That’s a big shift from common practice before Congress passed the Northwest Power Act in 1980, from a prior concentration of hatcheries in the lower river to new facilities above Bonneville Dam, where the impacts of hydropower dams impacted natural production of salmon and steelhead.
Costs reported by he Bonneville Power Administration for Fiscal Year 2020 totaled $615 million.
Moss balls sold to clean aquarium water were found to contain invasive Zebra mussels, prompting action by Northwest state agencies.
Power Division Director Ben Kujala added his perspective to news coverage on the outages in Texas from extreme winter weather last month
In February, the Council hosted a forum on diversity, equity, and inclusion in its power planning and in its 2021 Power Plan. The forum – with 130 attendees – builds on past work in the Council’s advisory committees to address underserved communities and marked a step forward in ensuring equity in our energy planning.
The problem of invasive Northern Pike in the Columbia River Basin is one of those problems that is someone else’s until it becomes yours.
Reducing carbon will transform the power system
Three utilities report they are meeting or exceeding mitigation goals.
A project to restore floodplain habitat is paying off with improved flows, decreased bank erosion, improved water temperatures, and increased production of wild juvenile salmon.
In the Pacific Northwest, the system’s carbon emissions are directly connected to the hydro system. In a good hydro year, emissions are lower as less natural gas and coal are dispatched and conversely, emissions tend to be higher in poor hydro years as fossil fuel resources are dispatched more often.