The Bonneville Power Administration, the government-owned “power marketing agency” that serves the Pacific Northwest, is facing a strong current of problems. 

As cheap renewables make hydro less competitive in the region, BPA is bleeding money. There’s now concern that its utility customers will stop buying hydro after contracts expire.

Meanwhile, the cost of rehabilitating salmon populations is mounting. As the power provider grapples with $15 billion in debt, some are calling for a reformation of BPA. Can the government prepare the hulking agency for the competitive clean energy future?

On this week's episode of The Energy Gang, We’ll talk to a Jeremy P. Jacobs, a reporter for E&E’s Greenwire, who’s been digging into the story. You can read part onepart two and part three of his ongoing series.

Then, climate strikes swept the globe last Friday, raising unprecedented media coverage. How is this different from previous mobilizations around climate? We’ll put this moment in the context of recent history.

Finally, offshore wind is becoming dirt-cheap in Europe. According to Carbon Brief, recent offshore wind prices are set to compete with existing gas seven years ahead of schedule. We’ll venture out to the leading edge of offshore wind development.

Read along with us:

  • E&E News: Jeremy Jacobs’ reporting on the Bonneville Power Administration
  • New York Times: Climate Protesters and World Leaders on Same Planet, Different Worlds
  • GTM: U.K.’s Offshore Wind Auction So Successful It Might Have Made Itself Redundant
  • Carbon Brief: Record-Low Price for U.K. Offshore Wind Cheaper Than Existing Gas Plants by 2023

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