BPA Raises Rates for Some
by Ted Sickinger
Bonneville Power Administration will raise wholesale power rates for its consumer-owned utility customers, such as in Vancouver, Canby and Eugene, by 7.8 percent in October.
That's a bit less than the increase the federal power marketing agency was talking about a month ago, and far less than the 12 to 20 percent range that was discussed last year.
BPA sells power generated by 31 federal hydroelectric dams and a nuclear plant to about 140 publicly owned utilities in the region.
The agency said Tuesday that driving the rate hike are the capital costs of rehabbing aging dams, fuel purchases and repairs at the Columbia Generating Station -- the region's only nuclear plant -- and fish and wildlife mitigation costs.
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