BPA Power Services
Link to BPA Home Page Skip Primary Navigation
Power Services Home Page


Progress Report

Presentation to the
Northwest Energy Review
Transition Board

September 9, 1997

Report Index


The Federal Power Subscription Work Group has been meeting since March of 1997. The overall goal is to provide reliable and predictable revenues for BPA while ensuring no stranded costs.

Our last progress report to the Transition Board indicated that the Work Group had investigated and recorded an exhaustive list of business interests that were brought to the table by the parties.

At our six-month check-in we have several things to report. We have updated and refined the Work Group schedule to better reflect the issues we are addressing. The latest version is shown in the game plan and timeline included in this packet.

Currently we are:

  • Finalizing a list of products and services BPA would offer;
  • Exploring a few new products that have surfaced during our discussions;
  • Focusing our attention on alternative business relationships;

Present conclusions:

  • Based on the work thus far there are no obstacles and no needed legislation for a successful subscription.

Next steps include:

  • BPA will begin pricing the products and services;
  • Developing, by the end of October 1997, alternative business relationships that will support the Comprehensive Review's Federal Power Subscription recommendations;
  • Addressing issues of implementation, starting with the Comprehensive Review recommendations.

The following pages provide an overview of the effort of the Subscription Work Group.

Game Plan

As the Work Group moves to the next step in our discussions, the following key milestones are guiding the group's efforts. The topics that the group will address fall into the following four categories:

  1. Defined Products and Services
    The Work Group is discussing the specific products and services customers want to purchase and BPA will indicate which products they will offer. These products will be clearly defined and include any parameters necessary to define the scope of the product. The price for each product would not be developed at this stage.
  2. Business Relationships Between BPA and its Customers
    The Work Group is identifying the business relationship(s) that would be created between Bonneville and its customers. An example might include the Umbrella/Subsidiary Agreements.
  3. Price of Products and Services
    Bonneville will determine prices and pricing principles for the basic products and services they will offer.
  4. Implementation of Subscription
    The Work Group will identify the steps to implement subscription. This includes who is eligible, the timing, the amounts, and other details of how subscription will be implemented.

Given this general organization of topics to be addressed, the following milestones reflect the Work Group's next steps.

Define Specific Products and ServicesAugust 1997
Define Alternative Business RelationshipsOctober 1997
Consensus on Implementation ApproachJanuary 1998
Develop Prices for "Basic Services"June 1998
Begin Bilateral Contract Negotiations (Phase 2)July 1998
All Contracts Signed. . . . . . .

Time Line

Products and Services

1Full Service
2Firm Power Block
3aPartial Service - Basic Declared Resources
3bPartial Service - Moderate
4New Renewable Resource
5Secondary - Commodity
6Loss Compensation
8aRetail Access - Curtailment
8bRetail Access - Remarketing
10Load Factoring
11aSupplemental AGC
11bOperating Reserve
11cForced Outage Reserve
12Preschedule Change Rights
13Scheduling Services
14Displacement Rights
15Variable Load Factor
16Block Flexibility

Product Description

Sample Product 1: Full Service

This product provides all the firm power and services the customer needs to meet actual loads, including transmission. There are some risks inherent in the deregulation of the electric utility industry. This product provides a means for mitigating those risks. For this example, the customer is in BPA's control area and has some small generating resources.

Product Full Service
Term October 1, 2001, through September 30, 2006.
Transmission Transmission is included in this product.
Amount & Shape BPA will provide continuous power to meet all of the customer's retail load not met by customer's resource.
Load Growth BPA will meet the entire load growth needs of the customer, except New Large Single Loads.
Economic Variations BPA will absorb the risk of load variations due to local economics.
Retail Access Load Loss For retail loads lost by the customer due to retail access, BPA will remarket the power and credit the customer's account.
Resources Small generating resource fluctuations (limited to xx MW each, yy MW total) are treated as load fluctuations.
Basis for Payment Customers will pay based on the amount of power used and on remarketing credits.

Examples of options associated with this product include:

  • Term: If a customer wants to begin this service before 10/1/01, we can negotiate a new agreement describing the change in the current contractual relationship.
  • Retail Access Load Loss: Customer can purchase a separate insurance product to mitigate retail access load loss.

Business Relationships

"Commercial Contract" Agreements

  • Individual agreements between customers and BPA.
  • Traditional, negotiated contract describing the product with specific terms and conditions.
  • Contract would include price and length of the contract.

Umbrella/Subsidiary Agreements

  • The goal of this structure is to encourage a longer term commitment to purchase power for BPA without it being a commitment to buy power at unknown costs (and, thus, prices) for the next 20 years.
  • Umbrella Agreement
    • Long-term (e.g. 20 years)
    • Specifies amount of subscription power
    • Includes cost-cap guarantee
    • "Costs" are defined
  • Subsidiary Agreement
    • Short-term (e.g. 3-5 years)
    • Actual power sales are defined
    • Price is specified
    • The shorter-term subsidiary agreements could be renewed periodically throughout the term of the umbrella agreement.

Archive of content originally posted or last updated on:  September 16, 1997.
Content originally provided by:  Carolyn Whitney, BPA Power Business Line.
Content currently provided by:  PBL Requirements Marketing - PS.
Page maintained by:  BPA Web Team.
Skip to start of content.  Access Key = C
Skip to short cut links below
Skip to start of content.  Access Key = C Need help finding something? Send us a message, or give us a call at 800-622-4519.
NOTICE: This server is owned and operated by the Bonneville Power Administration, United States Department of Energy. Use of this system is monitored by system and Security personnel. Anyone using this system consents to MONITORING of this use by system or security personnel. BPA Privacy Policy