Power Division posts

In Spring 2016 the Power Division began a series of posts for discussion on LinkedIn, Facebook and other channels.

See the posts below and let us know about other topics you'd like to see addressed.




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Expanding Energy Efficiency Programs to Hard-to-Reach Markets
One of the goals of the Council's Seventh Power Plan was to ensure that all cost-effective energy efficiency measures are acquired and identify ways to improve participation ...
Apr 12

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Expanding Energy Efficiency Programs to Hard-to-Reach Markets

One of the goals of the Council's Seventh Power Plan was to ensure that all cost-effective energy efficiency measures are acquired and identify ways to improve participation ...

Apr 12  /  Carol Winkel



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Can a Heat Pump Water Heater Installed in the Northwest Reduce Emissions Near the Grand Canyon?
Say you live on the West side of the Cascades in Oregon and you just got a brand new heat pump water heater. You know you’re saving about 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a ...
Mar 19

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Can a Heat Pump Water Heater Installed in the Northwest Reduce Emissions Near the Grand Canyon?

Say you live on the West side of the Cascades in Oregon and you just got a brand new heat pump water heater. You know you’re saving about 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a ...

Mar 19  /  John Ollis



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Bonneville Power Administration and Portland General Electric announce five-year power purchase agreements
On March 7th, the Bonneville Power Administration and Portland General Electric announced five-year power purchase agreements beginning in January 2021, after the retirement of the Boardman Generating Station in 2020.
Mar 8

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Bonneville Power Administration and Portland General Electric announce five-year power purchase agreements

On March 7th, the Bonneville Power Administration and Portland General Electric announced five-year power purchase agreements beginning in January 2021, after the retirement of the Boardman Generating Station in 2020.

Mar 8  /  Ben Kujala





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Council Comments on Department of Energy's Proposed Efficiency Standards Revisions
The Council approved comments on the Department of Energy's proposal for revisions to the federal energy efficiency standards processes at its February meeting. The DOE has ...
Feb 16

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Council Comments on Department of Energy's Proposed Efficiency Standards Revisions

The Council approved comments on the Department of Energy's proposal for revisions to the federal energy efficiency standards processes at its February meeting. The DOE has ...

Feb 16  /  Carol Winkel





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What's the Least-cost Way to Lower Northwest Carbon Emissions From the Power System?
The most cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions from the power system is to replace coal generation with a combination of energy efficiency, renewable resources, and natural gas projects. And carbon pricing would be more effective than renewable standards in achieving decarbonization.
Jan 17

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What's the Least-cost Way to Lower Northwest Carbon Emissions From the Power System?

The most cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions from the power system is to replace coal generation with a combination of energy efficiency, renewable resources, and natural gas projects. And carbon pricing would be more effective than renewable standards in achieving decarbonization.

Jan 17  /  Carol Winkel






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Steve Wright’s Perspective on the State of the Electricity Industry
Steve Wright, general manager of Chelan PUD, gave a wide-ranging overview of the state of the electric utility industry at the Council’s September meeting. Before joining ...
Sep 21

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Steve Wright’s Perspective on the State of the Electricity Industry

Steve Wright, general manager of Chelan PUD, gave a wide-ranging overview of the state of the electric utility industry at the Council’s September meeting. Before joining ...

Sep 21  /  Carol Winkel


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Energy Efficiency Exchange 2018 - Call for Topics
On May 15th and 16th of 2018, energy efficiency professionals from across the region will descend on Tacoma, Washington for Energy Efficiency Exchange 2018. We’re in the midst of planning and would love to hear from you.
Sep 20

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Energy Efficiency Exchange 2018 - Call for Topics

On May 15th and 16th of 2018, energy efficiency professionals from across the region will descend on Tacoma, Washington for Energy Efficiency Exchange 2018. We’re in the midst of planning and would love to hear from you.

Sep 20  /  Garrett Herndon



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The Electric Utility Industry in a Changing World
The electric utility industry, a historically stable business, is in transition. On many fronts the sector is grappling with what it means to be an energy provider in the 21st century and how to reform an old business model.
Aug 23

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The Electric Utility Industry in a Changing World

The electric utility industry, a historically stable business, is in transition. On many fronts the sector is grappling with what it means to be an energy provider in the 21st century and how to reform an old business model.

Aug 23  /  Carol Winkel





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Northwest Will Need to Add Generating Capacity by 2021 to Maintain an Adequate Power Supply
The Council projects that the region will need to add about 400 megawatts of effective capacity in order to maintain an adequate power supply
Jul 17

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Northwest Will Need to Add Generating Capacity by 2021 to Maintain an Adequate Power Supply

The Council projects that the region will need to add about 400 megawatts of effective capacity in order to maintain an adequate power supply

Jul 17  /  Carol Winkel





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Efficiency Exchange Conference Highlights Energy Efficiency in a Changing Environment
The Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout ...
May 8

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Efficiency Exchange Conference Highlights Energy Efficiency in a Changing Environment

The Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout ...

May 8  /  Carol Winkel


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Can Electric Cars and Buses Help Power the Northwest’s Economy?
At the Council’s April meeting, Massoud Jourabchi, manager of economic analysis, and Steve Simmons, senior economic analyst, reported on the electrification of public transit ...
Apr 19

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Can Electric Cars and Buses Help Power the Northwest’s Economy?

At the Council’s April meeting, Massoud Jourabchi, manager of economic analysis, and Steve Simmons, senior economic analyst, reported on the electrification of public transit ...

Apr 19  /  Carol Winkel


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Columbia and Snake River Reservoirs Not Associated with High Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Last September, the Washington Post wrote about a study conducted by researchers at Washington State University. The study, which provides a more comprehensive look at all ...
Mar 16

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Columbia and Snake River Reservoirs Not Associated with High Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Last September, the Washington Post wrote about a study conducted by researchers at Washington State University. The study, which provides a more comprehensive look at all ...

Mar 16  /  Carol Winkel



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Northwest Forecast for Electricity Demand Growth Is Flat
Although the Council focuses on the medium and long-term outlook for electricity demand in the Northwest, it’s useful to check in to see what our neighboring regions are expecting and to gain insight into the forces that can recast forecasts over time.
Jan 24

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Northwest Forecast for Electricity Demand Growth Is Flat

Although the Council focuses on the medium and long-term outlook for electricity demand in the Northwest, it’s useful to check in to see what our neighboring regions are expecting and to gain insight into the forces that can recast forecasts over time.

Jan 24  /  Steve Simmons


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Growing Energy Efficiency and How We Measure It
Since 1978, the Northwest has saved 6,000 average megawatts of electricity, and energy efficiency is now our second largest resource after hydropower. But how do we know it’s grown that much?
Jan 3

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Growing Energy Efficiency and How We Measure It

Since 1978, the Northwest has saved 6,000 average megawatts of electricity, and energy efficiency is now our second largest resource after hydropower. But how do we know it’s grown that much?

Jan 3  /  Tina Jayaweera


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Northwest Carbon Footprint Is Low and Getting Lower
The electricity sector is the primary source of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S., followed closely by the transportation sector. Together, they account for close to 70 percent of the nation’s emissions.
Dec 21

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Northwest Carbon Footprint Is Low and Getting Lower

The electricity sector is the primary source of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S., followed closely by the transportation sector. Together, they account for close to 70 percent of the nation’s emissions.

Dec 21  /  Gillian Charles


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Flat Loads
For Northwest utilities, income from power sales and the rates charged per kilowatt-hour grew by more than 3 percent per year over the last 10 years, but customer bills grew just 1 percent per year thanks largely to warm weather and energy efficiency, both of which reduce demand for power.
Dec 20

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Flat Loads

For Northwest utilities, income from power sales and the rates charged per kilowatt-hour grew by more than 3 percent per year over the last 10 years, but customer bills grew just 1 percent per year thanks largely to warm weather and energy efficiency, both of which reduce demand for power.

Dec 20  /  John Harrison



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Wind Generation Today and Where It May Be Heading
Modern-day wind turbines are becoming more efficient and productive. If technical advances continue and the cost of wind power declines, opportunities for new wind power development are significant.
Dec 2

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Wind Generation Today and Where It May Be Heading

Modern-day wind turbines are becoming more efficient and productive. If technical advances continue and the cost of wind power declines, opportunities for new wind power development are significant.

Dec 2  /  Gillian Charles



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Fuel Of The Future?
Plant matter turned into a charcoal-like material can be pulverized and burned in a power plant like coal, increasing the use of renewable fuels to generate electricity. Meeting air quality standards, however, may be a challenge without additional pollution controls.
Oct 18

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Fuel Of The Future?

Plant matter turned into a charcoal-like material can be pulverized and burned in a power plant like coal, increasing the use of renewable fuels to generate electricity. Meeting air quality standards, however, may be a challenge without additional pollution controls.

Oct 18  /  John Harrison






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Tesla's Energy Policy Adviser to Participate in Panel on Energy Storage Systems
The Council's upcoming meeting on Tuesday, October 11 in Portland will include a panel discussion by industry leaders on efforts to bring energy storage technologies into the ...
Oct 5

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Tesla's Energy Policy Adviser to Participate in Panel on Energy Storage Systems

The Council's upcoming meeting on Tuesday, October 11 in Portland will include a panel discussion by industry leaders on efforts to bring energy storage technologies into the ...

Oct 5  /  Carol Winkel


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Demand Response: Revamping an Old Idea for a More Efficient Northwest Grid
The utility industry, including within the Pacific Northwest, has a long history of using demand response to reduce electricity use when the grid is stressed. Now it can also be used to help the grid when wind and solar produce too much power.
Oct 4

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Demand Response: Revamping an Old Idea for a More Efficient Northwest Grid

The utility industry, including within the Pacific Northwest, has a long history of using demand response to reduce electricity use when the grid is stressed. Now it can also be used to help the grid when wind and solar produce too much power.

Oct 4  /  Tina Jayaweera



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Smart Grid NW Hosts Symposium on Demand Response
Demand response, the voluntary and temporary reduction in consumers’ use of electricity when the power system is stressed, is the least-cost solution for new peaking capacity. An upcoming symposium is bringing people together to make this solution a reality.
Sep 20

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Smart Grid NW Hosts Symposium on Demand Response

Demand response, the voluntary and temporary reduction in consumers’ use of electricity when the power system is stressed, is the least-cost solution for new peaking capacity. An upcoming symposium is bringing people together to make this solution a reality.

Sep 20  /  Carol Winkel


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Making Electric Vehicles a Growing Presence on the Road
At its September meeting, the Council heard more about initiatives by utilities to help customers switch to electric vehicles, including rebates on fast-charging stations at home, and test-drive programs.
Sep 19

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Making Electric Vehicles a Growing Presence on the Road

At its September meeting, the Council heard more about initiatives by utilities to help customers switch to electric vehicles, including rebates on fast-charging stations at home, and test-drive programs.

Sep 19  /  Carol Winkel



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Montana Wind Generates More Power When The Region Needs It, But Can We Get It?
Of the nearly 8,700 megawatts of wind generation in the region, under 700 megawatts are in Montana and just over 5,700 megawatts of wind power is sited in the Columbia Gorge. If Montana’s wind resource is so promising, why isn’t there more?
Aug 17

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Montana Wind Generates More Power When The Region Needs It, But Can We Get It?

Of the nearly 8,700 megawatts of wind generation in the region, under 700 megawatts are in Montana and just over 5,700 megawatts of wind power is sited in the Columbia Gorge. If Montana’s wind resource is so promising, why isn’t there more?

Aug 17  /  John Ollis


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Renewables in a Shifting Energy Landscape
One of the challenges with wind and solar generation is that the amount of generation you get in any hour depends on the weather. But there are promising solutions that could help meet that challenge.
Aug 15

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Renewables in a Shifting Energy Landscape

One of the challenges with wind and solar generation is that the amount of generation you get in any hour depends on the weather. But there are promising solutions that could help meet that challenge.

Aug 15  /  Ben Kujala



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Retiring Northwest Coal Plants and Keeping the Lights On
The Northwest should have an adequate supply through 2020, although retiring four coal plants by 2022 means the region will have to acquire nearly 1,400 megawatts of new capacity.
Aug 11

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Retiring Northwest Coal Plants and Keeping the Lights On

The Northwest should have an adequate supply through 2020, although retiring four coal plants by 2022 means the region will have to acquire nearly 1,400 megawatts of new capacity.

Aug 11  /  Carol Winkel


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Do Customers of Northwest Investor-Owned Utilities have Higher Electricity Bills?
The Northwest has over 100 different utilities, many of them small publicly owned utilities. Investor-owned utilities are companies owned by investors that earn a profit for ...
Aug 5

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Do Customers of Northwest Investor-Owned Utilities have Higher Electricity Bills?

The Northwest has over 100 different utilities, many of them small publicly owned utilities. Investor-owned utilities are companies owned by investors that earn a profit for ...

Aug 5  /  Ben Kujala







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Solar Power Grows in the Pacific Northwest
The cost of solar has decreased dramatically, helping to spur its growth in the Northwest as several utility-scale solar PV projects in Southern Idaho and Southeastern Oregon are about to come online.
May 12

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Solar Power Grows in the Pacific Northwest

The cost of solar has decreased dramatically, helping to spur its growth in the Northwest as several utility-scale solar PV projects in Southern Idaho and Southeastern Oregon are about to come online.

May 12  /  Gillian Charles

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