BPA debuts updated transmission website

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on Sept. 26 rolled out its updated transmission website, which includes improved search functions intended to provide easier access to the information, combined with a more contemporary look and feel.

The site, located at www.bpa.gov/transmission, retains most of the previous sections but reorganized them into five top-level sections, namely, doing business with BPA, customer involvement, reports & tools, operations & reliability, and projects.

The “doing business” section provides information about doing business with BPA Transmission Services and includes details about how to become a customer, business practices, available transfer capacity methodology documents, the current tariff and proposed tariff changes.

The “customer Involvement” section provides information about customer meetings, the customer forum, and ongoing policy initiatives, while the “reports & tools” section provides transmission availability information and tools, and reports such as the redispatch and generation imbalance reports.

Both of those sections allow customers to sign up for e-mail updates.

The “operations & reliability” section serves as the cache for operations reports, reliability program information and NERC standards, while the “projects” section details information on projects involving wind integration and line rebuilds, among others.

All of the sections include links to all related information – in the form of news, documents or public events – for their respective topics.

The rollout of the transmission page update was coordinated to coincide with other improvements to BPA’s website, including improvements to the agency calendar. Each calendar item now has its own distinct page and URL for sharing and e-mailing. In the near future, it will also include functionality that allows users to subscribe to an RSS feed.

BPA said on its main website that  the changes to its website grew out of customer feedback, adding that it will continue its effort to better deliver content “by improving the find-ability and search-ability of all information on its website.”