comment due (extended to Dec. 2) irrigation power cost reports
reports, called the Klamath Basin Affordable Power Studies
Power Cost Benchmark Report and Klamath River Basin
America’s Water Infrastructure Act Affordable Power Measures
Report are available at www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/programs/affordable-power.html
KBC NOTE: these
are the two reports to be commented on:
KWUA initially hosted a Sept. 10 meeting to inform the
public about the process and status of the report.
Reclamation, which is planning to have the report completed
by Dec. 31, has hosted meetings every other week since for
KWUA’s Power Committee as well as Upper Basin irrigators to
Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA), approved by U.S. Congress
in 2018, requires that Reclamation complete a congressional
report identifying the average costs paid for power by
irrigation water users at similarly situated Reclamation
projects in the Pacific Northwest and provides a plan for
bringing power costs for local irrigators down to that
level, according to a news release.
For around 90
years, irrigation power users have in the region operated
with power rates based on special contracts with PacifiCorp.
When those contracted ended in 2006, rates increased.
it clear that we needed to develop a report on power costs
for irrigators in the Klamath Basin based on local input,”
said Jeff Nettleton, who manages the Klamath Basin Area
Office, in a news release. “We’ve worked closely with
irrigators and other stakeholders to make that happen.”
Users Association Vice President Ben DuVal, who is also a
member of the Power Committee, spoke favorably of the
collaboration with Reclamation on the effort.
pleased with how Reclamation has managed this process and
engaged us,” DuVal said in a news release.
stressed the need to follow through on the work.
Congressional Delegation gave us a great start by requiring
this report; we will need to take that road map and use it
to get to where we need to be on affordable power,” DuVal
both reports must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 22.
be submitted via hand delivery, or mail at: Power Report,
Bureau of Reclamation, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR,
97603. Those submitting comments must do so by midnight on
Nov. 22 at email@example.com.
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Comments for both reports must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., Nov.
22. Extended to Dec 2!
Comments will be accepted through December 2, 2019. Comments may
be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
before midnight. By mail or hand delivery they must arrive by
4:30 p.m. to 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.
For those with questions, contact Mike Neuman at 541-883-6935 or
email@example.com or Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 or
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