The combined Integrated Program Review (IPR) and Capital Investment Review (CIR) process allows interested parties to see all relevant FCRPS expense and capital spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR/CIR occurs every two years, or just prior to each rate case, and provides participants with an opportunity to review and comment on BPA's capital and expense program level estimates prior to spending levels being set for inclusion in rate cases. Topics to be covered within the IPR/CIR process include transmission, federal hydro, facilities, information technology, energy efficiency, fish and wildlife and other BPA programs.
What Happened in 2014
The 2014 IPR featured a comprehensive initial publication and program specific discussion meetings based on stakeholder requests. BPA also hosted a preliminary IPR meeting in support of stakeholder requests to hear thoughts from the region in advance of developing initial IPR spending estimates. The structure emphasized expense review by reviewing 10-year capital forecasts and draft asset strategies in the Capital Investment Review (CIR), held prior to the IPR.
What’s Coming in 2016
- Based on feedback received from the 2014 IPR, BPA will combine the CIR with the IPR. This is to integrate the setting of capital and expense program funding, emphasizing debt repayment and O&M impacts of capital investment decisions.
- In addition, long-term rate forecasts beyond the three year decision period will be shared. This is to show emphasis on both current and long-term affordability, rates, and program priorities
- The IPR/CIR public process is expected to begin in June 16, 2016 and will last approximately 8 weeks.
- Information, again, will be centralized into one comprehensive initial publication that will include both capital and expense program information.
- Program specific discussion meetings will be held during the week of June 20-24, if there is sufficient interest by participants.
A public comment period will be provided to collect feedback and suggestions to help inform near-term capital and expense spending forecasts (FY 2018-19) for inclusion in the upcoming BP-18 Initial Proposal.