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4. How important is the independence of the Bonneville Power Administration?

Editor's note: The candidates' responses to the following question are exactly as submitted, without any editing.

4. How important is the independence of the Bonneville Power Administration?

Estakio Beltran -- The Bonneville Power Administration provides one-third of the electric power in the Northwest and promotes efficient energy use and new technologies. Its autonomy is crucial. Decisions about the Northwest should be made by the Northwest and intervention by bureaucrats across the country is unacceptable.

George Cicotte -- The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) was originally established as a selffinancing agency that would operate without federal government subsidies. While this requires BPA ratepayers to bear the burden of operation, expansion, and improvements in infrastructure, it also allows BPA to make decisions for the benefit of the Northwest.

The Department of Energy does not have the expertise or the resources to manage the day to day operations BPA undertakes. Only an independent BPA can continue to serve the Northwest in the best way possible; a lack of independence will likely lead to higher rates for its ratepayers, federal bureaucracy in its decisions, and a larger tax burden for Americans nationwide.

Moreover, as a matter of policy, it is critical that the energy generated by our local dams be recognized as the renewable resource that it is. Excluding hydropower as a renewable energy resource is absurd.

Clint Didier -- Candidate has not provided a response.

Janea Holmquist -- You can count on me to work with our Pacific Northwest Congressional delegations to ensure the BPA remains independent and the federal government has no business taking it over.

It is critical to our regional economy's well being. Our inexpensive hydroelectric power is one of the sources of our region's economic advantages globally. Inexpensive hydroelectric power is as important as water is for our farmers. We cannot prosper without it.

Kevin Midbust -- If we are talking about the ability to fund itself, then it is really important. I really don't know much about it otherwise. It looks like it is just a government mandated business. Which is interesting to me in that it is the government using the free market to fund itself instead of using force.

Dan Newhouse -- Very important. Protecting BPA from political interference from Washington, DC has been an issue that has united Northwest Republicans and Democrats for decades. Recent revelations regarding BPA's hiring practices are serious and I support ensuring corrective steps are taken, but this should not become a pretense or excuse for the Department of Energy to meddle in the BPA's core mission or undermine regional management of the agency.

Gordon Allen Pross -- Actually Independence is the experiment that created a new nation. Bonneville is a model for government.

Josh Ramirez -- Didn't provide a response.

Tony Sandoval -- The BPA is extremely essential in evaluating and analyzing climate control. Currently, the BPA is conducting two studies on energy efficiency and water pollution pertaining on potential effects in the Northwest.

Gavin Seim -- Very. Our States need to be independent of Federal authority and use our energy as we see fit.

Glen R. Stockwell -- The Bonneville Power Administration is an example of when our country's "Federal Government worked well to serve the citizenry of America", in my opinion! It is very important, but already parts of the electrical grid are being sold off in California! As your Congressman, I will fight to stop these actions and reverse the damage already done. I will be promoting as your next Congressman a project to increase electrical production across the 4th District. Bonneville will be an important joint venture partner in my vision on this future project!

Richard Wright -- Candidate has not provided a response.

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