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Grant PUD commissioners usually meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 30 C Street SW, Ephrata. Staff reports usually begin at 10 a.m. The business meeting begins at 1 p.m. For more information, view the Current meeting agenda and click here for calendar.

Upcoming/Current Meeting

November 26, 2019
9:00 a.m.

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The public comment period is at 1 p.m. for most meetings. Be sure to take note of the time set aside for public comment on the agenda link above.

2019 Meeting Material Archives

November 12, 2019 - Commission Meeting
October 22, 2019 - Commission Meeting
October 8, 2019 - Commission Meeting - Budget Hearing
September 10, 2019 - Commission Meeting
August 27, 2019 - Commission Meeting
August 13, 2019 - Commission Meeting
July 23, 2019 - Commission Meeting
July 9, 2019 - Commission Meeting
June 25, 2019 - Commission Meeting
June 11, 2019 - Commission Meeting
May 28, 2019 - Commission Meeting
May 14, 2019 - Commission Meeting - Transmission Expansion Workshop
April 23, 2019 - Commission Meeting
April 9, 2019 - Commission Meeting
March 12, 2019 - Commission Meeting
February 26, 2019 - Commission Meeting
February 12, 2019 - Commission Meeting
January 22, 2019 - Commission Meeting
January 8, 2019 - Commission Meeting

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Public Comment

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Transmission Rate Development

 

Introduction to transmission cost analysis

The draft transmission cost analysis (used to determine transmission rates) is a fairly standard analysis similar to developing and proposing formula rates in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Grant PUD's goal is to ensure the rates, terms and conditions of service for wholesale sales and transmission of electric energy are just, reasonable, and not unduly discriminatory or preferential.

Borrowing from FERC language:

[T]he integrity and transparency of formula rates and their implementation are critically important in ensuring just and reasonable rates. Therefore, the Commission’s policy is that utilities include safeguards in their transmission formula rate protocols to provide transparency in the utilities’ implementation of their transmission formula rates, to ensure that the input data is the correct data and that calculations are performed consistent with the formula. Among these safeguards is a requirement for utilities to share the annual updates to their transmission rates determined pursuant to their formulas, with appropriate support, with all interested parties and to file such annual updates with the Commission on an informational basis.

The draft transmission cost analysis and subsequent formula rate design do not include any policy decisions (Grant PUD Commissioner driven), customer specific, historic, or situational adjustments. It is the result of an empirical analysis.

 

Process and timeline

Individual meeting Sign-up

Cost Study Issue responses (following draft version 1)

Cost Study Issue Responses (Following Draft 1 - updated 7.25.19)

Cost Study Issue Question responses (Following Draft 1 - Updated 8.5.19)

Cost Study Questions & Responses - BPA (08.06.19)

Cost Study Questions & Responses - BPA (08.27.19) Includes Exhibit A

DRAFT TRANSMISSION Cost Study version 1

DRAFT TRANSMISSION Cost study version 2

DRAFT TRANSMISSION Cost Study version 2 (with corrections)

May 1, 2019 Transmission rate development meeting audio

Comments on the transmission rate process & timeline

Cost allocation comments and responses

Please email any comments to transmissionrates@gcpud.org. After review all comments and responses will be posted here.

Comments received regarding Grant PUD’s transmission rate development

Comments from Bonneville Power Administration

Grant PUD appreciates BPA’s comments and willingness to participate in this important discussion. Your comments will be helpful insight as we continue down the rates development path.

(Comment 1) Grant PUD should first determine which customer contracts will be subject to the new Transmission Rate as a precursor to developing the new rate.  Setting the rates prior to knowing which contracts it will implicate could result in the proposed rate over- or under-recovering costs.  For example, a contract that is not subject to the new rate should not be included in the rate calculation; otherwise, the rate would collect revenue for the cost of that contract from all other customers while also collecting revenue from that contract, resulting in double collection for the same contract.

(Response to comment 1) Grant PUD will determine which contracts we believe will be subject to the new transmission rate and use this information to determine the appropriate billing units to be used in the rate calculation.   If a contract will be subject to the new transmission rate, Grant PUD will not use the historical revenue from the contract to reduce the annual revenue requirement.   As in all other Grant PUD rate calculations, there will be differences between the forecasted billing units and the actual billing units.


(Comment 2) We are concerned with the timeline for determining these new rates.  It is difficult to comment on cost allocation principles without knowing what issues Grant PUD is trying to address.  For example, whether a system is better characterized as 1 CP, 12 CP, or other, will likely depend on whether monthly system peaks are statistically different from each other.  Likewise, rates could potentially be used to incentivize behavior to address issues regarding urban and rural differentiation, but we cannot meaningfully comment without a proposal.  Customers will not see Grant PUD’s proposal until June 19, which only gives one month to raise and resolve all issues before the Final Proposal on July 24. 

(Response to comment 2) Grant PUD has provided an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input regarding their cost allocation principals before the rate is even proposed, enabling those comments to be considered in the development process.  The first issue is what costs are associated with the provision of transmission service. The ultimate issue that Grant PUD is trying to address is what is a fair, just, and reasonable rate for transmission given the costs necessary to provide that service.

Comments from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Grant PUD appreciates USBR’s comments and willingness to participate in this important discussion. USBR’s comments address cost, policy and scheduling issues in the development of Grant PUD’s transmission rates.  Your comments will be helpful insight as we continue down the rates development path.

Grant PUD intends to develop rates based on cost-causation principles and implement those rates and principles as directed in policy by Grant PUD’s Board of Commissioners.

Regarding Item number 6 - “Please clarify what factors are driving replacement of the 2014 COSA methodology:”

Concerns were raised based on the results in the previous Cost of Service Study (COSS).  Grant PUD leadership desires to have a fresh look at COSS issues in order to continue the discussion regarding transmission rate development. 

Regarding Item number 7 (timeline):

The timeline is driven by the goal to have the new rates in place as a part of the Reserve Power Delivery contract between USBR and Grant PUD by the October 1, 2019 deadline.

Comments from Quincy-Columbia District's and East Columbia District
Thank you for your comments and willingness to identify issues that will help clarify and inform the transmission rate development going forward.

Your comments identify procedural, cost, policy and potential legal issues outlined as:
  • Rates must be developed pursuant to established cost-causation principles
  • The 12 month non-coincident peak method should be used
  • There should be four separate rates
  • The wheeling rate should only incorporate transmission-related costs associated with the facilities formerly owned by the Federal Government
  • Rate shock should be avoided
  • The transmission system and distribution system capital investment costs should be allocated on a separate basis
  • Rates should not include costs associated with BPA transmission purchase agreements
  • Rates should not include costs associated with wheeling power from Grant PUD’s own power supply resources
  • Rates should only incorporate the tax-related costs actually levied on this wholesale transmission service
  • Grant PUD should host a meeting within two business days of when it posts its draft transmission rate proposal
  • The transmission rate schedule should allow 21 calendar days between the date of the posting of the draft Grant PUD transmission rate proposal and the due date for stakeholder comments

Grant PUD intends to develop rates based on cost-causation principles and implement those rates and principles as directed in policy by Grant PUD’s Board of Commissioners.

Next steps
:
We appreciate all the comments we recieved. In an effort to better understand your perspectives and provide meaningful stakeholder engagement with you, Grant PUD is convening a stakeholder meeting process to provide opportunity to review and discuss our draft transmission rate proposal when it is posted on June 19 (target date). The stakeholder meeting schedule is as follows:

June 20 – High level overview of Grant PUD’s Draft Transmission Rate Proposal

  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Location: WebEx and Grant PUD Ephrata HQ – Commission room

June 24 – Detailed review of Draft Transmission Rate Proposal

  • Time: 8:30 am – Noon
  • Location: WebEx and Grant PUD Ephrata HQ – Commission room

June 24-26 – Individual Stakeholder review meetings

  • Location: Grant PUD Ephrata HQ
  • Dates/Times: Monday afternoon (June 24), Tuesday (June 25) and Wednesday (June 26). Sign-up link/sheet (to be posted soon).

 

2019 Draft COST OF SERVICE MODEL