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Rocky-Mountain-Power--11-Hui-Shu

Rocky-Mountain-Power--11-Hui-Shu

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 BEFORE THE IDAHO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSIONIN THE MATTER OF THEAPPLICATION OF ROCKYMOUNTAIN POWER FORAPPROVAL OF CHANGES TO ITSELECTRIC SERVICE SCHEDULESAND A PRICE INCREASE OF $27.7MILLION, OR APPROXIMATELY13.7 PERCENT)) CASE NO. PAC-E-10-07)) Rebuttal Testimony of Hui Shu))))ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWERCASE NO. PAC-E-10-07November 2010
 
Shu, Di-Reb - 1Rocky Mountain Power
Q. Please state your name, business address and present position with
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PacifiCorp dba Rocky Mountain Power (the “Company”).
2A. My name is Hui Shu, my business address is 825 NE Multnomah, Suite 600,3Portland, Oregon 97232. My present position is Manager of Net Power Costs.4
Q. Are you the same Hui Shu that submitted direct testimony in this
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proceeding?
6A.
 
Yes.7
Q. What is the purpose of your rebuttal testimony?
8A.
 
The purpose of my rebuttal testimony is to respond to the adjustments proposed9by intervening parties to the Company’s filed net power costs (“NPC”) in the10current proceeding. These adjustments are proposed by Mr. Bryan Lanspery of 11the Idaho Public Utilities Commission Staff (“Staff”), Mr. Randall J. Falkenberg12of the PacifiCorp Idaho Industrial Customers (“PIIC”), and Mr. Mark T. Widmer13of Monsanto. In addition to my testimony, Company’s witnesses Mr. Chad A.14Teply addresses the adjustments proposed by Mr. Falkenberg and Mr. Widmer15regarding the Lake Side outage, Colstrip outage and Naughton outages, and Ms.16Cindy A. Crane addresses adjustment proposed by Mr. Falkenberg regarding the17Jim Bridger fuel quality.18
Recommendation for Company’s Net Power Costs
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Q. Has the Company made changes to its originally filed NPC?
20A.
 
Yes. The Company’s system NPC has decreased from $1.07 billion in the21original filing to $1.063 billion.22
 
Shu, Di-Reb - 2Rocky Mountain Power
Q. What are the reasons why the Company’s NPC decreased?
1A. This decrease of $6.5 million reflects corrections and the Company’s acceptance2of certain adjustments proposed by Staff, PIIC and Monsanto.3
Q. Please summarize the changes in NPC from your direct testimony.
4A. Exhibit No. 71 summarizes the cost impact of the corrections and adopted5adjustments that result in an NPC of approximately $1.063 billion on a total6Company basis, which is $69.0 million on an Idaho-allocated basis.7
Q. Do you have a general comment regarding the level of NPC that the
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Company has calculated and the adjustments proposed by other parties?
9A. Yes. NPC and its components are volatile and inherently difficult to forecast.10Actual operation lacks the same certainty and perfect foresight as the optimization11model used to forecast NPC in regards to the variables and constraints, such as12hourly load and market prices, availability of generation and transmission13facilities, and weather conditions that impact the amount of hydro and wind14generation. As a result, the actual operation/dispatch of the Company’s resources15may not necessarily achieve what the optimization model projects. That is, the16model optimized NPC tends to understate the actual NPC that would be incurred17for the same period. The Company’s net power costs have increased significantly18in recent years. With known changes in the Company’s resource portfolio in the19rate effective period, the normalized NPC in a historical test period further20understates the costs that the Company prudently incurs to serve its customers. In21the last general rate case, Case No. PAC-E-08-07, the Company agreed to NPC of 22$982 million, given the design of the test period. However, the actual NPC23

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