For your convenience, NewsData has compiled a list of the acronyms we utilize throughout the Clearing Up Publication.

  • AC: alternating current
  • AMI: advanced metering infrastructure
  • APPA: America Public Power Association
  • aMW: average megawatt
  • BA/BAA: balancing authority/balancing authority area
  • Bcf: billion cubic feet
  • BCUC: British Columbia Utilities Commission
  • BiOp: Biological Opinion 
  • BPA: Bonneville Power Administration
  • Btu: British thermal unit
  • BuRec: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 
  • CAISO: California Independent System Operator
  • CARB: California Air Resources Board
  • CCA: community choice aggregation
  • CDFW: California Department of Fish and Wildlife 
  • CFL: compact fluorescent lamp
  • CEC: California Energy Commission
  • CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act 
  • CHP: combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration
  • COB: California/Oregon Border 
  • CO2: carbon dioxide
  • CPUC: California Public Utilities Commission
  • CRITFC: Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • CRT: Columbia River Treaty
  • CUB: Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon
  • DC: direct current
  • DER: distributed energy resource(s)
  • DOE: U.S. Department of Energy
  • DR: demand response
  • DRECP: Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
  • DSI: Direct Service Industries (primarily Northwest aluminum, served directly by BPA)
  • DSM: demand-side management
  • DWR: California Department of Water Resources
  • EIA: U. S. Energy Information Administration
  • EIM: energy imbalance market
  • EIR: environmental impact report
  • EIS: environmental impact statement
  • ENW: Energy Northwest
  • EPA: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPRI: Electric Power Research Institute
  • ESA: Endangered Species Act
  • ESU: evolutionarily significant unit
  • EV: electric vehicle 
  • FBS: Federal Base System 
  • FCRPS: Federal Columbia River Power System
  • FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • FIT: feed-in tariff
  • GHG: greenhouse gas
  • GW: gigawatt
  • GWh: gigawatt-hour
  • HCP: habitat conservation plan
  • ICIP: Industrial Customers of Idaho Power
  • ICNU: Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities
  • IDFG: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • IID: Imperial Irrigation District
  • IOU: investor-owned utility
  • IPUC: Idaho Public Utilities Commission
  • IRP: integrated resource plan
  • ISAB: Independent Scientific Advisory Board
  • ISO: independent system operator
  • ISRP: Independent Scientific Review Panel
  • kV: kilovolt
  • kVA: kilovolt-ampere
  • kW: kilowatt
  • kWh: kilowatt-hour
  • LED: light-emitting diode
  • LMP: locational marginal pricing
  • LNG: liquefied natural gas
  • MECA: Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association
  • Mid-C: Mid-Columbia trading hub and a geographical region in Central Washington
  • MMBtu: 1 million British thermal units
  • MOU: memorandum of understanding
  • MPSC: Montana Public Service Commission
  • MW: megawatt
  • MWh: megawatt-hour
  • NARUC: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners 
  • NCPA: Northern California Power Agency 
  • NEEA: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • NEM: net energy metering
  • NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act
  • NERC: North American Electric Reliability Corp.
  • NHA: National Hydropower Association
  • NIPPC: Northwest and Intermountain Power Producers Coalition
  • NPCC: Northwest Power and Conservation Council (originally Northwest Power Planning Council)
  • NRC: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • NRDC: Natural Resources Defense Council
  • NRECA: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • NRTA: Northwest Regional Transmission Association
  • NOAA Fisheries: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, also known in legal and historical documents as National Marine Fisheries Service
  • NWEC: NW Energy Coalition
  • NWPP: Northwest Power Pool
  • NWPPA: Northwest Public Power Association
  • OATT: open access transmission tariff
  • ODFW: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon EFSC: Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council
  • OPUC: Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • OPUDA: Oregon People's Utility District Association
  • ORECA: Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • PF: BPA priority firm power rate
  • PGP: Public Generating Pool
  • PIT: passive integrated transponder, a reference to fish-tracking tags
  • PMA: power marketing administration
  • PNGC Power: Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative
  • PNUCC: Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee
  • PPA: power purchase agreement
  • PPC: Public Power Council
  • PUCN: Public Utilties Commission of Nevada
  • PUD: public utility district
  • PURPA: Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978
  • PV: photovoltaics
  • QF: qualifying facility under PURPA
  • REA: rural electric association
  • REC: renewable energy credit
  • RETI: Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
  • RFP: request for proposals
  • RFQ: request for qualifications
  • ROD: record of decision
  • RPS: renewables portfolio standard
  • RTO: regional transmission organization
  • SAR: smolt-to-adult returns 
  • SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition 
  • SCPPA: Southern California Public Power Authority
  • SEPA: Washington State Environmental Policy Act
  • SWRCB: California State Water Resources Control Board
  • TAC: Technical Advisory Committee (Columbia River fisheries)
  • TOU: time of use
  • USACE: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, also abbreviated COE
  • USFS: U.S. Forest Service
  • USFWS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • WAPA: Western Area Power Administration
  • WDFW: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 
  • WECC: Western Electricity Coordinating Council, formerly WSCC (Western Systems Coordinating Council)
  • Washington EFSEC: Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
  • WPUDA: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
  • WRECA: Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • WPAG: Western Public Agency Group
  • WPPSS: the former Washington Public Power Supply System, now known as Energy Northwest
  • WUTC: Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission