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​TC-20 Tariff Proceeding

​BPA will use the statutory procedures under Section 212(i)(2)(A) of the Federal Power Act to establish a new open access transmission tariff for transmission service across the Federal Columbia River Transmission System (FCRTS).  The TC-20 (Terms and Conditions) Tariff Proceeding, which largely follows rate case procedures, will run concurrently with the BP-20 rate proceeding. BPA will hold workshops beginning in the spring/summer of 2018, prior to the commencement of the TC-20 proceeding in the fall of 2018.

Information on this proceeding, including workshop materials and a draft procedural schedule, will be posted this summer.

​Section 212 Process Background

​Pursuant to section 212(i)(2)(A) of the Federal Power Act, the Administrator may establish terms and conditions of general applicability for transmission service on the FCRTS after the following requirements are met:

  1. Provide an opportunity for a hearing;
  2. Publish notice in the Federal Register, including the reasons why the specific terms and conditions for transmission services are being proposed;
  3. During the hearing, adhere to the procedural requirements of paragraphs (1) through (3) of section 7(i) of the Northwest Power Act (the requirements for setting rates);
  4. The Hearing Officer issues a Recommended Decision on all material issues of fact, law, or policy; and
  5. Administrator issues a Record of Decision, explaining the reasons for reaching any findings and conclusions which may differ from those of the Hearing Officer.
BPA’s Pro Forma Strategic Guidance as Principles for the New Tariff

Consistent with the BPA 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and Transmission Business Model, BPA plans to propose a tariff that is consistent with the FERC pro forma tariff to the extent possible. BPA will consider differences from the FERC pro forma tariff if the difference is necessary to:

  1. Implement BPA’s statutory and legal obligations, authorities, or responsibilities;
  2. Maintain the reliable and efficient operation of the federal system;
  3. Prevent significant harm or provide significant benefit to BPA’s mission or the region, including BPA’s customers and stakeholders; or
  4. Align with industry best practice when the FERC pro forma tariff is lagging behind industry best practice, including instances of BPA setting the industry best practice.