Comment from Woodruff, Liz

November 6, 2009 Mark Walker, Director of Public Affairs Northwest Power and Conservation Council 851 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97204. Dear Council Members and Staff of the NWPCC: My name is Liz Woodruff and I am an Energy Policy Analyst for the Snake River Alliance. These comments are not the official comments of my organization, but are supplemental to the comments that will be submitted on behalf of the Alliance by Ken Miller. Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on the draft 6th Power Plan provided by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. I understand the importance of this planning for the future energy security and prosperity of the Northwest Region and appreciate the time and expertise the council members and staff have committed to this effort. First and foremost, I would like to offer my support and congratulations to the NWPCC for their emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation in this draft 6th Power Plan. Recently released reports like those from the Northwest Energy Coalition (“The Power of Efficiency” and “Brighter Future”) affirm the reality that we can make energy efficiency the first and fundamental approach to addressing our energy needs and this draft plan manifests that reporting in its recommendations for forecasting and planning energy policy in the Northwest. The fundamental achievement of the Draft 6th Power Plan is the way in which it underlies the need for increased energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energy as the resources of first choice above fossil fuel energy production. This plan, as has been the case in past planning documents from the NWPCC, is highly influential in the region as a whole, and in Idaho in particular. The 5th Power Plan’s influence helped lead the way to the recognition of energy efficiency and renewable energy as the cornerstones of responsible energy policy in the 2007 Idaho Energy Plan. From the Office of Energy Resources, to the three Idaho IOUs, to the Legislature and the PUC, the forecasting and recommendations of the NWPCC are held in high esteem and used as a primary resource in Idaho’s energy planning. With your influence in mind, I ask that you re-evaluate the role of this draft plan in helping to set more stringent carbon-reduction goals for the region. As climate legislation moves federally, it is essential that Idaho is well-positioned to compete within a new climate-centric marketplace. By aggressively addressing the need for carbon-reduction through recommending the phasing out of fossil-fuel plants, requesting the integration of a realistic assessment of carbon costs by all regional utilities in their resource planning, and highlighting the need for a robust integration of renewable energy, this plan should lay the groundwork for our region’s preparedness to compete in the new low-carbon economy. In conclusion, I suggest the following two additions to what is currently an excellent draft that could and should go even further towards securing this region’s energy future: 1) The final plan must do more than keep climate emissions flat. It must focus on enabling the reduction of climate emissions. 2) The final plan should help utilities incorporate carbon prices into their resource planning by including the potential $47/ton cost of carbon in the plan. Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on this critical issue and thank you for your work. Best, Liz Woodruff Energy Policy Analyst Snake River Alliance 350 N. 9th Street, Suite B10 Boise, ID 83702 Phone: (208) 344-9161 Fax: (208) 331-0885 lwoodruff@snakeriveralliance.org www.snakeriveralliance.org