacity with new leverage acquired by the stimulus package. Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today voted against four Trump administration nominees that would have sweeping control over energy costs, future energy infrastructure projects and public lands, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee business meeting.

Wyden said he voted against the nominee to be the deputy secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillete, because Brouillete did not commit to working to keep Bonneville Power Administration in public ownership, in a written answer to a question from Wyden.

In May, Wyden blasted the Trump administration's recent proposal to privatize Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) transmission assets.

"Pacific Northwesterners have fought this battle before and we're going to fight these malicious efforts again. BPA is a key part of Oregon's economic future, and selling most of it off to the highest bidder would strangle the power supply for businesses and stretch the wages of working families in the Northwest," Wyden said. "I cannot support a nominee who won't even say whether he opposes a proposal that would hike energy prices for Northwest customers who have invested in a system that runs successfully on its own."

Wyden also voted against David Bernhardt, the nominee to be the deputy secretary of the Interior Department, citing concerns about his potential conflicts of interest.

Additionally, Wyden voted against two nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In a statement on Monday, he raised concerns about the nominees' commitment to remaining independent in the face of political pressure from the White House on decisions about future energy projects.

Wyden is a senior Democrat and the former chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Related Pages:
BPA Grid Sale Tied to Fantasy Budget by Editorial Board, Spokesman-Review, 6/7/17
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

Wyden on Energy Department Nominee -- Selling Off Bonneville Power is a Nonstarter
My Central Oregon, June 6, 2017

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