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UPDATE: BPA reschedules 28th annual Regional Science Bowl to Feb. 23 - 02/07/19

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                                                                BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
                                                 MEDIA ADVISORY: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
                                                           CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
                                                                                or 503-230-5131

BPA reschedules 28th annual Regional Science Bowl to Feb. 23

This weekend's forecast inclement weather led to concern for students, coaches, and volunteers who would be traveling into and out of Portland

Portland, Ore. -- BPA Regional Science Bowl teams will have to wait two more weeks to compete for a trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. The Bonneville Power Administration has decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel this Saturday's activities due to forecast inclement weather. Many of the 64 high school teams and volunteers who would be participating in the event would be traveling from across parts of western Washington and Oregon to Portland.

BPA has coordinated with the University of Portland and other vendors to reschedule the competition for Feb. 23.



ORIGINAL ADVISORY - sent February 5, 2019:

BPA hosts 28th annual Regional Science Bowl this Saturday



Some 64 teams of high school students compete for opportunity to go to National Science Bowl, scholarships to regional schools



Portland, Ore. --Students from Westview High School in Beaverton are vying for their sixth straight championship at the Bonneville Power Administration's 28th annual Regional Science Bowl. The event challenges students' knowledge in all aspects of science including math, geology, chemistry, physics and environmental science.



Westview joins 63 other teams from public and private high schools across western Washington and Oregon, Feb. 9 at the University of Portland for the fast-paced, round-robin competition. The top team will take an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl.



The BPA supported event is the largest regional science bowl in the nation. The academic event not only showcases students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, it also provides an opportunity to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.



Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with 17 universities and colleges in the Northwest to offer members of the top three teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.



In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills.



The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland and Vernier Software & Technology.



 



BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2019



Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon



When: Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl



 



About BPA



The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov



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BPA energy efficiency program receives national recognition - 02/06/19

Portland, Ore. -- A Bonneville Power Administration energy efficiency program has been recognized as exemplary by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

BPA's Energy Smart Industrial program was honored for saving nearly 1.4 million megawatt-hours of verified energy since 2009. That's enough energy to power over 130,000 average U.S. homes for one year. The energy savings reduced BPA-served industrial load by more than 7 percent over the last decade.

The Energy Smart Industrial program offers support and provides rebates to more than 110 enrolled BPA electric retail utilities and their industrial customers. It serves a variety of industrial and technical opportunities including traditional custom projects, strategic energy management, small industrial and lighting.

"Each member of the team works tirelessly to help industrial utility customers meet and exceed their energy savings goals," said Todd Amundson, acting industrial sector lead at BPA. "This recognition really illustrates their dedication. I look forward to working with the region's industrial customers to achieve even higher levels of energy savings."

Now in its 10th year, the Energy Smart Industrial program remains a vital resource for helping BPA's industrial utility customers achieve lasting energy savings. The program currently serves customers across seven states, including large municipalities, small rural areas, and participants from broad industrial categories.

ACEEE first recognized the Energy Smart Industrial as an exemplary program in 2013.

BPA accrues energy efficiency savings across five primary sectors: residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and federal -- as well as through secondary avenues such as improved building codes and savings that occur independently of specific programmatic efforts.

Learn more at www.EnergySmartIndustrial.com.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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