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NEWS RELEASE: Westview High School takes the fifth...championship trophy - 02/10/18

PR 2-18
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 10, 2018
CONTACT: Michelle Helms, 503-230-5272

Westview High School takes the fifth...championship trophy

Portland, Ore. -- Two Westview High School teams faced off in the final round of the 27th
Annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl. Westview 1 went undefeated during the double-elimination tournament taking first place over Westview 2. This is the fifth consecutive win for teams from Westview High School. The winning team receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the national finals sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

While Westview 1 moves on to the national competition, they and second and third place finishers, Westview 2 and Sunset High School's Team 1 respectively, all qualify for scholarships from 17 universities and colleges in the Northwest. BPA and their science bowl volunteers have worked over the years to establish partnerships with the schools to offer members of the top three teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

Sixty-two teams from public and private high schools across western Washington and Oregon, competed at the University of Portland in the fast-paced, round-robin competition. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is the largest regional science bowl in the nation. The event challenges students' knowledge in all aspects of science including math, geology, chemistry, physics and environmental science.

On Feb. 3, the BPA Regional Science Bowl 2018 featured competitors from 63 middle schools. Last year's champions from Odle Middle School from Bellevue, Washington, once again came out on top. Two more Washington teams rounded out the top three: Evergreen Middle School from Redmond, and Vancouver's Shahala Middle School.

Since its formation in 1938, BPA has served as an engine of economic prosperity in the Northwest. BPA recently outlined how it will continue to fulfill that role into the future via its BPA 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. One way to do so is supporting development of future talent and leadership within the utility industry. Science Bowl looks to the future as it showcases students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, while encouraging them to become the scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl 2018 was sponsored by the University of Portland, Vernier Software & Technology, and ID Technology.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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BPA hosts 27th annual Regional Science Bowl - 02/08/18

PR 2-18
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
MEDIA ADVISORY: Thursday, February 8, 2018
CONTACT: Michelle Helms, 503-230-5272 or 503-230-5131

BPA hosts 27th annual Regional Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. --Students from Westview High School in Portland are vying for their fifth straight championship at the Bonneville Power Administration's 27th annual Regional Science Bowl. The event challenges students' knowledge in all aspects of science including math, geology, chemistry, physics and environmental science.

Westview joins 63 other teams from public and private high schools across western Washington and Oregon, Feb. 10 at the University of Portland for the fast-paced, round-robin competition. The top team will take an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl.

The BPA supported event is the largest regional science bowl in the nation. The academic event not only showcases students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, it also provides an opportunity to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with 17 universities and colleges in the Northwest to offer members of the top three teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Vernier Software & Technology, and ID Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2018
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon
When: Feb. 10, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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BPA outlines path to support economic prosperity, environmental sustainability in the Northwest - 01/30/18

BPA outlines path to support economic prosperity,
environmental sustainability in the Northwest

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration outlined how it will deliver valuable benefits to the Pacific Northwest in the face of challenging industry dynamics and other risks that could otherwise hinder its commercial performance. The BPA 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, released today, centers on sustaining Bonneville's longstanding vision to be an engine of the region's economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.

"This plan will serve as the reference point for everything we at BPA do over the next five years," said BPA Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Elliot Mainzer. "It all comes down to our commercial success. With that, we can deliver on all of our public responsibilities -- from low rates to environmental stewardship -- which are so vital to the people of the Northwest."

BPA plays a uniquely valuable role in the region through a multi-faceted public service mission, bringing the benefits of reliable, affordable and clean electricity to communities large and small.

But shifting industry dynamics and other risks, such as low wholesale energy prices and changing customer needs, are working against BPA's cost competitiveness and commercial performance. BPA has identified four strategic goals that will address these risks, while also leveraging opportunities presented by evolving markets and technology developments.

1. Strengthen financial health: BPA is taking aggressive actions to manage costs, which will help the agency offer competitive rates; and build financial resiliency to ensure it can withstand market volatility or other disruptive events.

2. Modernize asset and system operations: As the steward of valuable federal assets, BPA is adopting an asset-management approach to extract the highest economic value, while also preparing to operate these assets in evolving markets. This includes taking advantage of new opportunities to maximize revenues and potentially decrease the need for transmission expansion.

3. Provide competitive power products and services: In addition to managing costs and leveraging market opportunities, BPA will invest wisely in energy efficiency and fish and wildlife, and support the Columbia River Treaty modernization, which could support the development of more competitive BPA products and services, among other benefits.

4. Meet transmission customer needs efficiently and responsively. In response to calls for greater clarity on how to access additional transmission service, BPA will standardize and streamline its transmission products, services and processes. The agency will also develop a more flexible, scalable, economical and operationally efficient approach to meeting customers' needs, consistent with the commitment BPA made when it decided in 2017 not to build the estimated $1.2 billion I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project.

BPA developed this strategy in response to the needs and interests of its power and transmission customers. The plan also reflects the input of BPA's other valued partners throughout the region.

"I am incredibly grateful to the many people -- customers, tribes, federal and state agencies, public interest organizations and other key partners -- who contributed to this strategic plan and share a common interest in Bonneville's success," Mainzer said.

Copies of the plan are available at www.bpa.gov/StrategicPlan.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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