Council Letter to BPA on Energy Efficiency Funding

The Bonneville Power Administration recently kicked-off two processes that will define its spending amounts going into its next two-year rate case: the integrated program review and capital investment review. In these two processes, it's important that BPA commit adequate financial resources to implement the Council's power plans, particularly acquiring energy efficiency.

Since the Sixth Power Plan was released in 2010, BPA has done a great job in achieving cost-effective energy efficiency, surpassing the plan's annual targets since 2005. In reviewing the initial CIR proposal, however, the Council was concerned that the funding levels would reduce the agency's ability to continue meeting the plan's targets.

The Council wanted to raise the issue early in the process so that BPA and others in the region could work together to resolve the issue. The Council sent a letter to BPA outlining its perspective.