Council Meeting

August 15 - 16, 2017


Tuesday, August 15

Power Committee – 9am – small conference room

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  • Innovations in irrigation energy efficiency, Fred Ziari, IRZ (30 min)
  • Update on MCS 2 - Program to assess and capture distribution efficiency savings, CG, KS, BPA  (45 min)
  • Comments and updates to Marginal Carbon paper, JO, BK  (30 min)
  • Discussion on potential methods for analyzing the value of conservation, BK, CG (30 min)
  • RTF website updates, JL (15 min)

Fish Committee – 8am – large conference room

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  • Update on prototype multimedia website about the Fish and Wildlife Program, NL, JH (15 min)
  • Discussion of Program Implementation Summaries on the Programs adaptive management strategy, LR, NL (15 min)
  • Discussion of Wildlife Project Review policies and programmatic issues, LP, MF (45 min)
  • Update on O&M Strategic Plan and Priorities, Booth, MF, JA (30 min)
  • Presentation on effects of toxic contaminants on fish by Dr. Nat Scholz and Jessica Lundin, NOAA Fisheries, LB (30 min)
  • Staff recommendation to use Council funds to develop a pilot toxic contaminants story map using Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) data, LB, TG (15 min)
  • Preparing for the next Fish and Wildlife Program amendment – staff and Committee discussion on:
    • Potential topics for policy or science-policy discussions
    • Timing for the ISAB review of the existing 2014 Program, PO, TG (30 min)
  • Update on emerging priorities implementation (staff)
    • Cost savings update on lamprey projects
    • Cost savings update on screw trap policy review
    • Update from the state agencies on adult fish returns (sockeye and Steelhead) and heat-related closures in the basin

Council Meeting – large and small conference rooms – 1:30pm

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  1:30 – 1:45pm Reports from Fish and Wildlife, Power and Public Affairs committee chairs:  Jennifer Anders, chair, fish and wildlife committee; Tom Karier, chair, power committee; and Jim Yost, chair, public affairs committee.
1.  1:45 – 2:45pm Presentation on emerging changes in the electric utility system:  Phil Jones,Phil Jones Consulting.
2. 2:45 – 3:30pm Briefing on regional issues of customer concern to consumer-owned utilities:  Scott Corwin, Executive Director; Michael Deen, senior policy analyst; Bo Downen, senior policy analyst, Public Power Council.
  3:30 – 3:45pm Break
3. 3:45 – 4:15pm Presentation by Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board: Steve Manlow, Executive Director, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board.
4. 4:15 – 4:30pm Presentation on Bonneville Fiscal Year 2017 fish and wildlife spending and the forecast for Fiscal Year 2018:  Bryan Mercier, Bonneville Power Administration.

The Public Affairs Committee will meet at the close of business
on Tuesday, August 15.

Wednesday, August 16

The Executive Committee will meet in a closed session at 8am
on Wednesday, August 16.

Continuation of Council Meeting – Large and small conference rooms – 9:30am

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5. 9:30 – 10:15am Presentation on low carbon pathways at Northwest Natural:  Steve Simmons, senior economic analyst; and Bill Edmonds, director, environmental policy and sustainability, NW Natural.  
6. 10:15 – 11:45am Panel presentations on the resiliency of the power system: 
7. 11:45am Council Business:
  • Approval of minutes of July 2017 Council Meeting
  • RTF Website contract modification
  • Approval of Council to contract to develop a pilot toxic contaminants story map using Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) data
  • Approval of  Fiscal Year 2016 Fish and Wildlife Cost report
    Public comment on any issue before the Council