In the 1980 Northwest Power Act, Congress granted the states, through the Council, a major role in planning future energy resources and protecting fish and wildlife affected by the Columbia River hydroelectric system. Thanks to the efforts of the Bonneville Power Administration, the region’s public and private electric utilities, and evolving federal energy standards, the region has improved energy efficiency by nearly 5,600 average megawatts. Efficiency is now the Pacific Northwest’s second largest energy source, and growing.
Meanwhile, the excellent salmon and steelhead returns of 2013 were followed by another remarkable year in 2014 — a record return since counting began at Bonneville Dam in 1938.
The Council is proud to submit its 2014 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 fish and wildlife resources.