BPA establishes rates for power and transmission services in a rate proceeding, a formal evidentiary hearing process under Section 7(i) of the Northwest Power Act. Prior to the initiation of the rate case, workshops are held to review and discuss upcoming rate case issues.
Upcoming & Current Proceedings: The BP-20 Rate Case to set power and transmission rates for FYs 2020-2021 (Oct 2019 – Sep 2021) began with the Federal Register notice on December 6, 2018. Documents related to the current rate case are posted to the BP-20 Rate Case website. Information and documentation concerning past rate cases are posted to the Inactive Rate Cases website.
BPA will follow the procedural requirements of Section 212(i)(2)(A) of the Federal Power Act (Section 212) to establish a new open access transmission tariff for transmission service across the Federal Columbia River Transmission System. The Section 212 proceeding, which largely follows rate case procedures, will run concurrently with the BP-20 rate proceeding.
Upcoming & Current Proceedings: BPA will commence a Section 212 proceeding to establish terms and conditions of transmission service for a new open access transmission tariff in fall 2018. Workshops will be held in the spring/summer of 2018 before the Section 212 proceeding officially begins. Documents related to these workshops will be posted to the Tariff Proceedings website.
Rules of Procedure Revision Process
BPA’s Rules of Procedure Governing Rate Hearings (Rules of Procedure) govern BPA’s power and transmission rate hearings conducted under section 7(i) of the Northwest Power Act. In 2018, BPA updated the Rules of Procedure for rate cases, expanding them to accommodate Section 212 transmission terms and conditions proceedings. Documents related to the revision process are posted to the Rules of Procedure Revision website.
Rate Period High Water Mark Process
As prescribed in section 4.2 and 4.3 of the Tiered Rate Methodology (TRM), the Rate Period High Water Mark (RHWM) is set by BPA in the RHWM Process prior to each power rate proceeding. The RHWM sets the maximum planned amount of power that a customer may purchase each year of the Rate Period under Priority Firm Tier 1 Rates, and other values used to calculate rates.
Upcoming & Current Processes: The FY 2020-2021 RHWM Process was held in spring 2018. Public documents related to this process are posted to the RHWM website.
Reserves Distribution Clause
The Financial Reserves Policy, which was developed and implemented in the BP-18 Rate Case, includes the reserves distribution clause that describes how and when BPA distributes financial reserves for such purposes as debt retirement, incremental capital investment or rate reduction.
Upcoming & Current Processes: BPA held a workshop on Sept. 28, 2018 to discuss a RDC for transmission customers in FY 2019. Public documents related to this process will be posted to the RDC website.