The Bonneville Power Administration, the agency responsible for hydropower in the Pacific Northwest, plans to spend $2 billion in stimulus funds on an overhaul of power-transmission lines and upgrades to several dams. The new lines will make it possible to transmit an additional 495 megawatts from wind projects in the region, officials said. "We're reaching the point where the amount of wind power in the region is exceeding the capability of the transmission lines to handle it," said BPA Administrator Steve Wright. Construction crews have already finished about 30 miles of line and towers.

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