Hydroelectric facilities, transmission substations, as well as some fish hatcheries and irrigation districts access power directly from the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). These facilities have station service or reserve power rather than being customers of a local utility. The ESRP program provides an incentive for increased energy efficiency for those locations.
BPA intends to set funds aside to provide incentives for efficiency projects that result in a net increase in the output of power from FCRPS sites to BPA's transmission grid. Initially, the incentives are offered through a solicitation to the reserve power irrigation districts. The application process will be competitive and is intended to obtain the greatest electric savings with the available incentive funds.
Eligible projects include energy and water-saving measures such as efficient pumps, variable speed drives, canal lining, and more. To improve chances of selection, structure applications so that the incentive cost per saved kWh is as low as is practical.
Though this program will initially focus on irrigation districts, energy-saving projects at qualifying hydroelectric facilities, fish hatcheries and transmission substations will also be eligible to apply for any incentive funds not allocated through the initial solicitation.
This year there are remaining funds after the initial solicitation so a second funding cycle is scheduled. This second cycle is open to qualifying irrigation districts, hydroelectric facilities, fish hatcheries and other FCRPS reserve power users.
ESRP Second Funding Cycle Timeline: