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[CU 1851 / May 18, 2018]
On Paper, BPA Earned Money From Power Purchases in FY 2017 Spill
A high-water year, coupled with the modeling used to calculate BPA’s power purchases attributable to its fish and wildlife program, resulted in a negative $20.5 million in power purchase costs to operate the system for fish in fiscal year 2017, according to a draft report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. In other words, although BPA didn’t actually take in any funds, this was a $20.5 million gain.
Gas Bubble Trauma From High Water Prompts More Generation at McNary
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers got the go-ahead on May 16 to reduce spill at McNary Dam by running more water through its generators, in an effort to lower high total dissolved gas levels that is causing gas bubble trauma in Columbia River fish. The federal agency reports it has also been making adjustments at dams throughout the basin to prevent flooding in Portland and Vancouver, as the rapid snowmelt in the upper Columbia and Snake river basins continues.
IPUC Reviewing Settlement on PacifiCorp’s Energy Vision 2020 Plan
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The Idaho PUC is reviewing a settlement that would give regulatory preapproval to parts of PacifiCorp’s proposed $3.5 billion Energy Vision 2020 plan. The plan calls for developing 1,311 MW of new wind, repowering 900 MW of existing wind turbines and building a 140-mile section of transmission in Wyoming.
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