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July 30, 2020
Re: CPUC 11-05-002
Dear Ms. Batjer,
I assume you may be aware that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 16, 2020 handed down an order in the effort of PacifiCorp and KRRC to transfer the hydro license for the Klamath Dams to KRRC as a first step towards potential demolition. The FERC in its wisdom and with a great deal of public input wisely decided that PacifiCorp could not shed the license and liability for the destruction that will result from removal of these hydro- electric clean energy facilities. Instead the FERC reasoned that KRRC and PacifiCorp could be co-licensees. This was not the result that PacifiCorp expected and it has subsequently invoked the Notice of Termination provision in the Amended KHSA subject to the “meet and confer” requirements therein.
We are writing you as representatives of many ratepayers in our area who are members, as well as intervenors in the FERC action and as intervenors in the CPUC action. We are requesting that the CPUC immediately suspend the transfer of rate payer funds to KRRC. The payment of these funds which were charged to the ratepayers is controlled through a Funding Agreement between CPUC and KRRC. This suspension should last through and until a final agreement is reached between FERC and PacifiCorp which is acceptable to all parties.
In Petitions filed with CPUC as part of the hearing process the County of Siskiyou as well as Siskiyou Water Users raised the issue of the lack of experience and funding of KRRC who was put forth as the Dam Removal Entity. These concerns are shared by many others including evidently the FERC Commission who rendered the above decision.
We would appreciate an early response to our request in order to preserve as much as possible the remaining funds which have been collected from the ratepayers and may be used for fish ladders or alternative systems. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
President, Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc.
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