Directors of North Idaho utilities talk about the pressures they face: significant load growth, changing demographics, aging infrastructure, rate increases, and extreme weather events.
The 2021 Plan Resource Strategy called for the region to build at least 3,500 megawatts of renewable resources by 2027, and region has already built 3,200 megawatts since the Plan was released.
The Council’s mid-term assessment for its 2021 Power Plan reviews the region’s progress in implementing the plan, which forecasts electricity demand 20 years into the future.
Our resource policy analyst reviews the 2022 regional and national carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, highlighting the current downward trend on emissions as coal plants retire.
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 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.
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.
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.
The changing energy landscape demands new resources and technologies to keep the grid – with its influx of weather-dependent, intermittent resources – reliable and adequate.