BPA issued a letter July 17 regarding service to the aluminum direct-service industries (DSIs) commencing in FY 2010 that indicated BPA is proposing two separate options for the terms of the potential new service.
Columbia Falls Aluminum Company (CFAC) had expressed a desire for a shorter term option that, in return, could provide them a bit more flexibility. However, BPA and CFAC have not been able to agree on principles needed to release a term sheet for a shorter term.
BPA is now proposing only one option for a power sale at the industrial firm power rate that is sufficient to meet a portion of the smelters’ load. The proposed power sales would begin Oct. 1, 2009, and extend through Sept. 30, 2016.
BPA's "Summary of BPA's Use of the Regional Economic Study to Contemplate the Service Concept," which is BPA's update to the results of the "2006 Regional Employment and Economic Study," is available on the Web site below. The update demonstrates a small net gain in jobs from offering the new service constructs to the DSIs compared to the proposal that was under consideration earlier in January 2009.
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