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BPA announced their new rates and associated customer bills effective October 1, 2019. City Light’s specific changes were: (1) no change to its power rates, (2) 3.18% increase to transmission rates and (3) approximately 3% reduction in purchase volume. This resulted in roughly $15 million lower BPA costs compared to what was used when setting 2020 retail rates. The passthrough credit will be applied to all retail energy charges. The BPA passthrough is permanent until City Light adopts new retail rates, which is scheduled for January 1, 2021.

2019 BPA Passthrough: Effective November 1, 2019

Passthrough ($/kWh)-$0.0019
Average Rate Impact-1.9%

What is the BPA Pass-through?

The BPA Pass-through is an automatic rate adjustment mechanism that allows City Light to pass through to its customers the financial impact of any increase or decrease in power and transmission rates charged by BPA. These rate changes take effect without passage of a new ordinance by the City Council. For more details see Ordinance 124182.

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