Lewis River Fish Collector In Service‏

Chinook, Coho salmon and steelhead trout now have a safer and easier journey to the ocean from the Lewis River in southwest Washington, where Pacific Power operates three hydroelectric dam generating electricity for customers. These units generate 578 megawatts of carbon and emission-free renewable energy.

The Merwin Fish Collector, a new fish passage device at Merwin Dam working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to collect and move adult fish upstream to 77 miles of historic river habitat. The Merwin Fish Collector has a counterpart upstream at Swift Dam, which collects migrating juvenile fish for transport to the lower river.

On April 14, 2014, Pacific Power filed a separate tariff rider (Schedule 90) with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to reflect in rates the Washington-allocated costs associated with investment in the Merwin Fish Collector.

The company’s capital investment in the Merwin Fish Collector is approximately $58.4 million (total company). The annual Washington share of the cost is approximately
$1.7 million, resulting in an overall rate increase of approximately 0.5 percent. If approved, a typical Washington customer using 1,300 kilowatt-hours per month will see an increase of 60 cents per month.

The Commission will examine Pacific Power’s request and will determine whether the schedule should be accepted as filed, modified, or not. If accepted as filed, the rate change would go into effect on June 15, 2014.

Pacific Power customers are invited to comment to the Commission. The Commission has the authority to set final rates that may be lower or higher than the company’s request, depending on the outcome of its consideration. Comment can be made by using the “Submit a Comment” feature at the Commission’s website, at utc.wa.gov, or by using the contact information below. Please refer to Docket UE-140617 in communications with the Commission.

Commission staff will make a recommendation to the commissioners at an open meeting in Olympia. These meetings are regularly scheduled every other Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

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