Comment from Mintkeski, Walt

I wish to congratulate the Northwest Power and Conservation Council for producing a draft power and conservation plan for the next 20 years which calls for meeting our region's electricity demand with efficiency standards and new clean energy without building new fossil-fueled power plants or increasing emissions. However, the plan needs to advocate cap-and-trade (carbon tax) policies and CO2 reduction targets which are already public policy in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. For example, Oregon calls for a 75-percent reduction in 1990's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which the Council has determined will only be reached with a virtual elimination of coal from the power system. Therefore, the Plan needs to create goals and strategies which gradually reduce the region's coal power and assoicated greenhouse gas emissions. Thank you.