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BPA Residential Exchange Credit

The Residential Exchange Program or “REP” is administered by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The intent of this program is to provide residential and small farm customers of Pacific Northwest utilities with access to low-cost Federal power. When BPA determines that a utility qualifies for the program, then certain utility customers are automatically enrolled and receive financial benefits from BPA. The PUD passes along this monthly BPA REP benefit to a specific group of its customers as a rate credit on their monthly power bills. This credit offsets BPA power costs and helps keep rates stable for residential customers.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about this credit.

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What is the BPA residential exchange program (REP)?

The Northwest Power Act of 1980 created the Residential Exchange Program (REP), administered by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The intent of this program is to provide residential and small farm customers of Pacific Northwest utilities with access to low-cost Federal power. BPA’s REP allows participating utilities, like Snohomish PUD, to pass the financial benefits of the low cost Federal Columbia River Power System on to certain eligible customers, through a BPA REP benefit or credit. This credit appears on certain PUD customers’ monthly power bills.  

Who is eligible to receive BPA REP benefits?

If you are a PUD customer on the Schedule 7 Residential Rate Schedule and have lived at your address since October 1, 2015, you have likely received the BPA Residential Exchange Program benefit. You can also check your monthly PUD statement. At the top of the statement, the PUD notes a BPA REP rate credit. 

Is eligibility for the BPA REP similar to the PUD’s Low Income Discount Program?

No. The BPA Residential Exchange Program rate credit is separate and different from the PUD’s Low-Income Discount Program and has different eligibility requirements.  

What is the average amount of the BPA REP rate credit?

The BPA REP rate credit is allocated to the customers under the PUD Schedule 7 Residential Rate and is currently $.00064 per kilowatt hour, or approximately a total of $6.00 per year for the average residential customer.

When does the BPA REP benefits expire?

The PUD has received REP benefits for its eligible customers on the Schedule 7 Residential Rate since October 1, 2015. BPA conducts a review every two years, and beginning October 1, 2017, BPA has deemed the PUD eligible to continue participating in the REP. At this time REP benefits will run through September 30, 2019 and are at the same level of approximately $6.00 per year for the average residential customer. 

How does a customer know if he/she is eligible for the BPA REP?

BPA establishes customer eligibility guidelines for the Residential Exchange Program. Every few years, BPA requests the PUD to formally verify that customers are still eligible to receive REP benefits for the meter(s) listed under their PUD account.

Where can I find out more about what types of electric usage meet the BPA criteria to be able to participate in the Residential Exchange Program?

BPA’s customer eligibility guidelines are posted on its website (click here to view). You may also contact us with questions at 425-783-8096 during business hours.