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News | Northwest Power and Conservation Council Header Menu Contact Search About Integrating energy and the environment in the Columbia River Basin About the Council Mission and Strategy Members and Staff Bylaws Policies Careers / RFPs News See what the Council is up to. Read the latest news Read All News Press Resources Newsletters International Columbia River Explore News by Topic Fish and Wildlife Planning Salmon and Steelhead Wildlife Energy Planning Energy Efficiency Demand Response Fish and Wildlife The Council works to protect and enhance fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin. Its Fish & Wildlife Program guides project funding by the Bonneville Power Administration. 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Committee Webinar: Climate Change Discussion May 2019Tue21 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: May 21, 2019 May 2019Wed22 9:30 am—3:00 pm Fish and Wildlife Committee Meeting May 2019Wed29 9:30 am—12:00 pm Fish and Wildlife Committee Meeting May 2019Fri31 9:30 am—2:30 pm RTF Policy Advisory Committee Jun 2019Mon03 10:00 am—3:00 pm Natural Gas Advisory Committee Jun 2019Tue04 9:30 am—3:45 pm Demand Response Advisory Committee Jun 2019Wed05 9:00 am—3:00 pm Pacific NW Demand Response Project Meeting Jun 2019TueWed11 - 12 Council Meeting Jun 2019Tue18 9:00 am—11:00 am Hatchery Workgroup 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: June 18, 2019 Jun 2019Mon24 9:00 am—12:00 pm Council Work Session for Fish and Wildlife Program Amendments Jun 2019Thu27 10:30 am—12:00 pm Asset Management Subcommittee Jul 2019TueWed16 - 17 Council Meeting Jul 2019Tue23 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: July 23, 2019 Jul 2019Thu25 9:30 am—3:30 pm Conservation Resources Adv. Committee - 2021 Power Plan Aug 2019Mon12 1:00 pm—5:00 pm Regional Coordination Forum Aug 2019TueWed13 - 14 Council Meeting Aug 2019Tue13 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program Aug 2019Tue20 9:00 am—3:00 pm Generating Resources / System Analysis Advisory Committees meeting Aug 2019Wed21 9:30 am—3:45 pm Demand Response Advisory Committee 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program Aug 2019Thu22 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program Aug 2019Mon26 1:30 pm—3:30 pm Resource Adequacy Advisory Committee - Technical Committee Aug 2019Tue27 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: August 27, 2019 Aug 2019Fri30 10:00 am—11:00 am RAAC Steering Committee WEBINAR Sep 2019Tue10 9:30 am—12:30 pm Demand Forecast Advisory Committee Sep 2019Wed11 9:30 am—12:00 pm RTF Policy Advisory Committee Meeting Sep 2019Thu12 12:00 pm—1:30 pm Columbia Basin Habitat RM&E Strategy Webinar Sep 2019TueWed17 - 18 Council Meeting Sep 2019Tue17 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program Sep 2019Tue24 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: September 24, 2019 Sep 2019Wed25 9:00 am—3:00 pm Generating Resources Advisory Committee Sep 2019Mon30 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program Oct 2019Tue01 10:00 am—12:00 pm Demand Response Adv. 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Webinar - Draft Residential DR Product Assumptions 1:30 pm—4:30 pm Columbia Basin Habitat RM&E Strategy Workshop #1 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program Oct 2019Tue08 1:00 pm—4:00 pm Large-group Technical Consultation on the Fish and Wildlife Program Oct 2019TueWed15 - 16 Council Meeting Oct 2019Tue15 5:00 pm—6:30 pm Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program Oct 2019Tue22 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: October 22, 2019 Oct 2019Wed23 9:00 am—12:00 pm Columbia Basin Habitat RM&E Strategy Workshop-Boise Oct 2019Thu24 9:30 am—3:30 pm Conservation Resources Advisory Committee Oct 2019Mon28 1:00 pm—3:00 pm Hatchery Workgroup Oct 2019Tue29 9:00 am—3:00 pm Generating Resources Advisory Committee 9:30 am—3:00 pm Generating Resources Advisory Committee Oct 2019Wed30 9:30 am—3:45 pm Demand Response Advisory Committee Nov 2019Wed06 9:30 am—2:30 pm System Analysis Advisory Committee Nov 2019TueWed12 - 13 Council Meeting Nov 2019Wed13 1:00 pm—4:00 pm Columbia Basin Habitat RM&E Strategy Workshop - Portland Nov 2019Tue19 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: November 19, 2019 Dec 2019Wed04 9:00 am—2:30 pm Conservation Resources Advisory Committee Dec 2019Fri06 9:00 am—3:00 pm RTF Policy and Advisory Committee Meeting Dec 2019TueWed10 - 11 Council Meeting Dec 2019Thu12 9:30 am—3:30 pm Demand Response Advisory Committee Dec 2019Tue17 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: December 17, 2019 Jan 2020Tue07 9:00 am—3:00 pm Generating Resource Advisory Committee Jan 2020Wed22 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: January 22, 2020 Jan 2020Wed29 9:30 am—3:30 pm Conservation Resources Advisory Committee Feb 2020Mon10 12:00 pm—5:00 pm Regional Coordination Forum Feb 2020Wed19 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: February 19, 2020 Feb 2020Thu20 9:30 am—3:30 pm Demand Response Advisory Committee Mar 2020Tue24 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: March 24, 2019 Apr 2020Tue21 9:00 am—4:00 pm RTF Meeting: April 21, 2020 View Council Meetings View all Meetings Reports and Documents Browse reports and documents relevant to the Council's work on fish and wildlife and energy planning, as well as administrative reports. Browse reports Reports by Topic Power Plan Fish and Wildlife Program Subbasin Plans Financial Reports Independent Scientific Advisory Board Independent Scientific Review Panel Independent Economic Analysis Board Columbia River History Project CloseNews International Columbia River Conference Attracts Nearly 300 people from the United States and Canada Sep 27, 2019John Harrison The international event, co-sponsored by the Council and the Columbia Basin Trust, highlighted common issues in the U.S. and Canadian parts of the basin, including climate change impacts, invasive species, the future of energy, salmon reintroduction, the Columbia River Treaty, and river governance. Research Shows Hungry Terns and Cormorants Are Still a Problem, Particularly For Some Steelhead Smolts Sep 25, 2019John Harrison Fish-eating birds continue to take a significant toll on juvenile salmon and steelhead near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers, and in the Columbia River estuary, and the impacts are disturbing and surprising. New Collection Facility Improves Passage for Salmon and Steelhead on Oregon's North Fork Santiam River Sep 24, 2019John Harrison Hatchery fish are collected, and wild fish are released in an effort to help rebuild threatened species of Willamette River Chinook and winter steelhead Chance of Power Shortfalls Increase as Coal Plants Retire Sep 24, 2019Carol Winkel 2024 Resource Adequacy Assessment underscores challenges as region moves away from coal-fired generation 2018 Energy Efficiency Improvements Keep Region On Track Toward Regional Power Plan Goals Sep 20, 2019John Harrison Savings reported for 2018 are equal to the power demand of 164,000 Northwest homes; lighting improvements were a big contributor Draft Annual Report to Congress Sep 19, 2019 During FY 2019, the Northwest energy system continued to move away from thermal energy and toward more renewable generation. This is a significant change with ramifications for the adequacy of the system. Over the next 10 years, several Western coal-fired power plants will retire, bowing to economic, regulatory, and environmental pressures. This long-term trend, along with increasing generation from wind and solar, presents challenges to meeting peak demand in the region. Comment on this report by December 20. Big Job for a Little Dog Sep 11, 2019Kendall Farley Using her sensitive nose, Puddles is helping protect Washington state from being invaded by freshwater mussels, which could cause millions of dollars in damages if they were to establish in lakes and rivers. Downen Appointed to Power Council from Montana Aug 26, 2019John Harrison In July, Montana Governor Steve Bullock appointed Bo Downen, director, environmental and regional affairs at the Public Power Council, a regional association of consumer-owned electric utilities, to replace Tim Baker as a Montana member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Resource Adequacy Symposium is Coming This Fall Aug 26, 2019Carol Winkel Registration is underway for the Resource Adequacy Symposium, hosted by the Northwest Power Pool in Portland on October 2. Council Recommends 48 Projects to Implement the Fish and Wildlife Program Aug 23, 2019John Harrison This month the Council recommended 48 fish and wildlife projects to the Bonneville Power Administration for funding which, if all are implemented, total more than $43 million. Douglas County PUD to Explore Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Production Aug 23, 2019Carol Winkel Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future for vehicles? The Douglas County Public Utility District, which owns and operates Wells Dam on the Columbia River, is waging it could be an important resource to power clean transportation. A Pile of Retirements: The Next 10 Years for Western Coal Plants Aug 19, 2019Ben Kujala Coal has been used to generate electricity from the beginning of the electric grid. But generating electricity from coal, at least in the West, may become a thing of the past. And utilities' plans indicate the decline of coal generation in the West will be rapid over the next decade. Imagining the Future to Prepare for It Jul 31, 2019Ben Kujala Scenarios provide critical information to aid the region in navigating through a volatile and uncertain energy future. Montana, Tribes Seek Partners to Help in Fight Against Invasive Freshwater Mussels Jul 23, 2019John Harrison Accelerated effort would include longer hours for boat inspection stations and additional funding. Council Seeks Comments on Draft Addendum to Fish and Wildlife Program Jul 17, 2019John Harrison Addendum revises and updates key parts of the 2014 Program while leaving the remainder intact. Navigating a Complex Path to a Secure Energy Future Jun 13, 2019Ben Kujala Planning for the power system is challenging. As planners, we try to determine how much electricity we will need over the next 20 years by evaluating uncertainty about weather, fuel prices, and changes in technology. Climate Change in the 2021 Power Plan Jun 13, 2019Carol Winkel How to incorporate climate change impacts in the Northwest power plan is a big question. The Council hosted a workshop on modeling climate change and presented its proposed approach. Report Concludes Habitat Above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams Could Support Salmon and Steelhead Jun 13, 2019John Harrison The report from the Upper Columbia United Tribes completes the first phase of a three-phase strategy in the Council’s 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program to assess the potential for reintroduction. The New Normal for Electricity Markets Conjures Bad Memories; Forewarned, Will We Be Better Prepared? May 17, 2019John Harrison Act now to be ready for summer and winter demand peaks in light of coal plant retirements and state polices limiting carbon emissions, experts advise. What’s Next for Solar Generation? May 16, 2019Steve Simmons The equipment and installation costs for these systems continue to decline, making them even more attractive for consumers who want to generate their own onsite clean electricity – referred to as "behind the meter" solar Northern Pike Could Be Devastating to Salmon and Steelhead, Scientists Warn in Report on Predation May 14, 2019John Harrison Salmon and steelhead populations could collapse if Northern Pike escape Lake Roosevelt and establish downstream. Collaboration is Key to Balancing Fish and Wildlife Restoration with Conservation, Idaho's Fish and Game Director Tells Council May 13, 2019John Harrison Many forces act on fish, wildlife, and the people who want to harvest them, creating a difficult balancing act for managers. Efficiency Exchange Conference Highlights Energy Efficiency Innovations and Trends May 7, 2019Carol Winkel The Northwest is a leader in energy efficiency, our second largest resource, thanks in part to knowledge building conferences like the Efficiency Exchange. Ocean Expedition To Study Salmon in Winter Was a Unique Experience for Scientist, In Many Ways Apr 16, 2019 From the ship's cat to the cluttered laboratory and lace curtains on the portholes, Laurie Wietkamp found that life aboard the Professor Kaganovskiy was just a bit different that what she was used to. White Sturgeon In the Columbia River Basin: Some Good News, Some Bad News, Some Unknowns Apr 15, 2019John Harrison The healthiest populations are those than can still reach the ocean; for others, hatcheries and habitat improvements target declining stocks
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