Tag Archives: Privatization

Trump abandons Bonneville Power Administration asset sell-off plan

The proposal was widely panned in the Pacific Northwest. The Trump administration has backed off on its proposal to sell the Bonneville Power Administration’s 15,000-mile high-voltage electric transmission system, according to a quartet of Washington state Republicans. Source: Trump abandons Bonneville Power Administration asset sell-off plan – Portland Business Journal

Trump Administration Says It Won’t Sell Off BPA Transmission Lines

The Trump administration has abandoned its bid to sell off the Pacific Northwest’s publicly owned utility transmission lines, according to Republican members of Congress who were briefed on the decision. The plan to privatize the Bonneville Power Administration’s lines had been decried by critics as a move that could also have raised rates for customers. […]
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Walden gains Energy Secretary commitment on BPA privatization

No asset sales without Congressional action. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, last week secured a commitment from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to not sell off assets of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) without Congressional authorization, Walden’s office said in a press statement. During a hearing at the Energy […]
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Perry promises to not sell off BPA assets without Congressional approval

The idea to privatize BPA, which provides wholesale power to electric utilities across the Pacific Northwest, has received strong pushback. Cheap electricity has helped bring industrial development to the Pacific Northwest, but utility companies fear decisions regarding the Bonneville Power Administration will increase rates. Source: Perry promises to not sell off BPA assets without Congressional […]
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Editorial: Trump renews DOA proposal on BPA grid

Almost overlooked in the fuss last week over the release of President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget was a renewed call from the administration to sell the electrical grid operated by the Bonneville Power Administration. Source: Editorial: Trump renews DOA proposal on BPA grid | Editorial | democratherald.com

Trump Budget Proposes Selling Off Bonneville Power Transmission Lines (Again)

The Trump administration wants to sell off publicly-owned utility transmission lines. The most recent budget proposal also suggests a move that could raise rates for Bonneville Power Administration customers. The proposal isn’t sitting well with Northwest politicians, Bonneville Power Administration customers, or clean energy advocates. Source: Trump Budget Proposes Selling Off Bonneville Power Transmission Lines […]
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Privatizing Oregon’s Largest Universities Would Be ‘Complex’

What would it look like if Oregon’s largest public universities fell into private control? It’s an idea that surfaced recently as a possible way to save the state money. But the people who floated the suggestion also acknowledged that it’s a bit of a long shot. The suggestion came as part of an effort to trim […]
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Yanez: The UO should be a private university — Opinion

When people hear about university administrators earning more than half a million dollars annually, they might think the administrators work for a private university. Collectively, the University of Oregon’s 11 administrative leaders earn more than $2 million in salaries and car allowances. This may be unsustainable with a dwindling in-state undergraduate population. According to a 2016 Washington Post article, […]
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Privatising the Northwest’s transmission system

The most recent budget proposal produced by the Trump administration included plans to sell off the publicly-owned Bonneville Power Administration’s in the Pacific Northwest. Trump’s will be the fourth attempt to take it out of public hands, but will he succeed where others have failed? The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is a non-profit federal marketing […]
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Our view: Perry and the BPA – Editorials

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor with aspirations for the presidency and now head of the Department of Energy, visited Umatilla County last week. He stopped at McNary Dam and toured the Bonneville Power Administration transmission facility operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Source: Our view: Perry and the BPA – Editorials – […]
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