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Energy names new head of BPA after hiring scandal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department has named a new administrator to run the Bonneville Power Administration after a hiring scandal rocked the federal utility that sells and transmits much of the Northwest’s hydroelectric power…. …read more

Public input sought on potential habitat restoration project near Astoria

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Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration is seeking public input and comment on potential environmental impacts from a proposed project to restore a tidal marsh in Clatsop County, Ore., to benefit salmon and steelhead. An open house describing the proposed work will be held Jan. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the…

BPA administrator resigns after hiring scandal

PORTAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of the Bonneville Power Administration, who was suspended last year amid an investigation into agency hiring practices, has resigned…. …read more

Grays Harbor PUD adopts rate increase, will revisit second increase in July

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Rates are on the rise at the Grays Harbor PUD, General Manager Dave Ward tells us the increasing cost of power from the Bonneville Power Administration is just one factor “You know we have aging infrastructure, we’ve got to continue to put our dollars back into our system. We have some retirements coming up too, so we’ve got to start planning for a little bit of succession planning. So we’ve put some focus on that, back to the basics of providing good service.
Ward said the utility will revisit a possible second rate increase in the coming summer. “We’ve elected to split that, see how we do through the winter with the wholesale power market. See other ways we could reduce our costs, and try to reduce as much as we can come July.
For the average residential customer, the 3.75% increase will add about $4.11 to their monthly bill, effective January first.
As we reported earlier this month, the PUD is facing almost $2 million in increased power costs this coming year, mostly due to the Bonneville Power Administration, from whom the District purchases most of their power, raising their transmission rates by 11% and their power rates by 9% this past October. The utility’s capital budget also calls for $10 million in expenditures deemed necessary to replace aging electrical equipment and to maintain the system.

Grays Harbor PUD eyes rate increase for 2014

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor PUD is proposing a rate increase of 3.75%, which would take effect on January 1, 2014. A proposal will be presented to the Commissioners at their next meeting December 16, 2013 as part of the 2014 budget. For the average residential customer, it will add about $4.11 to their monthly bill.

The PUD is facing almost $2 million in increased power costs this coming year, mostly due to the Bonneville Power Administration, from whom the District purchases most of their power, raising their transmission rates by 11% and their power rates by 9% this past October. The utility’s capital budget also calls for $10 million in expenditures deemed necessary to replace aging electrical equipment and to maintain the system.

General Manager Dave Ward is working with staff to lower costs and postpone projects into future budget years when possible. “The PUD staff has worked hard to reduce our budget as a means to mitigate the impacts felt from external costs. We will continue to look for ways to reduce expenses while not negatively impacting our ability to provide safe and reliable service,” Ward said.

Prior to July 2014, the PUD will evaluate the need for an additional rate adjustment of up to 1.75%.

BPA adopts higher wholesale power and transmission rates

The Bonneville Power Administration today adopted a 9 percent average wholesale power rate increase and an 11 percent average transmission rate increase. The transmission rate increase is the first in six years. The new rates support needed improvements to ensure the region’s federal hydropower and transmission systems can continue to reliably deliver carbon-free, affordable power to Northwest homes and businesses. The new rates take effect Oct. 1, 2013.      
“We recognize that rate increases are very challenging for customers, especially for those still in the throes of a slow economy,” said BPA Acting Administrator Elliot Mainzer. “But the increases are necessary so that we can preserve the long-term value of carbon-free federal generation and support the reliability of the high-voltage transmission lines that serve Northwest public utilities.”  

For Bonneville’s utility power customers, the wholesale rate increase will be an average of 9 percent higher than current rates. The power rate increase stems from higher costs to operate and maintain the federal hydroelectric system, higher costs to fund existing long-term agreements for the fish and wildlife mitigation program and reduced revenues from surplus power sales due to low market prices.