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 2018 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 and Demand Picture

PNUCC remains the regional source for fact-based information related to long-term planning and the hub to coordinate technical analysis and data on the Northwest power industry.

  • Develop Northwest Regional Forecast
  • Stay current on utility IRPs and state of the power system, keep PNUCC IRP Dashboard current
  • Present regional loads and resources data, and technical committee outcomes
  • Understand energy efficiency and demand response valuation efforts
  • Explore how individual entities define, measure and consider flexibility in planning
  • Assess cost, availability and viability of future storage opportunities for the Northwest

2.Implications of Carbon Policies

The forum provides unique opportunities for members to engage in discussions on carbon policy and regional implications.  Fact driven analysis proves useful for members in educating decision makers.

  • Assess impact of evolving state energy policies
  • Understand changes to power requirements as a result of reducing carbon in electric generation
  • Underscore the region’s aggressive accomplishments and the value of carbon-free generation, including hydropower, in meeting states’ carbon goals
  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with transportation and manufacturing sectors on carbon reduction strategies

3. Evolving Markets

Wholesale power markets remain top-of-mind as Western markets continue to evolve.

  • Provide regular updates from market participants, EIM Board members and market operators
  • Identify barriers to capacity and ancillary service markets, provide a forum for discussion
  • Study lessons learned from other US markets, and engage with parties in various markets, such as CAISO and SPP, to understand benefits and risks
  • Seek to understand current intertie flows, changing system dynamics and their challenges and opportunities to the Northwest for new markets
  • Track potential Northwest market opportunities
  • Provide opportunities to discuss the implications of pending changes to reliability coordination and grid stabilization efforts.

4. Power and Natural Gas Interdependence

This PNUCC/NW Gas Association forum provides opportunities for participants to share information, explore natural gas-electric interdependence, and analyze and track others’ work to apply lessons learned.

  • Continue to support, with the NWGA, the Power & Natural Gas Planning Taskforce
  • Consider the possibility of a broader western grid gas-electric interdependence work effort
  • Explore the impacts of electrification of various gas loads

5. The Changing Electric Utility Business

Staying apprised of the industry’s transformation provides opportunities for members to learn from each other and consider new business/customer relations, 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
  • Explore opportunities and/or challenges of changing business relationships with customers
  • Bring lessons learned through successes, challenges and changes to members

6. Future of the Columbia River Treaty

Work closely with the Columbia River Treaty Power Group’s coordinated effort to influence and inform a renegotiated Columbia River Treaty with Canada.

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

7. Council’s 7th Power Plan Implementation

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

  • Provide members monthly reports of Council meetings
  • Contribute to the Council’s Advisory Committees as they implement the 7th Power Plan
  • Work with the Council staff to update avoided T&D value from demand side resources
  • Engage in the 7th Plan Mid-Term Review and weigh in where appropriate

8. 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. 

  • Invite potential industry partners to share about their businesses and industries
  • Identify industry interests to participate in special projects

9. New and Emerging Topics Watch

PNUCC remains alert to emerging issues and will bring perspectives from inside and outside the Northwest to members. PNUCC will be a conduit for sharing information and provide forums for thoughtful discussion on policy issues, opportunities and challenges of regional importance.