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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.