Bonneville Power Administration News Release
San Jose, California, June 5, 2019 – San Jose based Sun-Net Inc., specializing in grid operations software tools, announced that it has been awarded the contract for Sun-Net Inc.’s iTOA® software suite by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).
BPA is an American federal agency operating in the Pacific Northwest. BPA was created by an act of Congress in 1937 to market electric power from the Bonneville Dam located on the Columbia River and to construct facilities necessary to transmit that power. Congress has since designated BPA to be the marketing agent for power from all of the federally owned hydroelectric projects in the PNW. It is one of four regional Federal power marketing agencies within the US Department of Energy.
BPA provides 28% of the electricity used in the region, having connections with over 15,000 miles of electrical lines and 300 substations in the power grid. BPA transmits and sells wholesale electricity in eight western states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.
“BPA will be standardizing and automating outage submission, tracking and coordination for Transmission and Generation operations across multiple control centers and plants on one single iTOA® platform. Additionally, BPA will be utilizing all other integrated modules within iTOA suite such as Logging, Switching and Tagging, Interruption Event analysis to achieve grid modernization objectives, support advanced reporting requirements and gain efficiencies via interfaces with RC West and internal control center applications.” Mehul Khokhani, General Manager at Sun-Net Inc. said.
Fun Fact: Bill Gates and Paul Allen were hired to write software for the PDP-10 computer that managed BPA’s power grid which remained in operation until 2013. The system was called Real-time Operations Dispatch and Scheduling system (aka RODS) and it came on line in 1974. It was one of the first systems of its kind.