Increasing loads, a changing resource mix, and extreme weather events have become pressing challenges to the power system, highlighting the importance of broad system coordination.
In the last 10 years, the cormorant population has grown 1500% at Astoria Bridge, both accelerating erosion of the bridge and increasing salmon predation.
The mussels were first detected in the Snake River near Twin Falls, Idaho in September during routine monitoring conducted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, prompting officials to spring into action.
Kate Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy briefed the Council on the collaborative work to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes River Basin.
In 2022, the Northwest saved 150 average megawatts of electricity, putting the region on track to meet its 2021 Regional Power Plan’s goals for cost-effective energy efficiency.
After a long trend of dwindling abundance, tribal, state, and federal fish and wildlife managers have seen a welcomed increase in Pacific lamprey at Bonneville Dam.
The Northwest and Intermountain Power Producers Coalition has a new whitepaper exploring the need for new transmission in the region and the Bonneville Power Administration’s ability to provide transmission to customers.
The Council recently hosted a tour near Kalispell, Montana for representatives from the Northwest’s congressional delegation.
Scott Simms, CEO and executive director of the Public Power Council, briefed the Council on its current key initiatives.
Jeff Cook briefed the Council on BPA’s plans to build significant transmission infrastructure to meet growing Northwest loads.