BPA is accepting comments on its Integrated Program Review (IPR) until August 10th. The IPR process combines the previous program level review processes, replacing the Capital Program Review, Power Function Review, and Programs In Review, and allows interested parties to see all agency expense and capital spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR occurs every two years, or just prior to each rate case, and provides participants with an opportunity to review and comment on BPA's program level estimates prior to spending levels being set for inclusion in rate cases.
Energy efficiency spending and acquisition targets are a component of the IPR. On July 17th, BPA held a workshop to discuss its plan for energy efficiency in 2013 and 2014. Capital allocation for energy efficiency is currently planned to dip from this year’s planned $89M to $75M in each of the next two federal fiscal years (a 15.7% decrease). Planned acquisition (see more details in slide 6) for BPA Funded Programmatic Savings is planned to decrease from the current year’s 46 MWa to 42 MWa in 2013 and 30 MWa in 2014. BPA intends to achieve its stated goal of its share of the 6th Power Plan by relying on a planned savings of 27 MWa by utility self-funded savings and 33 MWa of “carryover” savings achieved in previous years.