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03/26/2021 Portland Update

We hope the first week of spring finds all readers of this update enjoying the warming weather! Both items below may have calendar implications for members and we ask that you review them carefully.

NRU Rate Cases Webinar: April 6 at 1pm Pacific/2pm Mountain

NRU will hold a webinar on April 6 at 1pm PDT/2pm MDT to discuss latest developments and strategy for the TC-22 transmission tariff proceeding and the BP-22 power and transmission rates proceeding.

In this webinar we will:

  1. Review rebuttal testimony that parties have filed in both cases, and

  2. Share a proposed strategy for NRU’s briefs to be filed in each case.

Our discussion will center on the five primary issues that NRU has focused on in these proceedings:

  1. The proposed 29% increase to the Utility Delivery Charge and NRU’s proposal to eliminate the Delivery Segment;

  2. The inclusion and level of revenue financing to be included in Power rates;

  3. Correct charges for capacity used in transmission losses;

  4. Bonneville’s calculation of financial benefits of joining the EIM in the BP-22 rate period; and

  5. Bonneville’s proposal to eliminate the “Seller’s Choice” provision in its transmission tariff.

You can access the webinar with this link or phone number:

Tue, Apr 6, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (PDT) Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/485484421 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 485-484-421

Columbia River Treaty Power Group (CRTPG)

The CRTPG met this week on our usual monthly cadence. At the meeting we primarily discussed progress made in efforts to elevate treaty modernization as a priority for the Biden Administration and ongoing strategy to support that goal.

The group’s lobbyists in DC reported that they have conferred with a number of members and staffers for members of the Northwest delegation. The general feedback has been positive with several members expressing interest in helping to break the negotiations stalemate and advance modernization of the treaty. I would posit that this interest is a product of their strength under the new administration and the CRTPG’s return to a much simpler message of “termination of the power provisions within the treaty to bring Canada to the table”.

Given the initial feedback from the congressional members and staffers contacted with the refined termination messaging, the lobbyists want to enhance their outreach efforts and ramp up pressure by bringing the voice of those directly impacted by the outdated treaty provisions to the conversations with members and their staff. The lobbyists have asked for NRU’s help and I am in turn reaching out to ask if any member of NRU is interested in joining in on these outreach efforts by attending meetings with the congressional staffers?

The outreach meetings will take place during the weeks of April 5th and April 12th. The total number of outreach meetings with delegation staffers is yet to be determined, but each meeting will generally take 30 minutes and will be on a prescheduled date and time. The lobbyists will provide talking points and will manage the general flow of the meetings. Our job will be to provide the “real people” connection to the Pacific Northwest who are shouldering the costs of the outdated treaty. Please note that you will not be required to attend every meeting if you volunteer to help with this effort.

We have lamented over the inequities of the Canadian entitlement for years, and this is an opportunity for us to contribute directly to the effort to modernize the treaty. I am hopeful we have enough scale through our membership to have at least one NRU member attend each of the proposed meetings. If you are interested, please contact me directly at jfrancisco@nru-nw.com or at 509-993-4088.

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