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BPA Post-2011 Energy Efficiency

Post 2011

Post- 2011 Review

The "Energy Efficiency Post-2011 Review" (Post-2011 Review) is a public process to review and consider improvements to the BPA energy efficiency policy framework and associated implementation elements put in place on October 1, 2011. After considering the workgroup recommendations, BPA proposes revisions to the Energy Efficiency Post-2011 Implementation Program. BPA accepted public review and comment on the Proposed Revisions through July 19, 2014. The comment period is now closed. After considering the public comments, BPA will make a final decision, update the Implementation Program, and prepare for the implementation of the changes, including updating the Implementation Manual. A red-lined version of the Implementation Program is available here.

Workgroups and Meetings

The Post-2011 Review will be conducted by five workgroups. Workgroups consider issues and report out at regional "big tent" meetings February 26 (Tacoma), March 20 (Eugene), May 8 (Kennewick), and tentatively June 20 (Portland). Big tent" meetings will also be an opportunity for non-workgroup members to participate in the discussion of issues and potential solutions. A draft schedule is here.

Regional "big tent" meetings

Regional Meeting #1, February 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Tacoma Power. Slides and Notes

Progress Reports: Workgroup 1, Workgroup 2, Workgroup 3, Workgroup 4, Workgroup 5

Regional Meeting #2, March 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Emerald PUD. More information here. Slides

Progress Reports: Workgroup 1, Workgroup 2, Workgroup 3, Workgroup 4, Workgroup 5

Open House to Learn About Recommendations, May 8 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, Washington

Regional Meeting #3, May 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Benton PUD. More information here. Slides

Recommendation Reports: Cover note, Workgroup 1, Workgroup 1 Addendum, Workgroup 2, Workgroup 3, Workgroup 4, Workgroup 4 Addendum, Workgroup 5.

Regional Meeting #4, June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at BPA Headquarters. More information here.  Slide presentation here.

Workgroup 1: Model for Achieving Programmatic Savings co-chairs Margaret Lewis and Doug Brawley (PNGC). List of participants

Workgroup 2: Implementation Manual co-chairs Dan Villalobos and Ross Holter (Flathead Electric). List of participants

Workgroup 3: Low Income co-chairs Boyd Wilson and Eugene Rosolie (Cowlitz PUD). List of participants

Workgroup 4: Flexibility Mechanisms co-chairs Melissa Podeszwa and Ray Grinberg (Peninsula Light). List of participants

Workgroup 5: Reporting and Verification of Savings co-chairs Mark Ralston and Mary Smith (Snohomish PUD). List of participants

Documents for Post-2011 Review

Archived Review Update Emails


In February 2010, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) estimated that almost 85 percent of the new demand for electricity over the next 20 years could be met with energy efficiency. The Council's Sixth Power Plan nearly doubled the region's target for conservation: from 2010 to 2014, the region should develop at least 1,200 average megawatts of cost-effective energy efficiency

BPA engaged in an extensive, multi-year set of regional processes, to define its future power supply role. BPA adopted a Regional Dialogue Policy, which defined its potential resource acquisition obligations for power sales after 2011, whether at Tier 1 or Tier 2 rates. BPA continued to treat energy efficiency as a resource and define its goals in terms of megawatts of energy efficiency acquired.

BPA's Energy Efficiency (EE) organization conducted the Energy Efficiency Post-2011 Public Process (Post-2011) from January 2009 to March 2011 to align EE's program with BPA's Long-Term Regional Dialogue Policy and tiered rates methodology and to engage customers and other regional stakeholders about the role BPA should play in developing, incentivizing and monitoring energy efficiency programs after 2011.

Two primary documents form the foundation of the EE Post-2011 program:

  • "Energy Efficiency Post-2011 Policy Framework": provides the high level policy framework, such as energy efficiency costs collected the in Tier 1 rate and the Energy Efficiency Incentive (EEI) funding mechanism with budgets allocated on a Tier 1 Cost Allocator basis.
  • "Energy Efficiency Post-2011 Implementation Program": provides implementation specifics that nest within the larger policy framework, such as means for utilizing and transferring EEI funding, and paying performance payments on a cents per kilowatt-hour basis.


From May to June 2013, BPA performed informal outreach with customers and stakeholders to solicit input on the Review. During this outreach, BPA received input on issues of importance as well as on the preferred approach to carrying out the public process. BPA had previously committed to commencing the Review before the fiscal year 2014-2015 (FY14-15) rate period. Customer and stakeholder input, however, showed a strong preference for waiting until BPA had data on FY12-13 achievements (e.g., aMW savings, cost per aMW, utility self-funding) before beginning a formal public process to address outstanding issues of importance. This data will be available in mid-January 2014. BPA has taken into account customer and stakeholder feedback and plans to conduct the Review as follows (this document's appendix contains a visual representation of the timeline):

  • Summer 2013: BPA develops a scoping document that identifies the "issues of importance" (e.g., utility self-funding, Unassigned Account, Large Project Fund) and explores initial options for addressing the issues.
  • September 15, 2013: BPA releases the scoping document to customers and stakeholders for their review.
  • November 22, 2013: BPA holds a regional meeting/conference call in Portland to discuss the scoping document. Following the meeting, BPA incorporates feedback received at the meeting and includes accomplishments from the FY12-13 rate period (e.g., aMW savings, self-funding, Large Project Fund, performance payments, etc.) into the scoping document and distributes updated scoping document to customers and stakeholders.
  • December 6 to December 21, 2013: Public comment period on updated scoping document.
  • January to May 2014: BPA holds formal meetings (both workgroup and regional "big tent" meetings) to discuss solutions to the "issues of importance" identified and shared in the updated scoping document.
  • May 2014: BPA develops a Post-2011 Review proposal based on the feedback received during the formal meetings.
  • June to July 2014: Formal comment period for customers and stakeholders to provide feedback on BPA's proposal.
  • July to September 2014: BPA develops and publishes a final Post-2011 Review report based on feedback received during the public comment period.
  • August to October 1 2014: BPA prepares for any agreed upon changes and drafts necessary language for the October 1, 2014 Implementation Manual release, which may include six-month notice of changes.

Post 2011 Frequently Asked Questions

This document provides a list of questions BPA has received on specific elements of the Post 2011 policy. This list is inclusive of questions BPA has received during the first public process and in public events. For more information please contact your EER.

Summary and Guidance Documents

BPA is creating a series of policy summaries and guidance documents to support or customer utilities during the Post 2011 transition. This list below represents the documents we have finalized at this point; more documents will be posted as they become available.

Information on the public process

The information on this page details the public process BPA and regional stakeholders carried out to create the Post 2011 framework and policy

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