BPA proposes power, transmission rate increases

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Bonneville Power Administration has proposed rate increases averaging 6.7 percent for the power it sells largely to public utilities in its four-state Northwest area.

It's also proposed a rate increase of 5.6 percent for the transmission it manages.

The agency said in a statement Thursday a large share of the increase for power sales is a result of previous capital spending. It said integrating wind power into the system helps push up transmission costs.

The federal utility sells power produced at 31 dams and a nuclear power plant to more than 140 utilities — more than a third of regional consumption.

Its transmission grid in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana handles three-quarters of the region's power.

The increases would be effective Oct. 1 next year.

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