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. Project work was suspended in fall 2013 because of cultural resources concerns. To address these cultural resource issues, BPA will continue working closely with representatives at the state, tribal and federal level; trained cultural resource monitors will be on site during all construction activities. BPA estimates construction will be completed and the line energized in November 2015.