Last year’s financial performance created this unique opportunity to provide rate relief to our customers and accelerate funding of meaningful mitigation measures that will help fish and wildlife in the region.Suzanne Cooper, senior vice president of Power Services
Specifically, $350 million will be used to reduce FY 2023 power rates; $100 million will be allocated to reduce debt or for revenue financing; and $50 million will be used to prepay certain maintenance needs of existing fish and wildlife mitigation assets.
“Last year’s financial performance created this unique opportunity to provide rate relief to our customers and accelerate funding of meaningful mitigation measures that will help fish and wildlife in the region,” said Suzanne Cooper, senior vice president of Power Services.
The RDC, a rate mechanism that implements an element of BPA’s Financial Reserves Policy, triggered for Power Services based on FY 2022 end-of-year results. It allows the administrator to repurpose financial reserves when certain conditions are met. The primary condition is that both the agency and the business line must exceed their upper days cash on hand thresholds: 90 days cash on hand for the agency and 120 days cash on hand for a business line. Days cash on hand is the number of days a business can continue to operate using its own cash on hand with no new revenue.
The amount above the thresholds can be used for debt reduction, incremental capital investment, rate reduction through a dividend distribution or any other high-value business-line-specific purpose determined by the administrator.
Originally scheduled for Dec. 15, 2022, the final decision on the Power RDC was delayed to allow time for staff to fully consider and respond to the extensive comments received during the public comment period. The rationale for the administrator’s decision is available in Attachment A: BPA’s Response to Comments.
From Dec. 22 until after the Christmas holiday weekend, BPA experienced two dozen outages due to frigid temperatures and blustery winds.
Dibble permanently takes over the role on Jan. 15 after serving in an acting capacity since January 2022.
Most Northwest electricity comes from hydropower generated on the Columbia River which originates in Canada. Meet the BPA employee working with our neighbors to the north to manage river flows.