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Council Spotlight

News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Emerging Technologies in Power System Planning


The changing energy landscape demands new resources and technologies to keep the grid – with its influx of weather-dependent, intermittent resources – reliable and adequate. Read more.


Study Demonstrates Hatchery Fish Can Successfully Contribute to Reintroduction and Restoration Efforts

The Columbia Basin Partnership estimates that 35% of historical populations of anadromous salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin have been lost. Efforts to reintroduce fish populations to areas where they were once abundant generally relies on the help from hatchery fish. Read more.


Western Resource Adequacy Program Update

The Western Power Pool presented an update to the Council on the Western Resource Adequacy Program (WRAP), a reliability and regional planning program for the Northwest. Read more.


State Utility Commissioners Panel

The Council welcomed utility commissioners from each of the NW states at the July meeting. Montana Public Service Commission, Oregon Public Utility Commission, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and Idaho Public Utilities Commission) each shared their roles and current priorities and challenges. Read more at ClearingUp.


FY 2024 and Preliminary FY 2025 Budget Approved at July Council Meeting

Chair Allen noted that the Council received a letter from the four NW governors about the Council’s current budget constraints and expressing their support for a collaborative solution. Read more.

Upcoming Meetings

AUGUST 15-16: Council Meeting in Portland

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