BPA Wants to Sell
The Bonneville Power Administration proposed yesterday that in its next round of contracts, it sell only the electricity that is currently generated on the Columbia River system, leaving to its customer utilities the job of coming up with the balance to serve consumers and businesses.
The BPA issued its proposal as it begins regional discussions on new rates that take effect in 2006, and new supply contracts that expire between now and 2011.
In the last round of contracts, the BPA agreed to sell more power than is generated from the Columbia system and acquired the extra electricity itself. That strategy ran into trouble when West Coast power rates skyrocketed in 2001.
BPA Lessons Learned
2002 Rate Case Comment by bluefish
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