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BPA Residential Exchange Program

The Northwest Power Act of 1980 created the Residential Exchange Program (REP), which is administered by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

The REP allows participating utilities to pass the benefits of the low-cost Federal Columbia River Power System to eligible residential, small farm and irrigation customers through credits on their power bills.

Idaho Power and BPA are parties to the REP Settlement Implementation Agreement under BPA Contract No. 11PB-12464. Through this agreement, BPA provides REP benefits to Idaho Power, which passes the benefits through to its residential, small farm and irrigation customers in Idaho and Oregon.

Under the terms of the agreement, BPA has the right to review Idaho Power’s eligible loads and make determinations regarding the benefits eligibility of Idaho Power’s customers.

BPA has developed Customer Load Eligibility Guidelines (CLEG) to provide guidance to participating utilities to help determine whether residential, small farm, and irrigation customers are eligible to receive REP benefits.

The CLEG provides guidance regarding a variety of issues related to eligibility determinations made by the utility. The CLEG is intended to be used as guidelines only, and may be revised or cancelled by BPA at any time. If Idaho Power cannot confirm a customer’s eligibility using the CLEG, BPA may be contacted to make an eligibility decision.

For purposes of the REP, BPA has provided the following definitions:


Irrigation/pumping load used for farming and agricultural purposes may receive REP benefits for up to a maximum of 222,000 kilowatt-hours per month per farm owner. Two or more parcels of farm land under the same ownership within the utility’s service area, whether contiguous or non-contiguous, are treated as a single farm.

The Customer Load Eligibility Guidelines provides more information on the REP and REP eligibility.

Contact Customer Service at 208-388-2323 or 1-800-488-6151 with questions, or email bpacredit@idahopower.com.

BPA Credit Rate Change – Effective Jan. 1, 2016

 

For Idaho Residential, Small Farm and Irrigation Customers


For Idaho Residential, Small Farm and Irrigation Customers

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) credit has changed to 0.1802 cents per kilowatt-hour.

For residential customers and small farm customers on Rate Schedule 7 or 9, this credit is identified on your monthly bill as “Federal Columbia River Benefits Supplied by BPA.” The credit for irrigation customers on Rate Schedule 24 is limited to the first 222,000 kilowatt-hours per month.

Irrigation customers will continue to receive their credit via check in December of each year.

For Oregon Small Farm, and Irrigation Customers


For Oregon Small Farm and Irrigation Customers

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) credit has changed to 0.1397 cents per kilowatt-hour. For small farm customers on Rate Schedule 7 or 9, this credit is identified on your monthly bill as “Federal Columbia River Benefits Supplied by BPA.”

The credit for irrigation customers on Rate Schedule 24 is limited to the first 222,000 kilowatt-hours per month. Irrigation customers will continue to receive their credit via check in December of each year.

For Oregon Residential Customers


For Oregon Residential Customers

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) credit has changed to 0.2546 cents per kilowatt-hour. The credit is limited to the first 1,000 kilowatt-hours used during the billing period. This credit is identified on your monthly bill as “Federal Columbia River Benefits Supplied by BPA.”

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