The Integrated Program Review allows interested parties to see and comment on all relevant Federal Columbia River Power System capital and expense spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR occurs every two years, or just prior to each rate case, and is the public review for the costs that will be recovered through rates the following two-year rate period. Topics to be covered within the process include transmission, federal hydro, facilities, information technology, energy efficiency, fish and wildlife, grid modernization and other programs.
BP-22 Integrated Program Review 2
The Bonneville Power Administration indicated the potential need to hold a second BP-22 Integrated Program Review process in the BP-22 IPR closeout report and other forums. The purpose of a second IPR was to address economic uncertainty resulting from COVID-19 and impacts related to the Columbia River System Operations environmental impact statement, the results of which were unknown while developing the IPR funding levels.
With the closing of fiscal year 2020 and the subsequent months, the uncertainty initially driving the need for the additional process has diminished.
On Jan. 15, BPA communicated a decision to initiate a second Integrated Program Review process in March that will include the Transmission capital program. BPA recognizes that customers are interested in discussing the Transmission capital program assumptions that were incorporated into the proposed transmission rates in the BP-22 proceeding.
BPA has issued a letter for the BP-22 Integrated Program Review 2 process. The final spending levels will be incorporated into the power and transmission rates for the next rate period, which covers fiscal years 2022 and 2023.
The IPR 2 process will kick-off with a workshop on March 2 followed by a public comment period and will close with the issuance of a final closeout report at the end of April. The IPR 2 is limited in scope to the following topics:
IPR 2 Publications:
IPR 2 Workshop Information:
When: March 2, 2021
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Phone Bridge: 1-415-527-5035
Meeting number (access code): 199 557 8537
Meeting password: E6XxD5ew6F@
BPA does not expect the IPR 2 workshop to focus on issues pending before the administrator in the BP-22 Rate Case, but out of an abundance of caution, BPA is providing prior notice of the meeting pursuant to BPA’s Rules of Procedure governing section 7(i) hearings and noting that matters relevant to issues pending in the BP-22 proceeding may be discussed.
BP-22 Integrated Program Review
- The BP-22 IPR follows the cost-management objective outlined in the 2018 – 2023 Strategic Plan to hold the sum of program costs, by business line, at or below the rate of inflation through 2028.
- BPA will incorporate the new program plan structure and updated strategic asset management plans into the IPR.
- BPA will produce a detailed publication on the budget process and spending levels as well as specific information on program spending levels. The publication will be posted June 12 along with the underlying data tables in advance of the kickoff meeting and workshops.
- The public process began on June 15, and will last approximately 6 weeks.
- Workshops on specific programs were held on June 16 and June 17.
A public comment period ran from June 15 to July 31 to collect feedback on the proposed capital and expense spending forecasts for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 before they are included in the BP-22 Initial Proposal. In response to requests for the Strategic Asset Management Plans, BPA hosted a SAMPs workshop on Oct. 13 and made the SAMPs publically available on the Strategic Asset Management Plan webpage.