REP Compliance Review Program
Section 5 of the NW Power Act requires the BPA to ensure payments made to eligible utilities, to reduce the wholesale costs of producing and transmitting power, are passed on to the utility’s residential and farm loads. By law, the payments BPA makes to eligible utilities under the REP must be “passed through directly” to the utility’s retail residential and farm customers (residential loads). These REP payments appear as a credit on the utility customers’ monthly bills. To ensure these payments are distributed to eligible retail customers correctly and in a timely manner, BPA developed the REP Compliance Review Program. Through the REP Compliance Review Program, BPA reviews the REP benefits received by the utilities from BPA, and passed through to their qualifying REP customers.
REP Customer Load Eligibility Guidelines (CLEG)
BPA developed the Customer Load Eligibility Guidelines (CLEG) to provide guidance to REP participating utilities in determining whether residential, farm, and irrigation/pumping loads are eligible for REP benefits under the NW Power Act. Specifically, the CLEG addresses a variety of issues related to eligible and ineligible retail customers under the REP. The CLEG is intended to be used as a guideline only, and may be revised or cancelled by BPA at any time. Throughout the term of the REP, BPA has made periodic updates to the CLEG. Most recently, BPA, utilities participating in the REP, and other interested parties worked together to update and provide greater clarity to the CLEG.