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Council Spotlight

News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest


Designing for Efficiency


A Boise energy design lab is setting up art and architecture students for careers in energy efficiency while also working with building owners, designers, and the local electric utility, Idaho Power Company, to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings and those under design. Read More

Upcoming Meetings

NOV 21 : Conservation Resources Advisory Committee

DEC 10-11 : Council Meeting, Portland

DEC 15 : Regional Technical Forum Meeting, Portland

FEB 2014 : Energy Symposium, The Utility Business Model, Portland

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Ensuring Habitat Projects Meet Scientific and Program Standards

At its November meeting, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council recommended 75 projects in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to improve conditions for fish and wildfire, primarily salmon and steelhead. Projects are funded by the Bonneville Power Administration to implement the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program.

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The Flexibility Challenge

We caught up with Bob Jenks, executive director of the CUB Policy Center, to talk about the growing need for flexibility in the region's power system. CUB's recent policy conference explored the question of how to make renewable energy, with its ups and downs in output, work on the system. Can we use the current system more efficiently to integrate renewable resources? Here's what he had to say.

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Idaho Takes Next Step in Sockeye Salmon Recovery

Completion of a new Snake River sockeye salmon hatchery in Idaho in December will inaugurate changes in how the state and its partners are working to restore the iconic species to the headwaters lakes of the Salmon River, a Snake tributary.

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Charting a Course to Clean Energy

For more than a generation, the Pacific Northwest has been a leader in acquiring energy efficiency. Since 1978, the region has reduced electricity demand by more than 5,000 average megawatts, about half of the region’s load growth. That’s enough power for Montana and Idaho combined, or more than four cities the size of Seattle. One of the reasons for this success has been the unique role that the Regional Technical Forum plays in providing a systematic way to validate energy efficiency savings for the region.

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