The federal Department of Energy is proposing changes that should speed the review and approval of proposed new standards.
In addition to the many challenges of the pandemic, 2020 was a year that the results of modeling for the Council’s next Northwest power plan predicted an energy future that is distinctly different than the past.
Low cost and carbon-reduction policies favor renewable resources, particularly solar, for the future power supply.
We talked to Power Division Director Ben Kujala about some of the factors influencing the development of the 2021 Power Plan, and why the next regional plan will look very different from past power plans
Power Division Director Ben Kujala added his perspective to news coverage on the outages in Texas from extreme winter weather last month
In February, the Council hosted a forum on diversity, equity, and inclusion in its power planning and in its 2021 Power Plan. The forum – with 130 attendees – builds on past work in the Council’s advisory committees to address underserved communities and marked a step forward in ensuring equity in our energy planning.
Reducing carbon will transform the power system
In the Pacific Northwest, the system’s carbon emissions are directly connected to the hydro system. In a good hydro year, emissions are lower as less natural gas and coal are dispatched and conversely, emissions tend to be higher in poor hydro years as fossil fuel resources are dispatched more often.
Flat load growth continues and on site solar takes off.
Four decades ago, legislators and policymakers in the Pacific Northwest took a revolutionary leap of faith, writing a law that changed the direction of the region's energy future and made fish and wildlife co-equal with other purposes of hydropower dams in the Columbia River Basin.