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NORTHWEST POWER PLANNING COUNCIL CALLS FOR REDUCTION IN BTU TAX ON HYDROPOWER AND ANNOUNCES BUDGET CUTS

 PORTLAND, Ore., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northwest Power Planning Council today sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging that the proposed Btu tax on hydroelectric power be significantly reduced, according to the council. The letter notes that the Btu tax on hydropower should be only 36 percent of the proposed level if it had been calculated in the same way as the proposed tax on other fuels.
 "It is important that the council was able to come together on this issue because lowering the Btu tax on hydroelectricity is clearly in the best interest of the region," council Chairman Stan Grace of Montana said.
 The letter points out that hydropower is a renewable resource which significantly reduces dependence on fossil fuels and does not discharge air pollutants or carbon dioxide which may contribute to global warming.
 "Large amounts of power from hydroelectric dams in the Northwest are sold to utilities in California and other Southwest states to displace gas fired generation... If the cost of that power is made less competitive, it will result in higher electricity costs and greater pollution in the Southwest and inhibit the ability of the Northwest to mitigate the environmental damages of the existing hydroelectric system," wrote Grace.
 "The costs of fish and wildlife mitigation efforts and the need for new resources for the region are already requiring significant increases in electricity rates. The effect of the Btu tax, as proposed, on top of these rate increases will do serious damage to the Northwest economy and the ability of the region to carry out the mandates of the Northwest Power Act," Grace explained.
 During the same meeting, the council approved a draft of the revised 1994 budget, reducing by at least 5 percent the proposal submitted last year. The proposed 1995 budget will be reduced at least 8 percent from earlier estimates.
 "During the Bonneville Power Administration's current budget crisis, the council applauds Bonneville's stringent cost-cutting goals and is committed to cutting our own budget. We have reduced the council's 1994 and 1995 budgets to levels below our 1992 budget," said Chairman Grace. Under the Northwest Power Act of 1980, the council is funded through Bonneville rates.
 In a letter to Bonneville Administrator Randall Hardy, the council also said it will return to Bonneville at least $250,000 from its current budget. Last year, the council returned almost $600,000 to Bonneville's operating fund.
 The council's proposed 1994 budget is about $8.4 million. The budget presented this week adopts the pay restrictions suggested by President Clinton in his State of the Union message, reduces staffing levels and cuts staff travel by 13 percent. Additional budget cuts are being reviewed by the council's state offices.
 The council's budget is available for public comment for the next 60 days. Call 800-222-3355 to get a copy. The council will give final approval to the revised 1994 and 1995 budgets at its July meeting in Jackson, Mont.
 The Northwest Power Planning Council was created by Congress in the Northwest Power Act of 1980 to do long-term electricity power planning for the Northwest and a plan to mitigate the fish and wildlife losses caused by the federal hydroelectric dams. The governors of Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington each appoint two members to the council.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Gist of the Northwest Power Planning Council, 800-222-3355/


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