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Seventh Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan
Document Number: 2016-12474
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-26
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 839 et seq.) requires the Council to adopt and periodically review and revise a regional power plan, the Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan. The Council first adopted the power and conservation plan in 1983, with significant amendments or complete revisions adopted in 1986, 1991, 1998, 2004 and 2010. The Council began a review of the power and conservation plan in March 2013, and in October 2015 the Council released for public review and comment the Draft Northwest Seventh Electric Power and Conservation Plan. During the comment period, the Council held public hearings in each of the four Northwest states, as required by the Northwest Power Act, engaged in consultations about the power and conservation plan with various governments, entities and individuals in the region, and accepted and considered substantial written and oral comments. At the Council's regularly scheduled public meeting in February 2016 in Portland, Oregon, the Council formally adopted the revised power and conservation plan, called the Seventh Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan. The revised power and conservation plan meets the requirements of the Northwest Power Act, which specifies the components the power plan is to have, including an energy conservation program, a recommendation for research and development; a methodology for determining quantifiable environmental costs and benefits; a 20- year demand forecast; a forecast of power resources that the Bonneville Power Administration will need to meet its obligations; and an analysis of reserve and reserve reliability requirements. The power and conservation plan also includes the Council's Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, developed pursuant to other procedural requirements under the Northwest Power Act. The Council followed the adoption of the power and conservation plan with a decision at its regular monthly meeting in May 2016 in Boise, Idaho, to approve a Statement of Basis and Purpose and Response to Comments to accompany the final plan. The final power and conservation plan is available on the Council's Web site, at http://www.nwcouncil.org/energy/powerplan/7/home/.
Amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program; Corrected Notice
Document Number: 2015-07065
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, the Council has amended its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (program). The final amended program may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2014-12. In the Council's earlier notice of the amended program (Doc #2015-06299, published 3/19/ 2015) the URL link was incorrectly stated as http://www.nwcouncil.org/ fw/2014F&WProgram/. Background: Pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, in March 2013 the Northwest Power and Conservation Council requested in writing that state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, and others submit recommendations for amendments to the Council's Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council received over 1,500 pages of recommendations and supporting information from 68 entities and 412 individuals. The Council subsequently received extensive written public comment on the program amendment recommendations. In May 2014, after reviewing the recommendations, the supporting information, the comments received on the recommendations, and other information in the administrative record, the Council released for public review a draft revised program. The Council received over 1,500 pages of substantial written comments on the draft amendments. The Council also took oral testimony at ten public hearings around the region and at regularly scheduled Council meetings. Transcripts of these hearings are in the administrative record along with the written comments. As specified in Section 4(h)(5), the Council also held a number of consultations on the recommendations and draft amendments with representatives of state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, federal hydrosystem agencies, and customers of the Bonneville Power Administration. Notes from these consultations are also in the administrative record. Relevant documents from the program amendment process, including the recommendations, draft program amendments and comments, may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2014-03. Following this public review process required by the Northwest Power Act, and after deliberations in public over the course of several Council meetings, the Council adopted the final revised program in October 2014 at a regularly scheduled Council meeting in Pendleton, Oregon. The Council based its decisions on the recommendations, supporting documents, and views and information obtained through public comment and participation and consultation with the agencies, tribes, and customers. In the final step of this program amendment process, at its regularly scheduled March 2015 meeting in Eugene, Oregon, the Council adopted written findings as part of the program explaining its disposition of program amendment recommendations along with responses to comments received on the program amendment recommendations and on the draft amended program. The findings and responses have been made part of the program as Appendix S.
Amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
Document Number: 2015-06299
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-19
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, the Council has amended its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (program). The final amended program may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/2014F&WProgram/. BACKGROUND: Pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, in March 2013 the Northwest Power and Conservation Council requested in writing that state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, and others submit recommendations for amendments to the Council's Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council received over 1500 pages of recommendations and supporting information from 68 entities and 412 individuals. The Council subsequently received extensive written public comment on the program amendment recommendations. In May 2014, after reviewing the recommendations, the supporting information, the comments received on the recommendations, and other information in the administrative record, the Council released for public review a draft revised program. The Council received over 1500 pages of substantial written comments on the draft amendments. The Council also took oral testimony at ten public hearings around the region and at regularly scheduled Council meetings. Transcripts of these hearings are in the administrative record along with the written comments. As specified in Section 4(h)(5), the Council also held a number of consultations on the recommendations and draft amendments with representatives of state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, federal hydrosystem agencies, and customers of the Bonneville Power Administration. Notes from these consultations are also in the administrative record. Relevant documents from the program amendment process, including the recommendations, draft program amendments and comments, may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2014/. Following this public review process required by the Northwest Power Act, and after deliberations in public over the course of several Council meetings, the Council adopted the final revised program in October 2014 at a regularly scheduled Council meeting in Pendleton, Oregon. The Council based its decisions on the recommendations, supporting documents, and views and information obtained through public comment and participation and consultation with the agencies, tribes, and customers. In the final step of this program amendment process, at its regularly scheduled March 2015 meeting in Eugene, Oregon, the Council adopted written findings as part of the program explaining its disposition of program amendment recommendations along with responses to comments received on the program amendment recommendations and on the draft amended program. The findings and responses have been made part of the program as Appendix S.
Amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
Document Number: 2011-5758
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-14
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, the Council has amended its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program to add the Blackfoot River Subbasin Plan. The program as amended may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program and then, for the subbasin plan elements and relevant decision documents in particular, at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ subbasinplanning/Default.htm. Further information and an explanation of this amendment process may be found in the documents on that page or by contacting the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at (503) 222- 5161 or toll free (800) 452-5161.
Amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
Document Number: 2011-5599
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-11
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, the Council has amended its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program to add the Blackfoot River Subbasin Plan. The program as amended may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program and then, for the subbasin plan elements and relevant decision documents in particular, at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ subbasinplanning/Default.htm. Further information and an explanation of this amendment process may be found in the documents on that page or by contacting the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at (503) 222- 5161 or toll free (800) 452-5161.
Amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
Document Number: 2010-26372
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-20
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, the Council has amended its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program to add the Bitterroot River Subbasin Plan. The program as amended may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ program and then, for the subbasin plan elements and relevant decision documents in particular, at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ subbasinplanning/Default.htm. Further information and an explanation of this amendment process may be found in the documents on that page or by contacting the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at (503) 222- 5161 or toll free (800) 452-5161.
Sixth Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan
Document Number: 2010-10373
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-04
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 839 et seq.) requires the Council to adopt and periodically review and revise a regional power plan, the Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan. The Council first adopted the power and conservation plan in 1983, with significant amendments or complete revisions adopted in 1986, 1991, 1998 and 2004. The Council began a review of the power and conservation plan in December 2007, and in September 2009, the Council released for public review and comment the Draft Northwest Sixth Electric Power and Conservation Plan. During the comment period, the Council held public hearings in each of the four Northwest states, as required by the Northwest Power Act, engaged in consultations about the power and conservation plan with various governments, entities and individuals in the region, and accepted and considered substantial written and oral comments.
Amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
Document Number: E9-15090
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-26
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, the Council has amended its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (program). The final amended program may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program. Background: Pursuant to section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, in November 2007 the Northwest Power and Conservation Council requested in writing that State and Federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, and others submit recommendations for amendments to the Council's Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council received over 3000 pages of recommendations and supporting information from 65 entities. The Council then received extensive written public comment on the program amendment recommendations. In September 2008, after reviewing the recommendations, the supporting information, and the comments received on the recommendations, the Council released for public review a draft revised Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council received over 1000 pages of substantial written comments on the draft amendments. All of these documents may be found on the Council's Web site at http:// www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2008amend. The Council also took oral testimony at a dozen public hearings around the region. Transcripts of these hearings are in the administrative record along with the written comments. As specified in section 4(h)(5), the Council also held a number of consultations on the recommendations and draft amendments with representatives of State and Federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, Federal hydrosystem agencies, and customers of the Bonneville Power Administration. Notes from these consultations are also in the administrative record.
Proposed Amendments to Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
Document Number: E8-21508
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-15
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 839 et seq.), the Council invites comments through October 30, 2008, on proposed amendments to its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (program), Council document 2008-11. The proposed amendments may be found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ program/2008amend. Background: In November 2007, the Council formally requested recommendations for amendments to the program under section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act. The Council received 65 sets of recommendations by the deadline of April 4, 2008, from fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, and others. The recommendations and supporting information have been collected in Council document 2008-06. The Council provided notice of the amendment recommendations to interested parties and the public and asked for comments. The comments on the recommendations are collected in Council document 2008-09. The Council then based its program amendments on the amendment recommendations submitted to the Council by the deadline, data and information submitted in support of the recommendations, the comments received on the recommendations, and consultations with fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, Bonneville customers, and others. The recommendations, supporting information, comments on the recommendations, and the Council's proposed program amendments (in Council document 2008-11) are all found on the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/ 2008amend. The Council will accept written public comment on the proposed program amendments through October 30, 2008 and will hold public hearings to take written and oral comments in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington from mid-September through mid-October. For more information on the day, time and locations for the public hearings, please see the Council's Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ program/2008amend/hearings.htm or call the Council's Central Offices at (503) 222-5161 or (800) 452-5161. The Council may schedule additional public hearings or consultations if necessary. The Council expects to make final decisions on the proposed amendments at the Council's meeting in Portland, Oregon, on December 9- 11, 2008. At the end of this process, the Council will make findings required by the Northwest Power Act regarding any recommendations the Council rejects. The Council may adopt or reject any of these proposed amendments after it has received and reviewed public comments. Request for Comments: You are invited to comment on the proposed program amendments by 5 p.m. on October 30, 2008. To learn how to comment, please visit the Council's Web site at http:// www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2008amend. You may also submit comments by mail to Mark Walker, Director of Public Affairs at 851 SW. 6th Avenue, Suite 1100, Portland, Oregon 97204.
Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Subbasin Plan Amendments
Document Number: 05-19760
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-03
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (U.S.C. 839 et seq.) (the Power Act) requires the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to adopt and periodically review and amend the Fish and Wildlife Program. The program must be designed to protect, mitigate and enhance the fish and wildlife affected by the development and operation of the hydroelectric facilities of the Columbia River and its tributaries, while also assuring the region of an adequate, efficient, economical and reliable power supply. On August 12, 2002, pursuant to Section 4(h) of the Power Act, the Council requested in writing that state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes and others submit recommendations for amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council requested recommendations for objectives and measures for the program at the subbasin level, to be submitted in the form of a subbasin plan for each subbasin or as possible elements for a subbasin plan. On May 28, 2004, the Council received proposed subbasin plans for 59 subbasins of the Columbia River, formally recommended for amendment into the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council then engaged in the lengthy public review process required by the Power Act for recommended program amendments, including notice and public review and comment on the recommendations and notice, comment and public hearings in all four states of the Columbia basin on proposed draft amendments based on the recommendations. Following the required public review, the Council formally adopted as amendments into the Fish and Wildlife Program subbasin plans for 57 Columbia basin subbasins, based on the recommendations submitted. The Council made its decisions to adopt the subbasin plan amendments at its public meetings in December 2004, February 2005, May 2005 and June 2005. At its September 2005 public meeting, the Council concluded its subbasin plan program amendment process by adopting, as part of its program, a document describing the subbasin plan amendment process, making written findings explaining the Council's disposition of the amendment recommendations, and explaining how the Council responded to the public comment on the recommendations and draft program amendments. This documents also serves as a Statement of Basis and Purpose for the Council's decision. The subbasin plans amended into the program and the program document with the findings on recommendations and responses to comments may be found on the Council's Web site, at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ subbasinplanning/Default.htm.
Fifth Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan
Document Number: 05-5096
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-15
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 839 et.) (the Power Act) requires the Council to adopt and periodically review and revise a regional power plan, the Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan (the power plan). The Council first adopted the power plan in 1983, with significant amendments or complete revisions adopted in 1986, 1991 and 1998. The Council began a review of the power plan in 2002, and in September 2004, the Council released for public review and comment the Draft Fifth Power Plan. During the comment period, the Council held public hearings in each of four Northwest states, as required by the Power Act, engaged in consultations about the power plan with various governments, entities and individuals in the region, and accepted and considered substantial written and oral comments. At the Council public meeting in December 2004 in Portland, Oregon, the Council formally adopted the revised power plan, called the Fifth Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Plan. The revised power plan meets the requirements of the Power Act, which specifies the components the power plan is to have. The Power Act requires the power plan to include among other elements, an energy conservation program, a recommendation for research and development; a methodology for determining quantifiable environmental costs and benefits; a 20-year demand forecast; a forecast of power resources that the Bonneville Power Administration will need to meet its obligations; an analysis of reserve and reserve reliability requirements; and a surcharge methodology. The plan also includes the Council's Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, developed pursuant to other procedural requirements under the Power Act. The Council followed the adoption of the power plan with a decision at its February 2005 meeting, also in Portland, Oregon, to adopt a Response to Comments and Statement of Basis and Purpose to accompany the final power plan. A pre-publication version of the final power plan is available on the Council's Web site, at http://www.nwcouncil.org/ energy/powerplan/draftplan/Default.htm. A formal version will be published in the near future.
Northwest Power and Conservation Planning Council Subbasin Plan Draft Amendments
Document Number: 05-1249
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council, Agencies and Commissions
Following the mandate set out in the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 839 et seq.) (the Act), in November 1982 the Council adopted a regional program, the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Act requires the program be designed to protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife of the Columbia River Basin affected by hydropower dams, while also assuring the region of an adequate, efficient, economical and reliable power supply.