Publication date: 08/20/2001
BPA Customers Save Energy and Avoid Large Rate Hike
August 16, 2001
The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has announced that the Pacific Northwest’s utilities and industries committed to reducing electrical demand by a total of 2,277 MW, which helped to avoid a potential 250% rate hike. Because of this demand reduction, BPA will instead increase its rates by 46% as of October 1. A drought in the Pacific Northwest has led to limited hydroelectric resources.