BPA's Technology Innovation program includes an annual cycle of funding based on BPA's Strategic Plan and complementary power and transmission strategic plans. Technology Innovation's R&D Portfolio objectives match the Strategic Plan goals of strengthening financial health; modernizing assets and operations; supporting competitive power products and services; and meeting Transmission customer needs efficiently and reliably.
During February’s annual Winter Session, the research agenda is established for the coming year’s R&D portfolio. The agenda is informed by internal and external subject matter experts. It is approved by BPA executives based on recommendations of the Technology Innovation Council.
In April, a funding opportunity announcement is posted for new projects. After technical reviews of the proposals, the TI Council recommends projects for inclusion in the following fiscal year’s portfolio.
The projects, which span across various technologies, time horizons, risk/reward profiles, cost concerns and other needs, are expected to produce direct financial benefits to BPA, and through BPA, deliver value to the Northwest electric power system.