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​BPA is a self-financed Federal agency. This means that BPA does not receive appropriations or tax dollars for operations and maintenance. BPA pays its expenses from revenues it receives from the sale of power and transmission services to eligible customers.
Bonneville Power Administration's wholesale power and transmission rates for the FY 2014-2015 rate period were established during the BP-14 rate case. The rate proceeding, conducted through a formal process described in Section 7(i) of the Northwest Power Act, concluded when the Administrator signed the Final Record of Decision on July 24, 2013.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted final approval to the Power Rates Schedules and General Rate Schedule Provisions (corrected 6/9/14) and the Transmission, Ancillary and Control Area Service Rate Schedules on April 16, 2014. These rates will be in effect from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2015 (FY 2014-2015).
BPA establishes rates to be charged for power and transmission services in a rate proceeding, a formal evidentiary hearing process. Prior to the development of BPA's rates in a rate proceeding, BPA determines its spending levels through a public process, the Integrated Program Review (IPR). BPA’s initial rate proposal is then prepared based on the outcome of the IPR. BPA's rates must be set so that BPA will be able to recover its total costs, including obligations to repay its debt to the Federal Treasury. BPA's initial rate proposal is then evaluated in a rate proceeding during which BPA staff presents its rate proposal to customers and other parties for review. At the conclusion of the rate proceeding, the Administrator issues a Final Record of Decision, which includes BPA's final proposed rates. BPA then files its rates proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for confirmation and approval.
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