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Feb 24, 2012 18:19
Category: General News

BPA Completes Power Transmission Line Early

     YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Bonneville Power Administration is
celebrating the completion of a new transmission line Friday to
better incorporate wind energy into the Northwest power grid.
     The line runs 79 miles along the Columbia River from McNary Dam
to John Day Dam. It's one of several planned in Washington and
Oregon to get power from wind turbines east of the Cascades to
urban centers on the west side.
     BPA administrator Steve Wright says construction crews finished
the project early and at a savings of nearly $140 million. The
original budget was about $340 million.
     Some are questioning the future of wind development in the
region, after Congress failed to extend a production tax credit on
wind energy. BPA and wind producers also are in a dispute over how
to handle power oversupplies.