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Becoming a BPA Transmission Services Customer

New Customer Application Process for Transmission Service​

The Eligible Customer Registration Requirements below must be satisfied to become a BPA Transmission Services' Point to Point (PTP), Network Integration Transmission (NT) Customer prior to requesting transmission service.

For assistance in the BPA application process, call BPA Transmission Sales (360) 619-6016 and request the assignment of a BPA Transmission Services Account Executive.

In order to become a BPA Transmission Services’ Customer, an entity must qualify as an Eligible Customer as defined in BPA’s Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) prior to requesting Transmission Service. BPA operates according to its OATT, which provides for open access to its transmission system. It is highly recommended that all applicants read the relevant parts of the OATT and Transmission Services Business Practices to best understand the terms and conditions of open access transmission service that determine the binding rights and obligations of all Transmission Customers.

To become a new Interconnection Customer, see BPA’s Interconnection website.

 
Eligible Customer Registration Requirements
  1. Obtain a D-U-N-S® number from Dun and Bradstreet at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
  2. Register entity with the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) via the Electric Industry Registry (EIR).  
    • The NAESB User guide may be helpful before starting the registration process. 
  3. Obtain a digital certificate from a Certificate Authority (unless using a Reservation Agent) listed at: https://www.naesbwry.oati.com/NAESBWRY/sys-apply-for-registration-get-cert.wml.  
    • The certificate is required to access EIR and webOASIS to request transmission 

​BPA Application Requirements
An Eligible Customer must complete, print, sign, and submit all applicable Customer application forms and required documentation per the following chart:

Forms and Required Documentation​ ​Required For
Articles of Incorporation
OR 
State-Issued Documentation​
​All Customers
Transmission Credit Application ​All Customers
​Transmission Customer Contact Information ​​All Customers
BPA form 4220.01f , Federal Tax Withholding for Foreign Entities Applied to Payment and BPA form 4220.01b, New Foreign Vendor Profile Request (both forms are in one attachment)
OR
Substitute IRS form W9e, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (BPA form 03-2007) and BPA form 4220.01ae, New Vendor Profile Request, (both forms are in one attachment).
​For customers with a parent company headquartered in a foreign country. 
 
  
 
For customers headquartered in the United States. As a Federal Agency, BPA is required to wire all Customer refunds, so this form must include bank wiring account information (under Vendor Express Enrollment).

Additional Reference Forms & Required Documentation, as applicable

Notification of Real Power Loss Return Type​ ​If applicable, email form to RPLPForm@bpa.gov. The form is available under the Real Power Loss Return Business Practice under Forms. The form must be received according to the timeframe stated in the Real Power Loss Return Business Practice.
​Customer Data Entry (CDE) Authorization ​Available from your Account Executive.  See Customer Data Entry System Access Business Practice:  http://transmission.bpa.gov/ts_business_practices/Content/7_Scheduling/CDE.htm.
​Reservation Agent Agreement ​Available from your Account Executive.  See Reservation Agent Agreement Business Practice:  http://transmission.bpa.gov/ts_business_practices/Content/6_Requesting/reserve_agent.htm.
​Scheduling Agent Information. ​See Scheduling Agent Business Practice:  http://transmission.bpa.gov/ts_business_practices/Content/7_Scheduling/Sch_Agent.htm
​Customer Portal Access ​See the BPA Customer Portal web site:  https://customerportal.bpa.gov/_layouts/CPCustomLogin/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f_layouts%2fAuthenticate.aspx%3fSource%3d%252F&Source=%2F

Submit forms and required documentation to the assigned Transmission Account Executive using one of the following methods:

US Postal Service:​ ​Bonneville Power Administration
Transmission Marketing and Sales – TSE/TPP-2
P.O. Box 61409
Vancouver, WA 98666-1409
​Overnight Delivery Service (physical delivery: UPS, Fed Ex, etc.) ​Bonneville Power Administration –
Attn: (Addressee)
Organization Mailstop: (e.g. TSE/TPP-2; TPC/TPP-4, TPP/OPP-3)
905 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
​Facsimile (fax): ​(360) 619 - 6940
​Email: ​TxRequests@bpa.gov. Enter APPLICATION in the subject line of the email. This email address provides an automated reply indicating that the application was received.
​OATI U.S. Postal Service ​Open Access Technology International, Inc.
3660 Technology Dr NE
Minneapolis MN 55418
Fax to: (763) 201-5333
Email to: support@oati.net

Note: If the forms and required documentation are faxed or emailed, BPA Transmission Services must receive the original signed hard copies of the forms and required documentation within five Business Days after the date BPA receives the fax or email.

 

Execution of a Transmission Agreement

  1. After an Eligible Customer satisfies all of the requirements above, a BPA Transmission Services Account Executive will coordinate the offer of a Transmission Agreement (Agreement) to the Customer. (See Attachments A and F of the OATT for examples of PTP and NT Agreements and Exhibits). BPA Transmission Services requires separate Agreements for PTP and NT Transmission Service.
  2. An Eligible Customer must sign and return the hardcopy Agreement to BPA Transmission Services at the address listed above by Close of Business on the 15th calendar day after the Date of Tender. The due date for the Agreement will be included in a cover letter accompanying the Agreement.
    After the Eligible Customer meets all requirements above and receives an original executed Agreement, the Customer will be able to request transmission via webOASIS and applicable applications based on completed forms.
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