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Watch: A Look Back and A Look Ahead

To commemorate the Northwest’s legacy of clean, affordable hydropower, we invite you to watch and share “BPA Turns 75: A Look Back and A Look Ahead,” a six-part series of short videos that show the history and benefits of delivering power at the lowest cost, as well as the economic, spiritual and cultural impacts of dam construction.


​This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Bonneville Power Administration. On August 20, 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Bonneville Project Act to deliver the massive benefits of Columbia River hydropower — clean, inexpensive electricity — to citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

It was a revolutionary and compassionate idea — to bring down the barriers between the rural poor and dreams of a better life by providing power at the cost of production, rather than for profit.

Since then, much has changed. The Northwest economy has expanded a thousandfold. People use electricity to power gadgets that no one would have dreamed of back in the '30s. What hasn't changed is the source of our power — the mighty waters of the Columbia — and our commitment to the public good.

Today, BPA aspires to continue bringing down the barriers that separate economic success from environmental health in the 21st century.

Power of the River BPA History Book

The continuing legacy of the Bonneville Power Administration in the Pacific Northwest