Annual carbon emissions from electricity generation in the Northwest have remained mostly flat over the last three years. With three average hydro years in a row, the region has been able to rely on steady, low-carbon energy from hydro, supplemented with primarily natural gas, as well as some coal, wind, and energy efficiency.
The past two years have seen upheaval around federal efficiency standards for several appliances, including dishwashers and clothes washers, but especially for lightbulbs.
Methane – the primary component of natural gas – is a very potent greenhouse gas. The Council aims to account for it in its 2021 Power Plan.