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Larry Bekkedahl named new Senior Vice President of Transmission Services
12/10/2012 1:04 PM
Larry N. Bekkedahl
The Bonneville Power Administration today named Larry N. Bekkedahl the agency’s Transmission Services senior vice president. Bekkedahl, who joined BPA in spring 2008, has more than 30 years of experience working on Northwest electric power operations and issues, most recently as BPA Transmission Services deputy senior vice president.
“Larry has helped BPA manage a growing capital program, which includes an almost unprecedented expansion of our transmission network and several other high-profile projects, since joining BPA almost five years ago,” BPA Administrator Steve Wright said. “His knowledge of Northwest energy issues and experience at every level with a variety of transmission customers in the region will help BPA continue to provide adequate, reliable and safe transmission service to 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 previously served as Transmission Services vice president of Engineering and Technical Services, having joined BPA in April 2008.
“For more than 75 years, BPA transmission has had a rich history as the backbone of the Northwest's electric grid,” Bekkedahl said. “I want to continue that rich tradition, leading the way with new products and services through the use of advanced technologies.”
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.
BPA’s Transmission Services senior vice president supervises four vice president positions in Transmission Services. Bekkedahl will manage vice presidents overseeing engineering and technical services, field services, planning and asset management, and marketing and sales. Bekkedahl takes over as BPA Transmission Services continues to meet challenges including constructing or considering to construct several new high-voltage lines, managing its transmission service requests through a revised Network Open Season process with a proposed new transmission tariff currently under review at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and meeting increasing regulatory requirements.
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