Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) new energy conservation and renewable-resource development program is designed to help relieve the Northwest's current electricity shortage, save salmon and help meet its need for new power resources.
More than US$200 million will be available to fund conversation and renewable-energy activities in the next five years from this program alone. Regional utilities that buy power from BPA and choose to participate will get a discount on their wholesale power bill if they agree to invest in conservation measures or renewable resources. Each utility decides how to spend its discount funds to achieve the desired results for its service area.
“Given the current and projected price of power on the market, conservation and renewables can come at very attractive prices,” said Steve Wright, acting administrator. “Our customers are eager to pursue these opportunities.”
“Installation of local renewable generation by individual customers qualifies for the discount,” said John Pyrch, BPA's conservation manager.
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