BPA settles public utilities lawsuit

Published on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 by ara Nelson

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BPA settles public utilities lawsuit

By Tara Nelson

Blaine ratepayers might see a temporary reduction in their electricity bill soon, after the city was awarded a rebate from a lawsuit against the Bonneville Power Administration.

Blaine finance director Meredith Riley said the city is expecting a $258,000 check from BPA sometime within the next month, pending final approval from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Riley said a number of public utilities in the Northwest thought they were paying a higher rate than private companies who had agreements with BPA and filed suit.

The city will likely pass it through to the approximately 2,900 customers as soon as it receives the funds. How it indends to do that is still in question, however.

The question will be left up to the Blaine city council, who will make the final decision at their March 24 meeting.

“We might just reduce the kilowatt rate for a month or something,” she said. “But we can’t really say yet.”

BPA officials said in a press release they have made several changes to final contracts it will offer Northwest public and private owned utilities in the future.