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 began construction on portions of the project in late September 2011, anticipating that the line would be completed and energized in winter 2013. The construction schedule has now been changed and portions of the line construction will be delayed to address and complete cultural resource and land acquisition processes. Due to project delays, BPA now estimates that the line will be energized in winter 2014.