The Integrated Program Review allows interested parties to see and comment on all relevant Federal Columbia River Power System capital and expense spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR occurs every two years, or just prior to each rate case, and is the public review for the costs that will be recovered through rates the following two-year rate period. Topics to be covered within the process include transmission, federal hydro, facilities, information technology, energy efficiency, fish and wildlife, grid modernization and other programs.
- The BP-22 IPR follows the cost-management objective outlined in the 2018 – 2023 Strategic Plan to hold the sum of program costs, by business line, at or below the rate of inflation through 2028.
- BPA will incorporate the new program plan structure and updated strategic asset management plans into the IPR.
- BPA will produce a detailed publication on the budget process and spending levels as well as specific information on program spending levels. The publication will be posted June 12 along with the underlying data tables in advance of the kickoff meeting and workshops.
- The public process began on June 15, and will last approximately 6 weeks.
- Workshops on specific programs were held on June 16 and June 17.
A public comment period ran from June 15 to July 31 to collect feedback on the proposed capital and expense spending forecasts for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 before they are included in the BP-22 Initial Proposal. In response to requests for the Strategic Asset Management Plans, BPA hosted a SAMPs workshop on Oct. 13 and made the SAMPs publically available on the Strategic Asset Management Plan webpage.