2021 power plan

2021 Power Plan Update

MARCH 2020

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s 2021 Power Plan Update delivers the latest news on the development of the region’s power plan. The newsletter is an occasional update on the status of the plan, topics of interest, and upcoming meetings to encourage your involvement in shaping our energy future. Learn more about the plan.

Exploring Key Power Supply Questions Through Scenario Analysis


The Council’s regional power plan is not just an opinion of how the region should supply electricity. It is a strategy developed through a rigorous analytical process, conducted in the public sphere, where interested parties are invited to participate. Read more.

Upcoming Meetings

MARCH 10: System Integration Forum meeting on Plan Scenarios
Council staff will review technical and planning information related to the scenarios identified for analysis in the 2021 Power Plan. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend in person or via webinar.

MARCH 17-18: Council Meeting, Portland

Advisory Committees:

   MARCH 31: Conservaton Resources (CRAC)

   APRIL 22: Demand Response (DRAC)

   MONTHLY: System Analysis and Modeling (SAAC)

More energy-related meetings

More News


Lower Load Growth is Forecast Over the Next 30 Years

Demand for electricity in the Northwest is expected to remain low over the next 20-30 years, thanks in part to the growing use of on-site solar generation at homes and businesses. Read more.


Assessing Geothermal Energy Potential

The Pacific Northwest is literally a hotbed of geothermal activity. Part of the so-called Ring of Fire, an area of volcanoes and seismic activity, with hot spots deep within the Earth's mantle, the region is a prime location for geothermal energy. Read more.


Rollback of Efficiency Standards for Light Bulbs Creates Challenges in Setting Efficiency Targets for 2021 Power Plan

The past two years have seen upheaval around federal efficiency standards for several appliances, including dishwashers and clothes washers, but especially for lightbulbs. Read more.