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Environmental Services works closely with numerous Federal and State agencies, Tribes, landowners, and the public to protect and recover endangered species, protect and preserve our cultural resources, and reduce impacts to wetlands, air, water, and the human environment.
The Bonneville Power Administration is dedicated to public involvement and transparency. To that end, we hold a number of events and public comment periods to update and receive input from stakeholders and the public.
Section 9 of BPA’s Open Access Transmission Tariff provides that BPA’s Administrator may use the procedures set forth in Section 212(i)(2)(A) of the Federal Power Act to modify terms and conditions of the Tariff. The TC-24 Tariff Proceeding largely follows rate case procedures.
TC-24 Tariff Proceeding Near-Term Schedule
Prehearing Conference – Dec. 2, 2022 (10 a.m.)
Release of BPA’s Initial Proposal – Dec. 2, 2022
BPA motion to establish Dec. 9, 2022 deadline for objections to proposed TC-24 settlement agreement – Dec. 2, 2022
Proposed deadline for parties to file petitions to intervene – Dec. 5, 2022
Proposed deadline for objections to the TC-24 settlement agreement – Dec. 9, 2022
For the TC-24 proceeding, BPA is unaware of any objections to the proposed TC-24 Settlement Agreement. If no objections are filed in the TC-24 proceeding, BPA would request the Hearing Officer to issue the decision recommending adoption of the settlement on Jan. 13, 2023 and to set a date of Feb. 9, 2023 for the Administrator’s Final Record of Decision.
Please see the BP-24 Rate Case website for information on the Federal Register Notice announcing the commencement of the BP-24 Rate Case.
Ex Parte Rules
With publication of the FRN, a prohibition of ex parte communications has begun and will remain in effect throughout the duration of the tariff proceeding. BPA’s Rules of Procedure prohibit ex parte communications during the TC-24 proceeding. Please refer to BPA’s letter to parties interested in the TC-24 and BP-24 proceedings for additional information on the ex parte rule.
Ex Parte Communications
The Prehearing Conferences for the TC-24 Tariff Proceeding and BP-24 Rate Case will be held in succession on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. The Prehearing Conference will be held virtually via WebEx (see details below). The TC‑24 Tariff Proceeding prehearing conference will begin immediately following the conclusion of the BP-24 Rate Case prehearing conference.
Once the FRNs are published, any entity or person intending to become a party in the TC-24 and/or the BP-24 proceeding must file a petition to intervene through Bonneville’s secure website. A separate petition must be filed for each proceeding. A first-time user of BPA’s secure website must create a user account and be granted access by the Hearing Coordinator to submit an intervention. Returning users may request access to the TC-24 and/or the BP-24 proceeding through their existing accounts and may submit interventions once their permissions have been updated by the Coordinator. The secure website contains a link to the user guide, which provides step-by-step instructions for creating user accounts, requesting access, generating filing numbers, submitting filings, and uploading interventions. Interventions must conform to the format and content requirements set forth in BPA’s Rules of Procedure Sections 1010.6 and 1010.11. Interventions for the TC-24 and/or the BP-24 proceedings may be uploaded to the secure website starting the day the FRNs are published. The proposed deadline for submitting petitions to intervene is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.
A petition to intervene must state the name and address of the entity or person requesting party status and the entity’s or person’s interest in the hearing. BPA customers and affiliated customer groups will be granted intervention based on petitions filed in conformance with the Rules of Procedure. Other petitioners must explain their interests in sufficient detail to permit the Hearing Officer to determine whether the petitioners have a relevant interest in the hearing.
The deadline for opposing a timely intervention is two business days after the deadline for filing petitions to intervene. BPA or any party may oppose a petition for intervention. All petitions will be ruled on by the Hearing Officer. Late interventions are strongly disfavored. Opposition to an untimely petition to intervene must be filed within two business days after service of the petition.
For questions regarding the secure website training, prehearing conference, or intervention process, please contact the Hearing Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, if the question is time-sensitive, via telephone at (503) 230-5107.
Information on the BP-24 and TC-24 pre-proceeding workshops, including workshop materials and customer comments, are posted on the BP-24 Rate Case webpage under the Information & Resources section.
In August 2022, BPA paused the BP-24 and TC-24 Workshops to initiate discussions with customers regarding the potential for settlement of the BP-24 and TC-24 proceedings. Based on the progress in the settlement discussions, BPA staff has developed settlement proposals for each proceeding. The TC-24 Tariff Settlement proposal is provided below. The Rates Settlement proposal can be found on the BP-24 Rate Case webpage.
Participants in the settlement discussions and other stakeholders were asked to submit their responses to the proposed settlements by noon on October 6. BPA received no responses opposing the proposed TC-24 settlement. BPA Staff is recommending the adoption of the terms of the proposed settlement in the TC-24 Tariff Proceeding.