Save the Date: NRU Webinar on Rate Case Issues – Sept. 10th at 9am Pacific
NRU will host a webinar to discuss and seek feedback on a variety of BP-22 and TC-22 issues, including:
BPA’s latest offer to change the net secondary revenue rate design
Transmission losses and pricing
EIM implementation and costs/benefits
Your guidance will inform comments that are due to BPA the week of September 14. If you are unable to participate in the webinar, please be sure to share your thoughts with Megan (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the webinar. Materials will be distributed in advance.
What: NRU Webinar on BP-22 and TC-22 Issues
September Carbon Forum is Cancelled
The previously scheduled public power/BPA carbon forum on September 14th is cancelled due to conflicting meetings and work priorities. We plan to resume in October (likely Tuesday, October 13th at 2:30pm Pacific because 10/12 is a federal holiday). Be sure to provide any suggested topics for future meetings to Megan (email@example.com).
NRU Submits Comments to the CAISO on Proposed Revisions to EIM Governance
As we have discussed over the years, one of our main priorities in considering BPA joining the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) is governance. While the CAISO itself is inherently California-centric, the EIM has an expanding footprint across the West – unsurprisingly, those outside of California want a more representative and independent governance structure.
NRU has strongly supported the need for a governance structure that is more independent, transparent, inclusive and representative of the expanding EIM footprint. Specifically for us, this means representation from Pacific Northwest public power and BPA.
Starting in late 2018, the CAISO began a process to comprehensively review the governance structure and propose modifications for stakeholder comment. The first step was defining and selecting the Governance Review Committee (GRC), where we successfully got two Pacific Northwest representatives (Suzanne Cooper from BPA and Therese Hampton from PGP) on the 14-member committee.
The GRC recently released a straw proposal outlining changes to the EIM governance structure, which were largely aligned with NRU’s stated positions. The proposal increases the role, relevancy and durability of the EIM Governing Body and also provides an opportunity for public power and Power Marketing Administrations (e.g., BPA) representatives to serve on an existing advisory committee (although without voting rights).
Attached are the comments NRU submitted today expressing general support for the improvements to create a more representative and independent governance structure. We also explicitly supported the more detailed comments submitted by PPC. If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NRU Welcomes New Member – City of Ellensburg!
Earlier this week the City of Ellensburg officially became the 54th member of NRU. Ellensburg will be represented on the NRU Board by Buddy Stanavich, Power and Gas Manager for the Public Works and Utilities Department. Buddy brings many years of experience and strong enthusiasm for public power. Please join us in welcoming the City of Ellensburg to NRU.
Ellensburg is joining NRU because of our collaborative and measured approach to working through policy issues with BPA and our unrelenting advocacy for the Load Following customers. By joining, the City of Ellensburg receives all the benefits and value of being an NRU member while at the same time increasing our scale and strengthening our voice with BPA and others in the region.
NRU Meets with New Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) Executive Director
Bill Edmonds recently took over the helm at the NWPCC. He is only the third Executive Director of the Council in its forty year history; the press release announcing his hire and sharing some information on Bill can be found here. Considering how important the Council is to the region and BPA in particular, John reached out to Bill to introduce NRU, share information about NRU and the work we do and to learn about Bill and his vision for his role with the Council. Their initial meeting was brief, but he took away the impression that Bill is very interested in increasing collaboration between the Council and public power and taking a pragmatic approach to many of the issues the Council is charged with addressing. The meeting ended with a commitment from both Bill and NRU to have regular meetings to build and sustain a relationship that will be mutually beneficial for NRU and the Council.
BPA Administrator Selection Process
Just this morning, the Department of Energy (DOE) named John Hairston, BPA’s current COO, as acting Administrator. Please see the attached press release from BPA for details and comments from Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette.
NRU continues to stay actively engaged in the selection process for the permanent BPA Administrator. Following up on letters sent to both the Department of Energy and the Northwest Congressional delegation, NRU is coordinating with staff at DOE to arrange a phone conversation with Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity. Assistant Secretary Walker has been to the Northwest on several occasions and has a good grasp on the importance of filling the BPA Administrator role with a highly qualified candidate. Our outreach to Walker is centered on reinforcing the need to identify and appoint a candidate who can capably fill the operational and political aspects of the Administrator role while understanding the history and importance of public power and preference. Our messaging will also include offering NRU as a resource directly connected to 54 of BPA’s Load Following customers, or those who rely on BPA the most.
Energy Northwest Offers NRU Members Affordable Access to Powerful Energy Efficiency Tool
Energy Northwest has been working with Apogee to offer Apogee’s extensive online energy efficiency tools at significantly reduced pricing. The attached flyer from Energy Northwest contains details of the offer and contact information for Tim Nies, Regional Services Manager for Energy Northwest. Please contact Tim for details of the offer and any questions you might have.