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Rules of Procedure Revision Process
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 has recently announced 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 (01/10/2018). 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.
 
Given the similarity in the procedural requirements for these two proceedings, BPA has updated the Rules of Procedure for power and transmission rate proceedings and has expanded them to accommodate Section 212 transmission terms and conditions proceedings (draft Rules). BPA has initiated a public engagement process to provide interested parties with an opportunity to review and comment on the draft Rules prior to adoption of the final Rules.
 
 
Federal Register Notice of 30-day Comment Period on Proposed Revised Rules
On May 2, 2018, BPA published its proposed Rules of Procedure in the Federal Register and provided notice of a formal 30-day comment period. The Federal Register Notice includes background information and describes the primary reasons for the proposed revisions. The deadline for submitting comments is June 4, 2018, 5:00 pm PDT. 
 
Comments should be submitted through Bonneville’s website at www.bpa.gov/comment. Comments may also be submitted to BPA Public Involvement, Bonneville Power Administration, P.O. Box 14428, Portland, Oregon 97293.  Bonneville requests that all comments contain the designation RP‑18 in the subject line.