Who we are
As a self-funding, nonprofit federal power marketing administration within the Department of Energy, BPA covers its costs by selling its products and services. This cost-based model allows BPA to offer affordable power and transmission services that drive the region’s economy.
The federal hydropower system is the Pacific Northwest’s biggest source of clean energy. BPA markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal dams in the Northwest that are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. We also market power from one nonfederal nuclear plant and several small nonfederal power plants. The nonfederal nuclear plant, Columbia Generating Station, is owned and operated by Energy Northwest.
Hydropower is one of the most reliable sources of energy. Plus, BPA operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory. We use industry-leading asset management practices to keep the lights on and restore power quickly if there are interruptions. BPA’s territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
BPA funds regional efforts to mitigate the impacts of the federal dams on the region’s fish and wildlife species.
BPA is committed to careful cost management consistent with its legal obligations, sound business practice and environmental stewardship. For information about BPA’s financial reports, public processes, asset management and more, see our Company Finances page.
Stay up-to-date on the agency's latest news by visiting our Company News page.
BPA: Provider of ChoiceWith BPA's current power sales contracts set to expire in 2028, BPA is working to ensure that current customers' needs are met for post-2028 service. Provider of Choice is the initiative designed to lay the foundation for the development of the policies and contracts BPA will offer its customers to meet their evolving needs and deliver competitively priced power beyond 2028.
Hydropower Flows HereBPA is critical to the Northwest's clean energy future. "Hydropower Flows Here" is an educational effort intended to share information about the various attributes of BPA's renewable, clean, reliable electricity that powers nearly 60% of Northwest homes and businesses.
Environmental initiativesAs neighbors, professionals and fellow stewards of the Pacific Northwest's natural resources, BPA's dedicated staff strive to continually improve the environmental performance of our power, transmission, and fish and wildlife activities.
Today, nearly 3 million people and more than 1.2 million jobs depend on BPA power.