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Council Requests Public Comment on Draft Mid-term Assessment of the Seventh Power Plan


The mid-term assessment tracks the region's progress in implementing the resource strategy of the Council's 2016 power plan. Energy efficiency, demand response, renewable, and natural gas resources are key elements of the plan. Read more, comments due December 13.

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Small Hydro Plants Boost Snohomish PUD's Energy Supply

Two new small hydropower plants located on creeks above Snoqualmie Falls will will provide power during the high-demand winter months and add carbon-free electricity to the power supply of the Snohomish County Public Utility District.

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Electrifying the Transportation Sector in the Northwest

Demand from electric vehicles, though still modest, could become a significant new load in the region. Key to its growth is the charging station infrastructure needed to support widespread electrification.

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BPA Commits $420 Million To Columbia Fish Accord Extensions

The Council objects to language in one of the extensions and expresses concern that they may limit tribal involvement in amending the fish and wildlife program.

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‘Habitat Superheroes’ to the Rescue

Beavers provide a low-cost, low-tech method to restore habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species.

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