This report provides an update of fish and wildlife costs of the Bonneville Power Administration in Fiscal Year 2012. These costs have four primary components:
- The Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program, including direct expenditures and capital investments (debt-funded) in facilities and some land purchases
- Reimbursements to the federal Treasury to repay the power share of the congressional appropriations used for Federal Columbia River Power System fish and wildlife mitigation and also direct-funding payments to the other federal agencies for the power share of fish and wildlife mitigation they perform to address impacts of FCRPS hydropower dams they operate.
- Forgone hydropower sales revenue that results from Columbia and Snake river dam operations to aid passage of juvenile and adult anadromous fish, such as spilling water that otherwise would be used to generate electricity
- The cost of electricity purchased by Bonneville to make up for power that could not be generated at the dams because of the fish-passage operations
Financial information in the report was provided by Bonneville in response to requests from the Council staff and was not independently verified by the Council or its staff.
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