Over the past several rate cases, BPA and rate case parties have expressed the need to update and modernize BPA’s Rules of Procedure Governing Rate Hearings (vintage 1986), which govern BPA’s power and transmission rate hearings conducted under Section 7(i) of the Northwest Power Act.
In addition, BPA decided that it will follow the procedural requirements of Section 212(i)(2)(A) of the Federal Power Act to establish the terms and conditions for a new open access transmission tariff. Letter to the Region (01/9/2018). Notably, the procedural requirements required in Section 212 for transmission terms and conditions hearings closely align with those under Section 7(i) of the Northwest Power Act for rate case hearings.
Following a public engagement process, BPA published notice of proposed revised Rules of Procedure (Federal Register, May 2, 2018), and accepted written comments on the proposed revisions until June 4, 2018. Changes were made to the proposed rules in response to comments. BPA has adopted final Rules of Procedure which were published in the Federal Register (August 13, 2018). The Rules of Procedure are effective September 12, 2018.