The Northwest Energy and Conservation Council sets strong goals for renewable energy

The team is tasked with predicting the region’s energy needs and leading the long-term growth of the electricity system through its five-year Northwest energy plan. According to councilor Patrick Oshi, each issue is based on a 20-year perspective, but in the first five years, it includes a faster “action time.”

The plan is primarily guided by Bonneville Power Management Policy; It does not apply directly to local providers such as Clark. But BPA measures indirectly affect consumers in the Northwest. According to the agency, about 28 percent of the region’s total energy is available on the website and it provides a huge amount in some markets. Clark Public Utilities buys more than half of its power from BPA.

New targets

The 2021 draft plan will focus more on renewable energy resources than in previous versions, including 3,500 megawatts of renewable energy by 2027. The original version of the plan did not have special guidelines for renewable energy. Council Power Director Kujala.

He said the 3,500 megawatt target is intended to meet the requirements set out in the new state laws, such as Washington’s 2019 Pure Energy Transformation Act, but that both solar and wind are less than half the price per megawatt. If the final energy plan is formulated, and is now cheaper than conventional alternatives such as greenhouse gases.

Hydroelectric power has always been at the heart of the BAP portfolio, but falling prices have turned the wind and the sun into core components of the system, there is a buzz, and the trend is expected to continue. Existing sources should be adjusted in the plan, taking into account the added renewable components.

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