Member Agenda

The diversity of the PNUCC membership provides a unique opportunity to identify common interests, share perspectives, learn from each other, and have frank, valuable discussions to ensure members understand where their interests overlap and why they diverge when they do. 

PNUCC provides the only regional utility perspective of loads, resources, and future power supply through the annual development of the Northwest Regional Forecast.  This work gives us a fundamental starting point for addressing regional power issues and providing members and decision makers facts about the state of the Northwest power system and industry.  

In 2017 PNUCC will focus on the following key issues facing the Northwest power industry and keep our ear to the ground as new issues emerge. The Board of Directors, Collaborative, System Planning, and Power & Natural Gas Planning committees will provide the structure to accomplish this Agenda

1.     Regional Power Supply – Demand Picture

PNUCC remains the regional source of knowledge for data and fact based information related to long term planning for loads and resources. 

  • ·        Report on the state of the Northwest Power System for 2017
  • ·        Assess options for meeting regional peak and flexibility needs
  • ·        Stay current on utility integrated resource plans
  • ·        Publish Northwest Regional Forecast
  • ·        Examine the use of energy efficiency programs’ contribution to meeting peak demand
  • ·        Understand the value of utilities energy efficiency investments
  • ·        Present regional data on loads and resources, and technical committee outcomes
  • ·        Review avoided transmission and distribution costs of implementing demand-side actions

2.     Implications of Carbon Policies

Our forums provide a unique opportunity to engage members in tactical discussions on carbon policy and implications for the Northwest.  Fact driven analysis proves useful for members in educating key decision makers and regional policy leaders.

  • ·        Update the report Carbon Emissions – A Northwest Perspective with current data
  • ·        Develop carbon principles that are aligned with members for use in development of future carbon reduction policies  
  • ·        Understand the implications of reducing carbon from electric generation
  • ·        Assess impact of evolving state energy policies

3.     Power and Natural Gas Interdependence

This PNUCC/NW Gas Association forum provides opportunities for members and others to explore the interdependence of power and natural gas, share information, provide analyses and track the work of others to apply lessons learned.

  • ·        Continue to work with NW Gas Association to provide forums to share information
  • ·        Document the details of today’s gas/electric scheduling practices
  • ·        Stay connected to FERC to understand their concerns and keep them apprised of efforts in the Northwest

4.     The Changing Electric Utility Business

Staying apprised of the industry’s ongoing transformation has led to opportunities for members to learn from each other and consider other ways to approach their thinking on business relationships, rate structures and business models. 

  • ·        Continue to provide opportunities for industry leaders to hear about strategies, data solutions and other effective tools as they map their future
  • ·        Bring successes, challenges and changes to members for discussion

5.     Emerging Markets

Emerging markets remain top-of-mind for many utilities as the Western Energy Imbalance Market continues to evolve and grow. 

  • ·        Provide regular reports from market participants, EIM Board members and market operators
  • ·        Identify barriers
  • ·        Engage with parties involved in markets, including California and the ISO, to allow members to hear about benefits and risks
  • ·        Study lessons learned from other US markets

6.     New and Emerging Topics Watch

PNUCC remains alert to emerging issues.  PNUCC will get ahead of these issues and challenges by devoting time to thoughtful discussions on difficult subjects to help in understanding perspectives.

  • ·        Track changes in state and national energy policy
  • ·        Evaluate how resource development and/or politics influences or creates issues with the Northwest Power System
  • ·        Keep watch on transmission and grid developments

7.     Future of the Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River Treaty Power Group was formed in 2011 to provide a coordinated effort to examine and influence the future of the Columbia River Treaty. Consultants have been hired to negotiate with the Canadian government. 

  • ·        Participate through financial support
  • ·        Provide staff support through management of accounts payable and meeting costs
  • ·        Track activity of CRT Power Group efforts for members

8.     Council’s 7th Power Plan Implementation

PNUCC remains the eyes and ears for members at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. 

  • ·        Contribute to the Council’s Advisory Committees as they being to implement the 7th Power Plan
  • ·        Provide monthly reports of the Council meeting

9.     Industry Partner Engagement

Industry partners that share the utilities’ interest in an adequate, reliable power supply will enrich the conversation and broaden the perspectives that PNUCC members enjoy.  

  • ·        Move forward to engage industry partners in PNUCC
  • ·        Grow PNUCC membership