The Bonneville Power Administration is a federal, non-profit agency based in the Pacific Northwest. Although the BPA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, it is self-funding and covers its costs by selling products and services. BPA markets wholesale electric power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, one non-federal nuclear plant, and several other small non-federal power plants.
As part of its responsibilities, BPA promotes energy efficiency, renewable resources, and new technologies. The agency also funds regional efforts to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydroelectric power development in the Columbia River Basin.