Committee Meetings and Council Meeting

October 8 - 9, 2013    See meeting notes

Helena Great Northern Hotel 835 Great Northern Blvd
Helena, MT (map)

Tuesday, October 8

Fish Committee – Empire Builder Room – 8:30am

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  • Geographic Review: Committee Review and Recommendations on projects and programmatic issues – 1.5 hours (LP,MF)
  • Project review – 45 minutes (MF)
    • Follow-up: Step 1 review of Walla Walla Spring Chinook Hatchery Master Plan. Project #2000-038-00, Walla Walla Hatchery Final Design/Construction
  • Fish and Wildlife Program Amendment discussion
    • General information about Fish and Wildlife Program amendment recommendations

Power Committee – Western Star Room – 8am

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  • Shortcomings of relying on forecast for planning, TE, CB 
  • Current context for power planning under the Northwest Power Act, CB, JS 
  • Regional Portfolio Model Redevelopment Project Report, CB 
  • Update on health benefits of wood smoke reduction, TE, CG 
  • Broader Ramifications of Non-Energy Benefits, JS, CB 
  • Northern Tier Transmission Group Filing with FERC on Cost Allocation for Transmission, BK 
  • Pilot on Web-based Data management and publishing, BK 
  • Approval of Resource Strategies Advisory Committee member list

Council Meeting – Empire Builder Room – 1:30pm

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  1:30 – 1:45pm Reports from Fish and Wildlife, Power and Public Affairs committee chairs:  Phil Rockefeller, chair, fish and wildlife committee; Jim Yost, chair, power committee; and Henry Lorenzen, chair, public affairs committee
1. 1:45 – 2:45pm

Council decision:  Mark Fritsch, manager, project implementation.

  • Step 1 review of Yakima Subbasin Summer and Fall Run Chinook and Coho Salmon Hatchery Master Plan. Dave Fast, Senior Research Scientist Yakama Nation
  • Step 1 review of Walla Walla Spring Chinook Hatchery Master Plan. Project #2000-038-00, Walla Walla Hatchery Final Design/Construction. Step 1 review of Walla Walla Spring Chinook Hatchery Master Plan. Project #2000-038-00, Walla Walla Hatchery Final Design/Construction. N. Kathryn “Kat” Brigham and Brent H. Hall, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; and Lars Mobrand, Ph.D., D.J. Warren & Associates, Inc.
  2:45 – 3pm Break
2.   3:00  – 4:00pm Montana renewable energy and transmission panel:  Jeff Fox, Renewable Northwest Project; Mike Cashell, NorthWestern Energy; Joe Lukas, Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative, Inc.; and Brian Altman, Bonneville Power Administration; moderated by Pat Smith, Montana Council Member.
  4:00 – 4:30pm Public comment will be taken on any issue before the Council as time permits

The Council will meet in executive session at the close of business on Tuesday, October 8, to discuss Council participation in civil litigation.

Wednesday, October 9

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3. 8:30 – 9:00am Regional resource requirements to meet renewable portfolio standards 2015-2035: Gillian Charles, energy policy analyst
4. 9:00  – 9:30am Renewable portfolio standards in Montana: Jason Brown, Montana Public Service Commission; John Bushnell, Lead Supply Planner, NorthWestern Energy; Brian DeKiep, Montana state staff
  9:30 – 9:45am Break
5. 9:45 – 10:15am Briefing on Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Draft Strategic Plan:  Susan Stratton, Executive Director; and Jeff Harris, Director of Technology and Market Strategy, NEEA
6. 10:15 – 10:45am Briefing on NorthWestern Energy: Bob Rowe, CEO, NorthWestern Energy
7.    10:45 – 11am Council Business

Fish Committee – Wednesday, October 9 at completion of Council Meeting – Western Star Room

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Fish and Wildlife Program Amendment discussion – continued

  • Continue general discussion
  • Summary of recommendations
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