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Council Spotlight

News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest


Council Releases Draft 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program for Review


A revision of the largest regional fish and wildlife recovery program in the nation includes actions to improve ecosystem function, protect wild salmon and steelhead, eradicate invasive species, and restore fish runs to areas where fish passage has been blocked by dams. The Council today released a draft version of its 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program for public review. Read more

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MAY 23 : RTF Policy Advisory Committee, Portland

MAY 28 : Generating Resources Advisory Committee, Portland

JUNE 4 : Conservation Resources Advisory Committee, Portland

JUNE 10-11 : Council Meeting, Missoula

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Council Comments on NEEA's Strategic, Business Plans

The Council provided comments on the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's draft 2015-2019 strategic and business plans this month. NEEA's strategic plan identifies two major goals: filling the energy efficiency pipeline with new opportunities and creating market conditions to accelerate and sustain market adoption. In a letter to NEEA, the Council confirmed its support for both goals, especially the organization's focus on scanning for new technologies and strategic market analysis.

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The Region is Doing More, and More Efficiently

The efficiency of electricity use in the Northwest is improving – we are doing more with our power and using less to do it. And as an added bonus, the investments that utilities are making in energy efficiency are not having a detrimental effect on electricity rates.

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Snake River Fall Chinook Make an Impressive Comeback

Snake River fall Chinook salmon are making an amazing resurgence. The return of adult fish from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho rivers in 2013 was 75,846 fish. Of these, 20,222 were wild fish, a remarkable 260-percent improvement from the return in 1990, when just 78 wild fish were counted. 1990 was the year the Nez Perce Tribe and partners including the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, NOAA fisheries, the Council and many others began an effort to rebuild the stock.

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Risk of Future Power Shortages Declines in New Analysis

The likelihood of future power shortages in the Pacific Northwest has declined over the last year, an analysis by the Council shows.

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