Northwestern Energy (NWE) has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a 53.8% increase in their Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), effective July 1. BEC takes delivery of its power supply through NWE’s transmission system at 10 delivery points (substations). Consequently, the proposed increase would impact BEC’s transmission delivery budget by approximately $250,000 per year. If approved in full by FERC, this increase would not directly affect rates charged to members, however the increase would decrease the annual margins available to be allocated to members. BEC has intervened with FERC on this matter and will continue to monitor and review the process and work with other impacted parties. BEC’s OATT intervener filing is available on BEC’s website.
As of July 1, FERC has approved NWE’s filing subject to refund after an extended hearing process where NWE will have to defend all objections brought forth by all of the interveners in the case.
Watch for further information on this subject as the hearing process proceeds.
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