BPA celebrates 75th with snazzy book

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Bonneville Power Administration is capping its 75th anniversary this year with a full-color, 300-page book about the agency’s efforts since 1980 to market and transmit electricity generated by the Columbia River’s federal dams.

“Power of the River” uses little-known stories and lots of photographs to track the federal agency’s evolution amid growing environmental regulation and demand for electricity.

The history begins in 1980 because that’s where an earlier book published for the agency’s 50th anniversary left off, the agency said in a news release.

Print copies are available upon request for $10, postage included, by calling (503) 230-3000. The book can be downloaded for free from the BPA’s website, http://tinyurl.com/crau4kg.