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By JOHN McCALLUM
Editor 

Cheney Light to pass along BPA increase

Department is 'solid' as long as planned maintenance takes place

 

November 9, 2017

John McCallum

A conversion from circuit reclosers to vacuum circuit breakers is one of the larger projects the Cheney Light Department has been scheduled in 2018 for its substations at Four Lakes and on Cheney-Plaza Road (above).

Nothing is simple when it comes to electrical power.

Take billing, for instance.

While customers look at two measures, base rate and usage costs, Cheney Light Department Director Steve Boorman has 21 different indicators from the Bonneville Power Administration to evaluate - 14 for power and seven for transmission. It's why BPA's announced increase of 5.5 percent for power isn't as simple as it seems.

"The 5.5 percent BPA increase is an average for the Pacific Northwest," Boorman said. "Each utility is different."

BPA is forecasting a 6.63 percent increase for Cheney, taking the city's pow...



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