The Council was authorized through the Northwest Power Act to develop and maintain a regional power plan and fish and wildlife program to balance the Northwest's environment and energy needs. Our three tasks:

  1. develop a 20-year power plan that will guarantee adequate and reliable energy at the lowest economic and environmental cost to the Northwest
  2. develop a program to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development in the Columbia River Basin
  3. educate and involve the public in the Council’s decision-making processes.

For more information on the Council's background and work, see these: