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News Release
Commission Chairman Comments on BPA Decision to re-establish Residential Exchange Benefits
February 8, 2008 (2008-004)
Contacts: Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem, Or.   We appreciate the steps the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has taken to begin getting rate relief flowing to the customers of private utilities”, Oregon Public Utility Commission Chairman Lee Beyer said.  “While we continue to have concerns about the way BPA views the Power Act, we do acknowledge that they have addressed some of the technical issues the Commission has raised in order to lawfully carry out the Regional Power Act.”
In general, we continue to believe that the 75% of Oregon families who buy their power from private utilities are not getting their fair share of these valuable public resources.  To a large extent, we believe the Power Act is broken and Congress should address the unfairness of the current rules.
Recognizing that BPA will move forward as required by the Federal courts, the Commission will participate in the BPA formal rate case on behalf of the utility customers we represent.  “We will continue to fight hard for Oregon families so all Oregonians have access to the benefits of the low-cost federal hydroelectric system”, said Beyer.