BPA reinforces financial strength through U.S. Treasury payment

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration completed its annual U.S. Treasury payment Oct. 4, on time and in full. The total payment was $950.6 million for fiscal year 2022.

This payment, along with actions taken as part of BPA’s 2022 Financial Plan, reinforces the agency’s financial strength and demonstrates the agency has met all of its financial commitments. This year’s payment to the U.S. Treasury includes $694.2 million in principal and $193.9 million in interest. The remaining $62.5 million covers a variety of other costs, including irrigation assistance that BPA provides to help irrigators repay their share of certain Bureau of Reclamation projects.

“I am pleased to announce our 39th consecutive annual treasury payment. Completing the annual U.S Treasury payment is a significant milestone that demonstrates BPA’s ability to meet all of its financial obligations on an ongoing basis,” said Marcus Harris, BPA’s chief financial officer. “Our recently released 2022 Financial Plan places BPA on stronger financial footing, which positions us to continue making treasury payments into the future in the face of an evolving market landscape.”

BPA is a self-financed power marketing administration that receives no annual appropriation funding from Congress. Instead, BPA recovers its costs primarily through the sale of electric power and transmission services.

Each year BPA pays back to the U.S. Treasury a portion of the taxpayers’ investment in the Federal Columbia River Power System, which includes the federal hydropower dams that produce renewable electricity and the transmission system. BPA sets its rates to maintain an annual 97.5% probability of making this payment.