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BPA History Page

Created by an act of Congress in 1937, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is a federal non-profit agency based in the Pacific Northwest.  As part of the U.S. Department of Energy, BPA markets electric power from the Bonneville Dam and markets wholesale electrical power from thirty-one federal hydro projects along the Columbia River to and provides power to eight western states:  Oregon, California, Idaho, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.  The fourth largest river on the continent, the Columbia generates more power than any other river in North America. 

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