While it is possible to replace the output of the four lower Snake River dams while meeting aggressive clean-energy goals, the cost would be substantial, and the reliability of the system could depend on future technologies.
In a challenging economy when costs seem to be rising constantly, low-income households face an increasing risk of being unable to afford basic necessities, including electricity
OPB recently published an article on salmon hatcheries in the Columbia River Basin. See the Council's response.
After three years of construction, two miles of a 1950s-era dike have been removed, water-level access to the Columbia has been restored, and more than 900 acres of wetland habitat once again is available to migrating Columbia River fish.
The Bonneville Power Administration plans to increase in its annual budget to implement the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program by $21 million beginning in 2024, and that is good news.
Extinction, it turns out, is not forever, at least when the species in question is interior Columbia River Basin coho salmon
The war in Ukraine will affect future natural gas prices in Europe, and possibly in the United States including in the Pacific Northwest.
As the Council prepares to revise its forecast of future wholesale power prices, power planning staff is closely monitoring wholesale power markets outside the region.