Larry Bekkedahl became the BPA Transmission Services senior vice president in December 2012. Bekkedahl leads an organization that owns and operates nearly 75 percent of the Pacific Northwest’s high-voltage transmission. The system includes more than 15,000 circuit miles of transmission lines that occupy more than 8,500 miles of rights of way across the region.
In July 2012, Bekkedahl was selected as BPA’s deputy senior vice president of Transmission Services. In that position, he oversaw most of the organization’s day-to-day operations. He joined BPA in April 2008 as Transmission Services vice president of Engineering and Technical Services.
Bekkedahl started his career at the Montana Power Co., in 1981 as an engineering assistant. In 1984, he moved to PacifiCorp where he assumed progressively higher levels of responsibility in field operations, including an operations director assignment for a region including Portland, Hood River and Astoria, Ore. He also initiated the first hydro resource development project in the Philippines for the utility. He later spent a year as PacifiCorp’s director of Transmission, Distribution and Telecommunications Planning. In 2001, he joined Clark Public Utilities, where he managed system reliability and served as director of Engineering and Technical Services for approximately seven years.
Bekkedahl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University and has served in exchange positions with utilities in Japan, Southeast Asia and Bangladesh.