Draft Council Recommendations for the Future Role of the Bonneville Power Administration in Power Supply

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[This document has been replaced by final version 2004-5]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:

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Canon, Ken Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities view
Darr, George   view
Dorran, Russell Hermiston Energy Services view
Drummond, William WMG&T 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
Hertz, Karen   view
Johnson, James Big Bend Electric Cooperative view
Kortge, KC   view
Leone, C. Clark Public Power Council view
Litchfield, James Litchfield Consulting Group view
McArthur, Mike   view
Merkley, Jeff   view
Miller, Bill Nespelem Valley Electric view
Nadal, Joe PNGC Power view
Nelson, Jeff Springfield Utility Board view
Perrotti, Edward   view
Reid, Susan Oregon Department of Energy view
Saven, John Northwest Requirements Utilities view
Speer, Jack Alcoa view
Thompson, Richard Heliotropics view
Various DSIs view
Various Northwest Energy Coalition view
Various Renewable Northwest Project, Natural Resources Defense Council view
Various Washington PUD view
Various Western Public Agencies Group view