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Regional Hydropower Potential Is Lower than Federal Estimate

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Last April, a study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy and conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory identified the Pacific Northwest as having the greatest potential for new hydroelectric development in the country — 25,226 megawatts of new capacity or 32 percent of the identified national potential new supply. Read more.

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"The Objectives Process" Begins

One of the most important commitments to fish in the Council’s new Fish and Wildlife Program has the distinction of being absolutely vital yet almost impossibly complex and, at first blush, intensely bureaucratic: How are the fish doing?

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Assessing Future Generating Resources for Energy, Capacity, Flexibility

The Council’s Power Planning Division staff is developing the Seventh Power Plan resource strategy, essentially a blueprint for acquiring generating resources and energy efficiency to meet future demand for electricity.

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Implementing the 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program

In October, the Council approved the latest version of its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, revised every five years. Now the Council is beginning to discuss how it will be implemented.

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