[This document has been replaced by final version 2004-5]
Over the past several years the Bonneville Power Administration has faced periods of instability that have threatened its financial well being and that of its customers; hampered its ability to meet its obligations, including those to the U.S. Treasury; impeded the development of needed resources; and damaged the economy of the Northwest.
The conclusion reached in several processes in recent years is that these problems have their roots in the ways in which Bonneville's role has been traditionally carried out and the uncertainties that creates with respect to resource development and load-serving obligations. This led to proposals for changes in Bonneville's role in power supply.
The region's governors have asked the Council to work with Bonneville and interests in the region to resolve this issue. The Council has consulted with a number of interests in the region and has convened a broadly representative steering committee to help address the key questions.
Bonneville has announced its intent to carry out a policy process this summer that would define Bonneville's future role as well as address a number of issues for the period remaining on its current power sales contracts. These recommendations are intended to provide input to Bonneville as it prepares its initial proposal for that policy process and to the deliberations of Bonneville's customers and other interests as they consider Bonneville's long-term future role.
The focus of these recommendations is primarily on the long-term as opposed to resolution of the questions Bonneville has raised for the last five years under the current contracts. However, there is a high degree of overlap between the long-term issues and many of those raised under the existing contracts. There needs to be consistency between the resolution of these issues for the remainder of the current contracts and how they are dealt with in new long-term contracts.
The Council believes the issues must be dealt with as a package rather than as separate sets of issues. The Council's recommendations are summarized in the paper.
Comments on recommendations:
|Canon, Ken||Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities||view|
|Dorran, Russell||Hermiston Energy Services||view|
|Eisdorfer, Jason||Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon||view|
|First, Cynthia||Snohomish PUD||view|
|Fitch, Clay||Wells Rural Electric Company||view|
|Hamilton, Mary||Solar Plexus||view|
|Johnson, James||Big Bend Electric Cooperative||view|
|Leone, C. Clark||Public Power Council||view|
|Litchfield, James||Litchfield Consulting Group||view|
|Miller, Bill||Nespelem Valley Electric||view|
|Nadal, Joe||PNGC Power||view|
|Nelson, Jeff||Springfield Utility Board||view|
|Reid, Susan||Oregon Department of Energy||view|
|Saven, John||Northwest Requirements Utilities||view|
|Various||Northwest Energy Coalition||view|
|Various||Renewable Northwest Project, Natural Resources Defense Council||view|
|Various||Western Public Agencies Group||view|