While IRPs focus on the future needs of individual utilities, the Council is seeing a similar future on a larger scale as it develops the 2021 regional power plan.
The impact of California's aggressive clean energy goal has far-reaching ramifications for the Northwest and beyond. The Council is assessing how it could affect the power system.
Wind and solar generation development is on the rise, thanks to declining costs
The lowly battery is being reinvented, not just for vehicles but also to stabilize the power grid and smooth the ups and downs of wind and solar generation.
In the near future, the energy of ocean wind and waves could power our homes. But first, there is the issue of how best to generate electricity in the harsh marine environment.
Modern-day wind turbines are becoming more efficient and productive. If technical advances continue and the cost of wind power declines, opportunities for new wind power development are significant.
Plant matter turned into a charcoal-like material can be pulverized and burned in a power plant like coal, increasing the use of renewable fuels to generate electricity. Meeting air quality standards, however, may be a challenge without additional pollution controls.
Of the nearly 8,700 megawatts of wind generation in the region, under 700 megawatts are in Montana and just over 5,700 megawatts of wind power is sited in the Columbia Gorge. If Montana’s wind resource is so promising, why isn’t there more?