When Congress passed the Northwest Power Act in 1980, there were high hopes that the new four-state planning council would stimulate a cultural change in the region’s energy and fish and wildlife decision making. For the first time, Congress gave the states a major role in planning their future energy needs and designing a protection plan for fish and wildlife affected by the Columbia River hydroelectric system. Thirty-four years later, the Council is still hard at work carrying out that mandate. Although the task has proven to be more difficult than envisioned, there is no doubt that the Council has had a positive and lasting impact in the region.
The Council’s work in Fiscal Year 2013 is highlighted here in our annual report to Congress. We hope that after reviewing it you’ll share our enthusiasm for the work we do to strengthen the nation’s cleanest, most efficient energy system while protecting our precious fish and wildlife resources.