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Council Spotlight

News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest


Issues for Next F&W Program


Increased spill at dams, hatchery fish versus wild fish, salmon back to the Columbia River in British Columbia — as 2013 draws to a close, the Fish and Wildlife Committee and division staff are digging into these and other issues that arose from more than 480 recommendations to amend the Program. Read more

Upcoming Meetings

JAN 14-15 : Council Meeting, Portland

JAN 15 : Resource Strategies Advisory Committee, Portland

JAN 23 : Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project, Portland

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

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7th plan

The Seventh Power Plan

At the December Council meeting, Power Division Director Charlie Black walked through a draft schedule for the Seventh Northwest Power Plan's development. All the dates are draft, but a general timeline places the plan's adoption by the Council sometime near the end of 2015.

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Scientists to Review Spill Experiment

Stressing that it was not making a decision but seeking more information to inform a decision next year, the Council asked the Independent Scientific Advisory Board this month to review a proposal to increase spill over Snake and Columbia river dams in the spring for 10 years.

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If Electricity Rates Go Up, Will My Bill Go Up, Too?

When you hear that your utility's electricity rates are increasing, you probably assume it means your electricity bill will be higher, too. But not necessarily. It depends on whether the increase is to pay for things like new generation or investing in energy efficiency.

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Extreme Weather and the Power System

John Fazio, senior power systems analyst, talks about an upcoming report on extreme weather and the Northwest’s power system. The report will be presented to the Council at its January meeting.

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Group Will Bring Expertise, Diverse Perspectives to Seventh Power Plan Advisory Role

As development of the Council's Seventh Power Plan begins, the roles that its advisory committees play will be a focus of attention. They provide opportunities for the region's many interests to participate in reviewing and informing the plan as it is being developed.

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