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Affordable Power Program
Klamath Basin Power Alliance--Affordable Power Program
(Print, complete, sign and return BOTH forms to KWAPA, 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000, PO Box 1282, Klamath Falls, OR 97601 or fax to 541-883-8893.) If questions, please call 541-850-2503. We know everyone is busy with harvesting, therefore we have extended the Submission Deadline to November 30th, HOWEVER, if you can get them to us earlier it would be much appreciated.
Klamath Water and Power Agency (“KWAPA”) and the Upper Klamath Water Users Association (“UKWUA”) are starting a public outreach program regarding the Klamath Basin Power Alliance Affordable Power Program with the goal of lowering total power costs for agricultural irrigation in the Upper Klamath Basin. KWAPA and UKWUA developed a Management Entity now called Klamath Basin Power Alliance (“KBPA”), an Oregon non-profit corporation formed pursuant to the Oregon Non-Profit Corporation Act and Section 17.4 of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, to develop and oversee an Affordable Power Program, including the use of federal power to lower electricity costs for Klamath Basin irrigators. KBPA and its operating entity, KWAPA, are committed to the Klamath Basin agricultural community and using common authority of member irrigation districts to work towards locally based solutions to agricultural energy issues.
The Bureau of Reclamation and KBPA are presently working with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on the acquisition of federal preference power based on projected power loads. An essential aspect of this process is identifying the potential electric load. KBPA must be able to inform BPA as to how much power will be needed and when it will be needed. KBPA believes power may be purchased from BPA for agricultural use at a lower rate than the tariff power rate that Pacificorp will charge. You can view the video on www.kwapa.org of the information meeting held on October 3, 2011, to hear more about the Affordable Power Program.
The electric power loads eligible for this program include the types of irrigation and drainage pumping loads historically subject to PacifiCorp Oregon Rate Schedule 33 and California Rate Schedule 20. Those schedules were developed under contracts between the agricultural community and California Oregon Power Company (COPCO). Pacific Power bills can help irrigators determine if their electric load may qualify. The Rate Schedule is noted on the Pacific Power bills next to the Meter Item descriptions on the Summary Page. Additional eligibility criteria may apply prior to final program enrollment and will be communicated at a later date.
Irrigators who may want to participate in the program will be asked to complete an application of interest in the KBPA Agricultural Power Program and authorize PacifiCorp to allow the Program to access historical electric agricultural load data. This does not commit you to participate. HOWEVER, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THE APPLICATION BECAUSE WE CAN ONLY INCLUDE YOUR USEAGE IN OUR ESTIMATE OF THE POWER LOAD IF YOU COMPLETE THE APPLICATION.
KWAPA is asking interested individuals to submit their Applications and Release forms by November 30 for use in calculating the estimated power load in a timely manner. Please return to KWAPA, 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000 or mail to PO Box 1282, Klamath Falls, OR 97601.
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