Member Agenda

The diversity of the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee (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.

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.

Key Issues

PNUCC focuses on 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 Committee, and other ad hoc groups provide the structure to tackle this Member Agenda, a.k.a. our work plan.

  1.  Regional Power Supply & Demand Picture
    • Northwest Regional Forecast, state of the power system, utility IRPs, PNUCC IRP Dashboard
    • Examine resource adequacy studies/metrics for the purpose of identifying common approaches
    • Track trends impacting future loads & load forecasting efforts
    • Examine flexibility needs in planning
    • Track energy storage and other resource exploration efforts and opportunities for the West
    • Engage with the Council’s Resource Adequacy and other advisory committees
  2.  Evolving Markets
    • Engage market participants, EIM Board, market operators – experiences; benefits, risks
    • Identify and discuss barriers to capacity and ancillary service markets
    • Track potential Northwest market opportunities
  3.  Changing Electric Utility Business
    • Explore opportunities and/or challenges of changing business relationships with customers
    • Bring lessons learned from new business/customer relations, new rate structures, and other business strategies to the forum
  4.  Implications of Carbon Policies
    • Promote value of Northwest carbon-free generation in meeting carbon goals
    • Understand power system impacts of carbon reduction strategies
    • Provide a forum for discussions on various carbon reduction strategies
  5.  Council’s Power Plan Implementation
    • Identify and track Council power planning efforts impacting Northwest utilities
    • Ensure the state of the Northwest power system is reflected in the Council’s 2021 Power Plan
    • Provide regular reports of Council meetings/activities
  6.  Future of the Columbia River Treaty
    • Continue to provide staff support and accounts payable/relievable management
    • Track activity of CRT Power Group efforts for members
  7.  Power & Natural Gas Interdependence
    • Monitor western grid gas-electric interdependence work efforts – reliability
    • Continue to seek opportunities for power & natural gas planners to engage