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Consistent with the Bonneville Project Act (Public Law 75-329), the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (Public Law 96-501), and the Act of August 31, 1964, (Public Law 88-552), Pacific Northwest (PNW) customers may request to purchase available amounts of surplus firm energy and capacity prior to the sale of such power to out-of-region customers. In addition, consistent with the laws referenced above, PNW Public utilities may request to purchase available amounts of power prior to the sale of such power to PNW Investor Owned utilities (IOU) and PNW Direct Service Industries (DSI). Please contact your BPA representative when requesting to purchase for information on pricing and power availability.

If power is available, and terms and conditions are mutually agreed upon, BPA will meet customer requests in the following order: (1) PNW Public utilities, (2) PNW IOUs and PNW DSIs, and (3) Southwest Public utilities. Thereafter, if additional power is available, BPA may also meet requests for power from nonpreference customers.

When requesting preference power, please contact the BPA Trading desk at BPATrading@bpa.gov prior to the preschedule day, and a BPA Trader will respond to you on the preschedule day about power availability and pricing.

BPA will respond to counterparties in the following order:

  • NW Public utilities
  • NW IOUs' and DSIs'
  • SW Public utilities
  • All others

Proposal to sell Frequency Response Reserves

FERC recently approved NERC standard BAL-003-1 on frequency response reserves. The standard requires balancing authorities to provide frequency response capability sufficient to meet the standard. The frequency response standard goes into effect Dec. 1, 2016.

In response to this new standard, BPA intends to offer its surplus frequency response reserves to balancing authorities within WECC. This offer is subject to BPA's Pacific Northwest regional preference obligations under its organic statutes.

Under the standard, each balancing authority or reserve sharing group must respond to a drop in frequency with a response greater than or equal to its frequency response obligation, or FRO. The FRO must be met for the majority (median) of the NERC-selected frequency drop events occurring over the specified measurement year.

BPA has more frequency response reserves than it needs to meet its own obligations under the new standard, however many balancing authorities in WECC do not have sufficient capability to meet their NERC frequency response obligations. BAs with insufficient capability to provide frequency response must adjust generator settings, build new generating resources or purchase frequency response reserves.

On Nov. 2, 2015, a request for offers to potential counterparties will be issued.

For more information contact: Dan Le (503) 230-3144 or Debra Malin (503) 230-5701

  • Public notice
  • BPA held a public comment period on our proposal that opened on Oct. 30 and closed on Nov. 13, 2015. One comment was received. Please see BPA's response to comments for more information.

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