Our Klamath Basin
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Klamath Water Users Association
Electrical Power Brief
Released by KWUA 3/3/05
water users face the expiration of contracts with
PacifiCorp providing affordable electrical energy
for irrigation, water conservation, and wildlife
needs in the
Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) and
representatives from PacifiCorp are currently
engaged in “Credit for Value” negotiations, and
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
settlement discussions regarding re-licensing of
Klamath River power
Overtures to KWUA indicate PacifiCorp intent
to increase power rates to
water pumping entities up to 2500% when the
current contract expires in 2006.
The Klamath Project was authorized for
irrigation and power development. The
and PacifiCorp predecessor agreed that the private
power development would supply the Project.
he current power contract was required by the
Federal Power Commission as a condition of
PacifiCorp’s original license to compensate the
retained interests of the
on behalf of the Project water users, and the
States of Oregon and
The United States Congress, with ratification
by the States of Oregon and
have created Federal Law, “The Klamath River
Compact” mandating that the waters of the
Klamath River provide
“lowest power rates which may be reasonable for
irrigation and drainage pumping…”.
pumping interest only use 15% of the current
Klamath River Generating Capacity and all the
rate-payers in PacifiCorp service area receive
rate cost benefit from the
allowing PacifiCorp to operate in the River.
Requested Support for KlamathBasinirrigators:
Assert and support continuing contractual claims
for affordable electrical power generated by
Klamath River waters.
Affirm and support compliance with Federal Law
that mandates the primary purpose of
Klamath River hydroelectric
generation is to benefit irrigation, drainage
pumping, and water well pumping.
Address adverse regional economic impacts of
proposed PacifiCorp rate increase.
Address adverse impacts on National Wildlife
Address adverse impacts on water conservation and
water quality improvement investments made by the
, and private conservation entities.