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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Two-Year Revision of Fish and Wildlife Program Nears End


The revision was approved in two parts, the first in January of this year and the other this month.One step remains: approval of the ‘findings’ about how the Council dealt with recommendations. Read more.

Upcoming Meetings

SEPTEMBER 15-16 : Council Meeting, Portland (all meetings are remote access only)

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Coronavirus update: Joining the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Council will make all meetings completely virtual until further notice. The work of the Council and the RTF will continue remotely, and we encourage people to join our meetings and engage with our staff and members by phone and webinar and email. We will update this as more information becomes available.

Power Plan update: Draft 2021 Power Plan release moved to February 2021.

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Electricity Price Forecast Trends: Lots of Renewables as Clean Energy Policies Drive Resource Development

John Ollis presented the preliminary findings of the Council’s wholesale electricity price forecast, used in developing the Council’s resource strategy for its regional power plan. Read more.


Idaho Congressional Staff Tours Sawtooth Hatchery and Redfish Lake

Every year since 2008, the Council has hosted staff members of the Northwest Congressional delegation and key House and Senate committees dealing with natural resources and energy on informational tours. The 2020 tour was different. Read more.


Council Supports Stricter Management of Birds that Prey on Juvenile Fish

Fish-eating birds are taking a toll on juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake Rivers, driving one species from the Upper Columbia to near extinction. Read more.


Scientists Review Resident Fish and Sturgeon Projects Across the Columbia River Basin

Independent Scientific Review Panel finds most projects meet criteria to be implemented through the Northwest Power Act. Read more.


Research is Finding Answers to Improving Lamprey Passage Success at Dams

Lamprey swim differently than salmon. Fish ladders built for salmon present a difficult obstacle, but thanks to modifications passage success is improving. Read more.

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Longtime Executive Director Steve Crow Retires from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Steve Crow retires this month after 25 years as executive director of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read more.