Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Scheduling Conflict: Washington State Governor Cancels Appearance at Port Angeles Biomass Ceremony (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
DOE’s Poneman Says Regions Will Be Consulted on Bonneville Power Administration, Western Area Power Administration Joining an Energy Imbalance Market (American Public Power Association)
Monday, October 21, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Bonneville Power Administration Hiring Issues and the Road Ahead (Public Power Council, Portland, OR)
Today, Scott Corwin, Public Power Council Executive Director, made the following comments at a news conference held by U-S Senator Ron Wyden, OR:
(PORTLAND, OR) -- We share Chairman Wyden’s resolve that the BPA hiring practices issues be addressed quickly for the sake of job applicants including veterans, for the sake of current employees at BPA who desire certainty about their future, and for the sake of consumers who are concerned about how this could impact agency operations and the cost of electricity.
We appreciate the focus of Chairman Wyden and other members of the Northwest Congressional delegation upon this key issue. Electricity ratepayers have a strong interest in the effective operation of this regional wholesale utility. They trust in BPA’s reliable management of the grid and in the stable supply of clean hydropower.
These hiring issues are serious and must be corrected. But, they should not be seen as an open door for assertions of Department of Energy control over BPA policies that are governed by the laws passed by Congress. BPA’s critical missions for the region are being achieved every day by thousands of hard-working BPA employees in Portland, Vancouver and around the region.
Electricity ratepayers pay all of the costs of BPA through rates. This is unlike other federal agencies. Its proud history, mission, and funding are regional by design. It is a key part of the fabric of our daily lives in the Northwest. The system investments have been made by the millions of Northwest citizens so that they can see the benefits in the region.
PPC is looking for clarification of the leadership status, and for a transparent approach to correct the hiring issues, including identifying the scope of needed actions, the specific steps needed, and the legal basis for those steps. This will help instill confidence in the system, and will aid employees and consumers in better understanding the potential costs and operational impacts.
During this time of challenges to our industry, our region needs certainty and a clear path forward for BPA. We will work with the agency, with Congress, and with DOE toward that goal.
PPC represents Pacific Northwest consumer-owned utilities on issues related to the Federal Columbia River Power System.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Oregon: Seneca Biomass Power Plant’s Air Proposal Criticized - The company’s effort to raise pollution limits at its wood-fired electric plant draws opponents to a hearing (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Revised Draft I-937 Rules Suggest Significant Changes in Energy Conservation Compliance (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)
BPA Acting Administrator Statement on U-S Department of Energy’s DOE Inspector General Report (Bonneville Power Administration)
“The findings in the Department of Energy Inspector General’s report are deeply troubling to all of us at the Bonneville Power Administration. The Department and BPA are fully committed to addressing the problems with our human capital management program and providing recourse to the many individuals, including veterans, who were impacted by our flawed hiring practices. I also want to reiterate my commitment to a workplace free of retaliation, particularly against those who raise concerns. As we move forward to rebuild our human resource capabilities, all of us at BPA will continue to serve our core mission by bringing reliable, low-cost, and environmentally sustainable power and transmission service to the people of the Pacific Northwest."
Elliot Mainzer, Acting Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration
Friday, October 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Reopening Columbia River to Salmon Could Come at High Cost to British Columbia Taxpayers - Bonneville Power reports already spending $750 million a year alleviating effects on wildlife (Vancouver Sun, BC)
(CHEHALIS, WA) -- Will the Lewis County PUD be forced into raising rates next year? That’s not known at this time. But, the BPA is raising wholesale rates by 9-percent. The federal power broker also raised its transmission rates by 11-percent. Those increases took place at the first of the month. The Lewis County PUD gets nearly all of its power from the BPA. PUD leaders are now looking into whether a rate hike will be necessary. A final decision is expected by the end of the year.
Fed Shut-Down – Normal Operations at Bonneville Power Administration: Self-Funding Agency! (U-S Department of Energy)
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will continue to operate normally (3,103 employees financed by other than annual appropriations). BPA is self-funding under the permanent, indefinite appropriation known as the Bonneville Fund, established in the Federal Columbia River Transmission System Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. § 838i(b)). It markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant, and several other small nonfederal power plants. BPA also operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory, which includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.