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.
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. He is currently serving on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Transmission Executive Committee, is a US Board member for CIGRE, serves on the Executive committee of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) SynchroPhasor Project and Member Advisory Committee for Peak Reliability. In addition he is an Advisory to the Engineering Department for Washington State University, Vancouver. Larry is a key leader on BPA’s Technology Innovation Council for smart grid, demand response, and research and development projects.