Power Customers Look Toward 2006by Staff
BPA's Journal, December 2002
BPA's utility cusotmers want to lock up the benefits of the Federal Columbia River Power System by working with the agency to develop and execute 20-year power contracts. That was one message that emerged from a public workshop recently as BPA starts to develop a proposal for its power supply role after 2006. BPA is holding meetings on issues for its post-2006 proposal.
Topics likely to be discussed at the public workshops include BPA's internal cost management, payments to the region's investor-owned utilities for their residential and small farm customers, service to aluminum plants and other direct-service industries, and others. Comments and proposals received in the earlier public process conducted with the Northwest Power Planning Council will also be used in preparing BPA's proposal. BPA's goal is to craft an arrangement that satisfies the needs of the region and leads to signed 20-year contracts that preserve the benefits of the federal system for the Northwest. The agency expects to issue its draft proposal by late January 2003.
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