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Revived proposal, certain to be opposed by regional business and political leaders, would impact ratepayers throughout the Northwest.


FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS: KEVIN DOOLEY - President Trump's proposed budget includes a plan to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission assets.
The Trump administration wants to sell off publicly owned utility transmission lines. The most recent budget proposal also suggests a move that could raise rates for Bonneville Power Administration customers.

The proposal isn't sitting well with Northwest politicians, Bonneville Power Administration customers, or clean energy advocates.

A similar plan also faced strong opposition when the Trump administration proposed selling off the BPA's transmission lines last May. This time around there's an additional plan to generate revenue: changing how BPA sets its power rates.

That could mean customers will pay more, said Scott Corwin, the executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents many BPA customers.

"It looks like it's a regional hit to businesses and residents here without any added benefit," Corwin said.

The BPA operates about three-quarters of the high-voltage transmission systems in its territory, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

To read the rest of this story, see: www.opb.org/news/article/trump-budget-proposes-selling-off-bpa-again/

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