Efficiency, long the lowest-cost resource to meet future demand for power, is being out-priced by renewable resources, particularly solar. Clean-energy policies are driving the proliferation of carbon-free renewables.
Complex analysis and the addition of new Council members make it prudent to extend the deadline for completing the plan revision. The Council revises the plan every five years.
Stakeholders asked the Council to consider aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the new plan.
The Council is exploring a 'path to decarbonization,' which focuses on reducing carbon emissions from the economy, including transportation.
The federal Department of Energy is proposing changes that should speed the review and approval of proposed new standards.
In addition to the many challenges of the pandemic, 2020 was a year that the results of modeling for the Council’s next Northwest power plan predicted an energy future that is distinctly different than the past.
Low cost and carbon-reduction policies favor renewable resources, particularly solar, for the future power supply.
The number of California sea lions is declining, but the number of Stellers remains high. Monitoring now occurs in all seasons except summer.
The prediction for 2021 from fisheries managers is for just over 1 million fish, but that total could increase substantially if the estimated 1.6 million coho in the ocean materialize in the Columbia.
For now, ocean water is cool, but it is expected to warm later this year, and the long-term outlook for cold-water fish is not good.