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Commission Concludes SB 1149 Does Not Jeopardize Access to BPA Cost-Based Power
April 4, 2001 (2001 - 014)
Contacts:  Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR – Senate Bill 1149, the state's electric industry restructuring law, will not have an adverse impact on Portland General Electric's (PGE's) and PacifiCorp's access to cost-based power from the Bonneville Power Administration for residential and small-farm consumers the Oregon Public Utility Commission has concluded.
The Commission determined the SB 1149 legislation does not contain provisions that require utilities to restructure in such a way that the utilities could not meet BPA's eligibility requirements for power.
Under provisions of SB 1149 the utilities are obligated to serve all of their customers and must maintain and operate their distribution systems, two key BPA eligibility requirements for cost-based power.
"We've taken great care to make sure we didn't violate the standards," Commission Chairman Ron Eachus said. "Even though BPA's rates are going up, this power will still provide benefits for residential customers."
Both PGE and PacifiCorp will have access to BPA cost-based power beginning October 1, 2001.
BPA is scheduled to provide PGE and PacifiCorp cost-based power totaling 259 AMW (average megawatts) and 135 AMW, respectively.
SB 1149 requires the Commission to make an initial determination, and issue an order, by May 1, 2001, as to whether provisions of the SB 1149 would have an adverse impact on access to cost-based BPA power.
The effective date of the restructuring bill is October 1, 2001.
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