Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Portland, OR, United States

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Portland, OR, United States
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PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout the Northwest are hosting the fifth annual Efficiency Exchange conference. The region-wide event focuses on promoting innovation, discussing emerging trends and sharing new ideas on how utility energy efficiency programs can adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace. This year’s event will be at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on May 9-10, 2017. “BPA is proud to be a partner in this excellent event where cutting-edge ideas, technologies and research are shared for the benefit of the people of the Northwest,” said Richard Génecé, BPA vice president of Energy Efficiency. “Efficiency Exchange provides a vibrant forum for people, products and policies that make our region a national trendsetter in the efficient use of energy.” This year’s conference kicks off with a keynote from Shane Snow, an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. Snow is co-founder of the content technology company Contently, which helps creative people and companies tell great stories together. Shane serves on the board of the Contently Foundation for Investigative Journalism, and is the author of Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking. Snow's writing has appeared in Fast Company, Wired, The New Yorker, and dozens more top publications. The second day of the conference will feature Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance, a premier non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., has worked for nearly four decades to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Under Callahan’s leadership, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education, and market transformation initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. “The Northwest has a rich history of leading innovation in energy efficiency through region-wide collaboration,” said NEEA’s executive director, Susan E. Stratton. “Efficiency Exchange brings together thought leaders and program experts to surface ideas and new insights that help shape our energy future.” In addition to the two keynotes, energy efficiency experts from around the Northwest will present on a range of topics, such as green load building, emerging technologies, and driving energy efficiency through digital engagement. “Energy efficiency is the region’s second largest resource after hydropower, and it continues to be our largest least-cost new resource. These savings have also lowered ratepayers’ electricity bills by $4 billion a year,” said Henry Lorenzen, chair of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. “Events like the Efficiency Exchange play a critical role in helping to nurture its development and advance the next generation of energy efficiency. The Council strongly supports the conference and looks forward to working with our partners to build on the region’s success.” Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit, an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest. View the full agenda of the conference at BPA is a not-for-profit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of the high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy, and together they have saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA is dedicated to accelerating both electric and gas energy efficiency, leveraging its regional partnerships to advance the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power more than 900,000 homes each year. As the second-largest resource in the Northwest, energy efficiency can offset most of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. About the Northwest Power and Conservation Council The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is an agency of the four Northwest states of Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington. Under the Northwest Power Act of 1980, the Council develops a Northwest Power Plan to assure the region an adequate, efficient, economical, and reliable power supply while protecting, mitigating and enhancing fish and wildlife that have been affected by the construction and operation of hydropower dams in the Columbia River Basin. Through the power plan the Council sets strategies and establishes targets for energy efficiency in the region, and through the Regional Technical Forum ( the Council and other Forum partners work to verify that efficiency measures implemented by utilities produce real savings.

Karier T.,Eastern Washington University | Jourabchi M.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Electricity Journal | Year: 2017

The Pacific Northwest power system emits carbon but it is difficult to identify long-term trends or short-term events because of high year-to-year variation related to hydropower. However, it is possible to normalize CO2 emissions, essentially estimating what emissions would have been each year if runoff had been average. The method is relevant for identifying trends as well as setting CO2 emissions targets and verifying their achievement.1 © 2017 Elsevier Inc.

Karier T.,Eastern Washington University | Fazio J.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Electricity Journal | Year: 2017

One of the ways that hydropower contributes to reducing carbon is by enhancing the ability of new resources, including renewables, to meet peak loads. An analysis concludes that the hydropower system can triple the capacity value for Columbia Gorge wind from initially low values and increase the capacity value of Southern Idaho solar by a factor of 10. Energy efficiency has the highest overall capacity value relative to average energy. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.

Paquet P.J.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council | Flagg T.,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Appleby A.,Hatchery Evaluation and Assessment Unit leader | Barr J.,Independent consultant | And 9 more authors.
Fisheries | Year: 2011

New hatchery management strategies in the Columbia River Basin focus on conservation of naturally spawning populations as an equal priority to providing fish for harvest -a difficult balance to achieve. The Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) assessed 178 hatchery programs and 351 salmonid populations to determine how to achieve managers' goals for conservation and sustainable fisheries. Modeling determined the best strategy, using an approach based on best available science, goal identification, scientific defensibility, and adaptive management to refocus from an aquaculture paradigm to a renewable natural resource paradigm. We concluded that hatcheries and natural populations must be managed with the same biological principles. HSRG solutions improved the conservation status of many populations (25% for steelhead trout, more than 70% for Chinook and coho salmons) while also providing increased harvest. Natural-origin steelhead trout and coho salmon spawners increased by 6,000 to 10,000; Chinook salmon increased by more than 35,000 compared to current numbers. Hatchery juvenile production decreased slightly, and in most cases production shifted from populations of concern. Overall harvest potential increased from 717,000 to 818,000 fish by focusing on selective fishing and by relocating some in-river harvest closer to where the fish originate. With habitat improvements, often the number of natural-origin fish nearly doubled.

Diao R.,Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Makarov Y.V.,Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Samaan N.,Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Kujala B.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council
2014 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability, SusTech 2014 | Year: 2014

In this paper, a new method is proposed to investigate the impact of 30-min wind transfers between balancing authorities (BAs) on balancing requirements. The main idea is that if the wind energy transfer from a source BA could be scheduled every half an hour compared to the traditional hourly schedule, it would make the schedule follow its net load more closely. The load-following component is calculated as: (a) the difference between the net load and modified schedule in the source BA, and (b) the difference between modified net load and unchanged hourly schedule in the sink BA. This new method is tested on a few BAs in the Pacific Northwest with source BAs sending renewable and sink BAs receiving renewables. Simulated load following (upward and downward) requirements with the proposed 30-min schedules are compared with the results obtained with all generators scheduled on an hourly basis. The proposed method can effectively help utilities better understand the impact of 30-minute scheduling and make better business decisions. © 2014 IEEE.

PubMed | Imperial College London, University of Washington, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, University of Florida and 7 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Ambio | Year: 2016

At present, inland fisheries are not often a national or regional governance priority and as a result, inland capture fisheries are undervalued and largely overlooked. As such they are threatened in both developing and developed countries. Indeed, due to lack of reliable data, inland fisheries have never been part of any high profile global fisheries assessment and are notably absent from the Sustainable Development Goals. The general public and policy makers are largely ignorant of the plight of freshwater ecosystems and the fish they support, as well as the ecosystem services generated by inland fisheries. This ignorance is particularly salient given that the current emphasis on the food-water-energy nexus often fails to include the important role that inland fish and fisheries play in food security and supporting livelihoods in low-income food deficit countries. Developing countries in Africa and Asia produce about 11 million tonnes of inland fish annually, 90 % of the global total. The role of inland fisheries goes beyond just kilocalories; fish provide important micronutrients and essentially fatty acids. In some regions, inland recreational fisheries are important, generating much wealth and supporting livelihoods. The following three key recommendations are necessary for action if inland fisheries are to become a part of the food-water-energy discussion: invest in improved valuation and assessment methods, build better methods to effectively govern inland fisheries (requires capacity building and incentives), and develop approaches to managing waters across sectors and scales. Moreover, if inland fisheries are recognized as important to food security, livelihoods, and human well-being, they can be more easily incorporated in regional, national, and global policies and agreements on water issues. Through these approaches, inland fisheries can be better evaluated and be more fully recognized in broader water resource and aquatic ecosystem planning and decision-making frameworks, enhancing their value and sustainability for the future.

Naiman R.J.,University of Washington | Naiman R.J.,University of Western Australia | Alldredge J.R.,Washington State University | Beauchamp D.A.,U.S. Geological Survey | And 14 more authors.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | Year: 2012

Well-functioning food webs are fundamental for sustaining rivers as ecosystems and maintaining associated aquatic and terrestrial communities. The current emphasis on restoring habitat structure - without explicitly considering food webs - has been less successful than hoped in terms of enhancing the status of targeted species and often overlooks important constraints on ecologically effective restoration. We identify three priority food web-related issues that potentially impede successful river restoration: uncertainty about habitat carrying capacity, proliferation of chemicals and contaminants, and emergence of hybrid food webs containing a mixture of native and invasive species. Additionally, there is the need to place these food web considerations in a broad temporal and spatial framework by understanding the consequences of altered nutrient, organic matter (energy), water, and thermal sources and flows, reconnecting critical habitats and their food webs, and restoring for changing environments. As an illustration, we discuss how the Columbia River Basin, site of one of the largest aquatic/riparian restoration programs in the United States, would benefit from implementing a food web perspective. A food web perspective for the Columbia River would complement ongoing approaches and enhance the ability to meet the vision and legal obligations of the US Endangered Species Act, the Northwest Power Act (Fish and Wildlife Program), and federal treaties with Northwest Indian Tribes while meeting fundamental needs for improved river management.

Kubiszewski I.,Australian National University | Costanza R.,Australian National University | Dorji L.,National Statistics Bureau | Thoennes P.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council | Tshering K.,National Statistics Bureau
Ecosystem Services | Year: 2013

We estimated the value of ecosystem services in Bhutan using benefit transfer methodology in order to determine an initial assessment of their overall contribution to human well-being The total estimated value was approximately $15.5. billion/yr (NU760 billion/yr), significantly greater than the gross domestic product (GDP) of $3.5. billion/yr.We also estimated who benefits from Bhutan's ecosystem services. 53% of the total benefits accrue to people outside Bhutan. 47% of the benefits accrue to people inside the country-15 % at the national level, and 32% at the local level. Based on this and a population of 700,000 we estimated Bhutan's combined per capita annual benefits at $15,400/capita/yr. Of this $5000 is from goods and services captured in GDP and $10,400 is from ecosystem services. This is only a partial estimate that leaves out other sources of benefits to people, including social and cultural values.This study is the first phase of a larger, multiyear project and ongoing effort in Bhutan. Subsequent phases will apply more sophisticated methods to further elaborate the value of Bhutan's ecosystem services, who benefits from them, how they can best be integrated into national well-being accounting, and how best to manage them. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Leonard N.J.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council | Fritsch M.A.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council | Ruff J.D.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council | Fazio J.F.,Northwest Power and Conservation Council | And 2 more authors.
Fisheries Management and Ecology | Year: 2015

The Columbia River Basin (Basin) is located in the Pacific Northwest, United States. The 370 hydroelectric dams in the Basin provide the Pacific Northwest with many services including hydropower generation, flood control, agricultural irrigation and navigation. The basin also provides habitat for a variety of anadromous and resident fishes and wildlife species. Balancing the energy demands with the needs of fish and wildlife is a daunting task. Through the implementation of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (Power Act), the Council, in collaboration with state, federal, tribal and non-governmental partners, attempts to address the needs of fish and wildlife with that of hydropower generation. The implementation has become increasingly challenging as the Basin's ecosystem continues to be impacted by societal demands and the resulting environmental impacts. The focus of this paper is the ongoing challenge of meeting the demands on hydropower generation and of the basin's fish species. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

News Article | November 9, 2015

Salmon returns in the Columbia River, counted at Bonneville Dam, were the largest in 2014 than in any year since 1938, when fish counting began at the site, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

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