Our mission

Bringing the power of good ideas together to assist PNUCC members in fulfilling their company missions in this ever changing electric industry.

PNUCC's mission is accomplished by providing a:

  • Searchlight for changes that will significantly impact how our industry does business in the future
  • Catalyst for examining issues that impact a significant portion of its membership
  • Forum for dialogue on policy issues of regional importance
  • Hub to coordinate technical analysis and data on Northwest power industry issues, and
  • Resource for sharing information on issues of regional importance to the power industry 



PNUCC (Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee) was formed in 1946 as a voluntary, informal organization of public and private utilities to assess regional power supply in the West Group Forecast and to support federal appropriations for power projects in the region.

In 1971 the direct service industries became members and working committees were established. A central staff was added in 1979. PNUCC provided a forum for the coordination of resource planning efforts and developed tools and methods for load and resource analyses.

In 1980, PNUCC became actively involved in planning efforts and in analysis and evaluation of proposed NW Power Planning Council and BPA programs and policy decisions. In January 1986, PNUCC was incorporated under Oregon law as a nonprofit corporation.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, PNUCC has been a central and strong voice for the utility industry in the areas of river operations, salmon recovery and resource planning.