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​Spill Surcharge - FY 2018

​The Spill Surcharge was included in the BP-18 power rates to recover costs associated with the 2017 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, which ordered increased spill at eight FCRPS dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers for the 2018 spring fish passage season. 

Because the planned spill operations were not known when the final BP-18 rates were calculated, the Spill Surcharge adjusts power rates in each year of the rate period (FY 2018 and FY 2019) for the new planned spill operations relative to the operations modeled when final rates were set. 

For each year of the rate period, the preliminary spill surcharge amount must be provided to customers no later than May 31, with a public meeting and a comment period of at least 10 business days to follow. Bonneville will issue the final Spill Surcharge no later than 14 calendar days after the comment period closes.


Final FY 2018 Spill Surcharge

On June 21, 2018, Bonneville released the Administrator’s Decision, Implementation of the FY 2018 Spill Surcharge (FY 2018 Spill Surcharge Decision), memorializing the final decision to implement the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Spill Surcharge in an amount of $10.2 million for FY 2018; a rate of 0.71 mills per kilowatthour for June–September 2018; and an Annual rate of 0.23 mills per kilowatthour. The FY 2018 Spill Surcharge Decision also addresses comments received during the public comment period.
The final FY 2018 Spill Surcharge is the same as that provided to interested parties for review and comment in May of this year. 


​Public Comment Period

A public comment period on the preliminary FY 2018 Spill Surcharge was open from May 16 through June 7, 2018. Comments were uploaded to BPA’s Public Comments page under the FY 2018 Spill Surcharge heading.


Preliminary FY 2018 Spill Surcharge Notification and Workshop

Provided below are the preliminary FY 2018 Spill Surcharge Amount and Rates and supporting documentation, and information regarding the May 16, 2018 workshop to review the preliminary FY 2018 Spill Surcharge.
  •  FY 2018 Spill Surcharge Amount - includes all data and calculations for preliminary Spill cost, SecR, Spill Surcharge Amount and Rates, and PF customer bills.

May 16, 2018 Workshop