As BPA continues to manage its costs at or below the rate of inflation through 2028, the agency plans to operate under a constrained budget in fiscal year 2022, which started Oct. 1, Bonneville told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council committee.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council's draft 2021 Power Plan released in August encompasses the tectonic shifts underway in the electric power industry and in the Northwest, Executive Director Bill Edmonds said during his state of the Council address at the agency's Oct. 13 meeting.

The Montana PSC on Oct. 12 unanimously approved NorthWestern Energy's request to withdraw its application for preapproval of a new 175 MW natural gas-fired power plant and a companion 50 MW battery storage project. The application, filed in May, drew significant opposition and scrutiny from …

The Public Power Council will actively participate as intervenor-defendants in a lawsuit over the Columbia River System Operations EIS and BiOp after U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted its motion on Sept. 29 to be included.

Three impacted First Nations in northwestern British Columbia and the regional district of Bulkley-Nechako are joining together in a bid to restore the health of the massive Nechako River and to return its flows to more historical levels.

Blake Weathers will join the Public Power Council in a newly created role as its director of power supply, effective Oct. 11. Weathers comes to PPC after almost nine years of progressive responsibility in the Northwest Requirements Utilities trade association, which followed more than 12 yea…

The four Northwest states working to launch the Columbia Basin Collaborative have convened the Integration/Recommendations Group, which begins meeting this fall. The states released a list of participants and their alternates in the group on Sept. 27. Participants include four federal agenci…

Avangrid Renewables has appointed Jose Antonio Miranda to the newly created post of president onshore, charged with overseeing the growth of the company's onshore wind and solar business, the company said Sept. 23. Miranda was previously CEO of onshore in the Americas region for Siemens Game…

Members of a joint committee of the Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife commissions were briefed Sept. 16 by their staffs on this year's record-low steelhead run and actions taken to prevent impacts from fishing on wild Columbia Basin steelhead, which are listed as threatened under the E…

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a joint motion Sept. 10 that delays the deadlines for several filings by 30 days in National Wildlife Federation et al. v. National Marine Fisheries Service et al. [01-640]. The plaintiffs—10 environmental groups—were joined by federal defendants and…

Puget Sound Energy and parent company Puget Energy have named Jean-Paul Marmoreo to their boards. He represents the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, which owns 23.9 percent of the utility. OMERS was previously represented by Kenton Bradbury, who resigned from the companies' boa…

When more than 10,000 coho passed Bonneville Dam on Aug. 31, Columbia Basin fish managers took a second look—just to be sure. They were predicting another good year for Columbia Basin coho returns, but if current trends continue, this year's coho run will be truly remarkable.

Summertime abundance of Chinook salmon from the Fraser River, Puget Sound and the Salish Sea can be used to predict the health of southern resident killer whales in the fall, and whether any individuals are more likely to die in the near future, scientists studying the whales say.

NorthWestern Energy has asked Montana state regulators to allow it to resume short-term hedging purchases, something it has not done since acquiring substantial hydropower resources in 2014. The company wants approval to make short-term, off-system, fixed-price hedge transactions, which it s…

PNGC Power has named Michael Jung its new VP of government affairs, effective Aug. 31, the cooperative announced. Jung sits on the GridForward advisory board and Oregon Environmental Council board of directors. He is a Fulbright alumnus, and a graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Kennedy…

Fish in the Snake River will have enough cool water from Dworshak Dam without the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers having to draft the reservoir below the Aug. 31 end-of season elevation of 1,535 feet, members of the Columbia River Technical Management Team learned at their Aug. 25 meeting.

This summer the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation released 342 adult Chinook salmon in blocked areas of the upper Columbia Basin, marking the third year for the tribes' cultural and educational salmon releases (CU No. 1916 [11]).

Officers were elected on Aug. 25 to the Energy Northwest executive board. Will Purser (Clallam County PUD) was elected to serve as board chair; John Saven (governor appointee) will serve as vice chair; Linda Gott (Mason County PUD No. 3) will continue to serve as board secretary; and Jim Mos…

A U.S. District Court judge granted a motion from federal defendants to dismiss a cross-claim by the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association in National Wildlife Federation et al. v. National Marine Fisheries Service et al. [01-640], ruling that the group has no standing.

A federal judge overruled objections by environmental plaintiffs to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' list of expert panelists to help draft interim measures for operating the Willamette Valley Project.

Following a First Judicial District Court directive issued in December [CDV-2020-290], the Montana PSC ruled that batteries must be included in calculating avoided energy costs for NorthWestern Energy in a QF contract with a wind-plus-battery facility.

Charles "Chuck" Sams III was nominated by President Joe Biden to be director of the National Park Service, according to Indian Country Today. Sams is currently an Oregon member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (CU No. 1990 [7.2]). If confirmed by the Senate, he will serve unde…

Despite dangerously warm water in the Snake and Salmon rivers this summer, the first two endangered Snake River sockeye have made the 900-mile in-river journey from the Pacific Ocean to Sawtooth Basin, the earliest arriving Aug. 7.

Therese Hampton, executive director of the Public Generating Pool, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2021, after serving since 2013. Hampton says she plans to move to southern Utah and looks forward to staying engaged in the energy industry in a consulting role. Prior to joining PG…

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