Bonneville Power Administration is a rare government creation that is self-funded, with much money from too-abundant power sales, to spend as it chooses. The money is a corruptible basis of BPA influence. That is why BPA has an especially large need of public scrutiny. Actions to that end include this, of March 24, 2010:
AN EVALUATION OF THE REGIONAL TECHNICAL FORUM – Final Report –
This report is kind to its sponsors, accepting exponential growth of RTF.
The scrutiny is not always voluntary. Among scholarly reviews, I have picked as significant, this PhD thesis, dated November 27, 2007:
The Columbia River's region: Politics, place and environment in the Pacific Northwest, 1933--present