BPA’s utility customers, constituents and the region are relying on the federal power and transmission systems to support economic growth in the face of considerable challenges, changes and complexities.Administrator and Chief Executive Officer John Hairston
“BPA’s utility customers, constituents and the region are relying on the federal power and transmission systems to support economic growth in the face of considerable challenges, changes and complexities,” said Administrator and Chief Executive Officer John Hairston.
“Our clean energy future requires investments that enable the integration of more renewable resources, enhance the reliability and resilience of our electric grid, support greater electrification across multiple sectors, and continues our commitments to environmental stewardship. This 5-year strategic plan articulates how Bonneville will move the region forward in an operationally, economically and environmentally sound manner.”
BPA plays a uniquely valuable role in the region through a multi-faceted public service mission, bringing the benefits of reliable, affordable and clean electricity to communities large and small. BPA is prepared to continue this legacy as new and emerging reliability and security risks challenge the grid. Key considerations are the impacts of extreme weather, wildfires, cyber and physical attacks and the integration of more variable energy resources.
To address these risks while building on the successes and progress from its 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, BPA has identified six strategic goals: invest in people, enhance the value of products and service, sustain financial strength, mature asset management, preserve safe and reliable system operations, and modernize business systems and processes.
We put ‘invest in people’ first for a reason: To ensure our workforce has the critical skills to lead this transformation and that we continue to foster a safe, healthy and positive work environment that contributes to employee wellness, engagement, job satisfaction and positive results,” said Hairston. “Our strategy also recognizes the importance of partnership. It’s going to take all of us working together – customers, tribes, federal and state agencies, public interest organizations and more – to sustain BPA’s vital role in the Pacific Northwest and shape an even brighter future powered by clean energy.”
Hairston added, “We are coming from a place of financial strength, with competitive rates, ample liquidity and access to capital, and the tools to sustain this financial foundation on which we can achieve our other goals as the region’s leading clean energy and transmission provider.”
You can find BPA’s 2024-2028 Strategic Plan at: www.bpa.gov/strategy. Click here to watch a 6-minute video that highlights some of the key elements of BPA’s new strategic plan.
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BPA energy efficiency engineer Tony Koch spoke to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and represented BPA’s efforts to improve EE in multi-family residential and commercial domestic hot water heating.
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