This article addresses the impact of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act, focusing on two issues: (1) proposed administrative procedures, and (2) the BPA purchase authority. Purchase authority permits the BPA to purchase additional electric energy beyond the hydroelectric and thermal power it already markets. Purchase authority was at the heart of the debate over the regional power legislation. The administrative procedures the agency may adopt will establish the framework for many of the BPA's majority policy decision. Discussion of these issues necessarily involves an analysis of how the legislation will affect the BPA's actions.
James O. Luce and Janet W. McLennan, Acquisition of Energy Resources Under The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act: A Look At The Future, 5 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 61 (1981).