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Council Spotlight

News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest


Energy Efficiency Now the Northwest's Second Largest Resource, and Growing


For the eighth year in a row, energy efficiency improvements in 2012 surpassed the Council's annual target. Read more

Upcoming Meetings

FEB 11-12 : Council Meeting, Portland

FEB 21 : System Analysis Advisory Committee, Webinar, Portland

FEB 27 : Generating Resources Advisory Committee, Portland

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Kootenai River Ecological Assessment Will Be a First

With the Council’s approval this month, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho will lead development of a plan to improve ecological functions in the Kootenai River valley in northern Idaho. An assessment of wildlife losses and habitat impacts caused by the operation of Libby Dam will be the foundation of the plan.

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load growth

Low Load Growth, and What It Means for Utilities

Electricity demand in the Northwest has been flat since the mid-90s — is this the new normal?.

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cold snap

Weathering a Cold Snap

Last month's cold weather, which put water pipes to the test, was also an opportunity to see how well the region's power system fared during an extended period of extreme temperatures. At the Council's January meeting, Northwest Power Pool, Williams Northwest Pipeline, and Argus Media showed different aspects of how the system performed.

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advisory boards

Council Seeks Candidates to Serve on Its Independent Advisory Boards

The groups provide advice and recommendations on environmental and energy issues in the Columbia River Basin. Deadlines are February 25 for the Economic Advisory group, and February 28 for the Scientific Review and Advisory Board groups.

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Oregon, Montana will lead Council

Members of the Council today elected Bill Bradbury, one of Oregon’s two members, to a second term as chair of the regional energy planning agency. Bradbury also was chair in 2013, and vice chair in 2012. The Council also elected Montana member Jennifer Anders vice chair.

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Resource Strategies Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

The Council's Resource Strategies Advisory Committee held its first meeting in January. The committee, which brings together a diverse range of interests, will advise the Council, its power commitee, and staff on regional power resource strategies and related matters during the development of the Council's Seventh Power Plan. 

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