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Council Spotlight

News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest


Energy Efficiency Will Help Meet EPA's Carbon Rules


As a region, the Northwest has a decided advantage in meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emission rules for power plants: energy efficiency and our success in achieving it. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Read more

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BPA Anticipates Meeting Energy Efficiency Targets

Richard Génecé, vice president of energy efficiency at the Bonneville Power Administration, briefed the Council in August on the agency's accomplished and projected energy savings. Génecé said the agency is on track to meet the targets set in the Council’s Sixth Power Plan.

“That is cause for celebration and a good-news story,” he said.

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Northwest Hydroelectric Association to Conduct Hydropower Scoping Study

The Council has contracted the Northwest Hydroelectric Association to conduct a scoping study on the region's hydropower potential. The study is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

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