Northwest Power and Conservation Council
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is a regional organization that develops and maintains a regional power plan and a fish and wildlife program to balance the Northwest's environment and energy needs. Based in Portland, Oregon, the Council was created in 1980 when the U.S. Congress passed the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act. The Council's main task is to develop a 20-year electric power plan that will guarantee adequate and reliable energy at the lowest economic and environmental cost to the Northwest. Member states of the organization are Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
The Council updates the 20-year electric power plan every 5 years and is in the process of working on the 7th regional update. The process relies on broad public participation to inform the plan and build consensus on its recommendations. The plan generally aggressively targets energy efficiency and predicts that a large percentage of the new demand for electricity over the next 20 years in the Northwestern United States can be met by using energy more efficiently. The 6th plan was unanimously approved by the Council on February 10, 2010.
Fish and Wildlife
The Council updates a Fish and Wildlife plan about every 5 years as well. As a planning, policy-making and reviewing body, the Council develops the program, and then monitors its implementation by the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps), the Bureau of Reclamation (the Bureau) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its licensees. The Northwest Power Act directs the Council to develop its Program and make periodic major revisions by first requesting recommendations from the region’s federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, appropriate Indian tribes (those within the basin) and other interested parties. The Council also takes comment from designated entities and the public on those recommendations. The Council then issues a draft amended program, initiating an extensive public comment period on the recommendations and proposed program amendments that includes extensive written comments, public hearings in each of the four states, and consultations with interested parties.
- NW Council. "Northwest Power Act". Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- Sickinger, Ted (2009-08-11). "Efficiency can help Northwest meet 85% of new electricity demand". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- Preusch, Matthew (2010-02-10). "Conservation efforts will play key role in meeting Northwest's energy needs". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-03-06.