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07/02/2020 Portland Update

Updated: Nov 12

It’s hard to believe this update marks the halfway point of the year. Like all of you, the first six months of this year haven’t looked as we had planned or hoped for. As I reflect on the first half of 2020 I want to thank you for your continued trust and support in allowing us to represent your interests with BPA in Portland and in other forums that are critical to your utilities. It’s an honor to serve you in your efforts to serve your communities and to work with the exceptionally talented team assembled here at NRU.

All of us at NRU wish you a happy and safe holiday with your families and friends!

Reminder to Mark Your Calendars for Two Important NRU Webinars in July

Last week we announced two important upcoming webinars. The webinars are intended to both inform members and seek their feedback. The restrictions in place to ensure personal safety during the pandemic have limited opportunities for important dialogue with members on BP-22 rate case issues and our Post-2028 efforts. We will allocate significant time for interaction with members during these webinars. Materials will be distributed in advance of the webinars.

  • Webinar #1: BP-22 rate case issues – Wednesday, July 8th, 9am-noon Pacific

Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:

  • Key BP-22 Rate and Tariff Case Issues – staff summary and proposed positions (feedback sought)

  • Integrated Program Review – staff summary and proposed comments (feedback sought)

  • Gearing up for the BP-22 rate case, what does success look like to you?

Webinar Information: Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/443032821 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (786) 535-3211 Access Code: 443-032-821 New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/443032821

  • Webinar #2: Background on NRU/NEMS Joint General Resource Investigation (GRI) for Post-2028 – Tuesday, July 14th, 1-2:30pm Pacific

At the last NRU Board meeting, the Board agreed to jointly fund and participate in the General Resource Investigation (GRI) that NEMS conducts every two years. The GRI will explore various power supply options in the post-2028 world, including different amounts of BPA power versus non-federal power options, and will show forecast snapshots-in-time of potential wholesale power costs for each NRU member under different scenarios. This webinar will provide an educational background to all NRU members, preparing you for the updates on the 2020 GRI work that we will share at the August NRU Board meeting.

Webinar information will be included in the Portland Update on 7/10.

NRU Participation in CETA Draft Rulemaking Process

On June 24th the Washington Department of Commerce held a workshop to present their initial draft rules regarding “methodologies for energy efficiency and demand response resources”. As part of the workshop, Commerce asked NRU and PNGC staff to share our jointly developed proposal for a simplified reporting and compliance path. Staff gave a high-level description of the proposal with the commitment to further educate Commerce on the BPA Resource Program in the weeks to follow; you might recall from previous updates that the proposal relies heavily on analytical work performed by BPA in their Resource Program. Commerce continues to be interested in the simplified concept and we have tentatively arranged a presentation from BPA to Commerce on July 14th. The presentation will focus on the details of the analysis that underpins the BPA Resource Program with the intent to demonstrate that small and load following utilities are performing the planning actions required by CETA through their partnership with BPA.

NRU staff has been careful to limit our involvement in the CETA rulemaking to only those issues with a clear nexus to BPA. However, we have been asked on a few occasions if we would be willing to sign onto joint comments with other entities in public power. Those entities are primarily the Washington Association of Public Utility Districts (WPUDA), the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association (WRECA) and the Public Generating Pool (PGP). All of these entities have been proactive in seeking NRU opinions on their policy positions to ensure their input to the rulemaking process does not result in any unintended consequences for our members. We believe that adding our signature and logo to comments strengthens the position(s) of public power and demonstrates unity to Commerce, but we wanted to check in with NRU membership to hear feedback or concerns members might have.

BPA Publishes Guide for New Agricultural Energy Efficiency Opportunities

BPA has developed a guide to help utility customers assist agriculture producers with finding the most suitable energy-efficiency measures, available here: BPA Energy Efficiency Agricultural New Opportunities Guide. Additional information is available on the homepage for EE in the Agricultural sector. Contact your Energy Efficiency Representative (EER) with any questions.

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