At its February meeting, the Council adopted its 2021 Northwest Power Plan to ensure a reliable and economic power supply for the region.
The Council's power planning staff and Power Committee are working through the comments and checking assumptions in the draft plan.
The power supply will have to be carefully managed to ensure it remains adequate and reliable as we rely increasingly on sunshine and wind to power our homes and businesses.
Comment on the Draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan by November 19, and sign up for virtual public hearings in September and October.
Committee recommends draft plan to full Council for consideration of release for public comments.
A draft is planned for release for public comment in August, and public hearings will be conducted in September and October.
Watch our 2-minute video on our power system transitioning to clean energy resources, and how we're planning to navigate the challenges ahead.
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.
Modeling for the 2021 Power Plan by the Council’s power planning staff is producing some interesting results and raising some intriguing questions.
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.