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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest


2014 Columbia River sockeye return sets a record


The 2014 sockeye run in the Columbia River is the largest since fish-counting began at the dam in 1938. By July 13, 2014, more than 574,000 fish had passed the dam on their way to spawn in British Columbia, north-central Washington, and Idaho. The previous record was 516,000 in 2012. Next year’s run could be even bigger, based on the number of jacks in this year’s return. Jacks are immature fish that are considered a predictor of the next season’s run size. Read more

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Two Energy Efficiency Experts Join Council Staff

Tina Jayaweera is the new senior energy efficiency analyst, replacing Charles Grist who was promoted to manager of conservation resources when Tom Eckman was promoted to director of power planning. Jennifer Anziano is the new Regional Technical Forum manager, replacing Nick O’Neil. Ms. Anziano will help manage the forum as it develops energy efficiency measures throughout the Northwest.

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Power Sector Carbon Emissions in the Northwest

At the Council's July meeting, the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee presented background information on carbon emissions and the Northwest power sector. Some key points included: transportation is the largest contributor of carbon in the region; our level of carbon emissions from power production is below the national average; annual emissions fluctuate widely based on the water supply.

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Council Forecasts Broader Range for Natural Gas Prices

The Council monitors its power planning assumptions on a regular basis to identify any significant changes that would affect its power plan. It recently released its revised forecast for fuel prices, which will be used to develop its Seventh Power Plan.

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