Northwest Power and Conservation Council Approves 2021 Power Plan

The 2021 Power Plan was unanimously approved today by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The 2021 Power Plan will help determine how much clean energy and energy efficiency the Northwest will use by providing a blueprint for power system decisions throughout the region. It comes at a critical time, when the Northwest needs to replace…

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Draft Power Plan Updates

This September, the Draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan was released. The 2021 Northwest Power Plan, once finalized, will help determine how much clean energy and energy efficiency the Northwest will use by providing a blueprint for power system decisions throughout the region. It comes at a critical time, when the Northwest needs to replace the energy and capacity services…

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Northwest Power and Conservation Council Releases Draft 2021 Power Plan

To learn more about the 2021 Northwest Power Plan and how to get involved, please join us for one of two upcoming webinars. We’ll review what’s in the plan, its strengths and drawbacks – and provide information and talking points that you can use to send in comments or participate in a public comment hearing on the Draft.  2021 Northwest Power Plan: Your Voice Matters!  Webinar #1 – Hosted by…

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What an Act! – the 40th Anniversary of the NW Power Act

On December 5, 1980, the groundbreaking Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (Power Act) was signed by President Jimmy Carter. This December, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the passage of this historic bill. The Power Act established a number of “firsts” for the region. It reprioritized power resources to put energy efficiency…

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May 2020 Northwest Energy Update

May 2020 Northwest Energy Update NW Utilities’ COVID-19 Response The Coalition’s effort to persuade utilities to suspend service shut-offs during the coronavirus crisis has been quite successful, especially among the region’s largest utilities many of which are also increasing support for bill assistance and reconnecting those whose service may have been shut off before the…

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Panel explores paths to NW resource adequacy

As the Northwest electric system transitions away from fossil fuel resources, many are asking how utilities plan to meet future power needs.  On May 7, 2020, the NW Energy Coalition hosted a webinar exploring that question and others.  The webinar was moderated by Coalition Senior Policy Associate, Fred Heutte.  Joining him on the panel were…

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Inslee appoints Hirsh to chair energy advisory committee

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has appointed NW Energy Coalition Executive Director, Nancy Hirsh, to co-chair a 27-member advisory committee to guide an update to the state energy strategy.  The committee’s charge is to identify policies and actions to ensure competitive energy prices, foster a clean energy economy, and ensure the state meets its greenhouse gas…

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Colstrip Units 1 & 2 to retire at year end

This morning, Talen Montana, the operator and co-owner with Puget Sound Energy of Colstrip units 1 and 2, announced that the units will be retired at year-end.  The retirement will remove a major emitter of greenhouse gases and air pollution from the Northwest energy system and, by freeing up transmission capacity from eastern Montana to…

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Washington’s groundbreaking climate package examined

8 bills that transform Washington’s energy system Click here to download the NWEC 2019 Washington State Legislative Digest for energy-related bills Click here to download the NWEC digest for E2SSB 5116, the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Bill, better known as the 100% Clean Electricity bill. Click here to download the NWEC digest for HB 1257,…

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Please join us in celebrating!

(Nancy is traveling, but she asked me to send the following message on her behalf. S.O’L.) Hi, After a long time and a great deal of effort, just now, the Washington legislature passed the third bill in the trio of NW Energy Coalition priorities for this session – the 100% Clean Electricity (SB 5116) bill, which assures that over…

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