BPA has decided to construct the Big Eddy-Knight Transmission Project in Wasco County, Oregon and Klickitat County, Washington. This project consists primarily of constructing a new, approximately 28-mile-long, 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and ancillary facilities between BPA’s existing Big Eddy Substation in The Dalles, Oregon, to a proposed new Knight Substation that would be connected to an existing BPA line about 4 miles northwest of Goldendale, Washington.
BPA resumed construction of the Big Eddy-Knight transmission line in June 2014. Construction began on portions of the project in late September 2011, but project work was suspended in fall 2013 because of cultural resources concerns. To address these cultural resource issues, BPA is continuing to work closely with representatives at the state, tribal and federal level; trained cultural resource monitors are on site during all construction activities. BPA estimates the transmission line will be energized in fall 2015 and the fiber portion of the project will be energized in Dec. 2016.