Positive Revenue Results For BPA In FY 2012by Ben Tansey
NW Fishletter, November 12, 2012
BPA last week reported positive net revenues for the second year in a row. The agency said the figure for fiscal 2012, which ended Sept. 30, came in at $87 million--$23 million more than the rate case estimate, but $20 million less than the more recent third-quarter estimate.
Cash reserves ended at $1.022 billion, $16 million ahead of last year. The agency also reported $953 million in FY 2012 capital project spending.
Power Services had actual net revenue of $39 million on operating revenues of $2.631 billion. The result was below the $53-million rate case estimate and the third-quarter forecast of $54 million.
Revenue (revenue less power purchases and transmission acquisition) came in $128 million below the rate case forecast, despite higher-than-expected stream flows. BPA said that was due to lower market prices, lower-than-expected preference loads, higher-than-expected transmission acquisition costs and smaller-than-expected 4(h)(10)(c) fish credits.
Bonneville noted that it was able to keep expenses $113 million below the rate case forecast.
Transmission Services ended FY 2012 with net revenue of $89 million on actual revenue of $965 million. The result was more than the rate case forecast of $57 million but somewhat less than the third-quarter estimate of $97 million. BPA said revenue was higher in part because Generation Integration Persistent Deviation penalties were higher than expected.
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