The Public Power Council (PPC) represents the Pacific
Northwest's consumer-owned utilities on important
issues in the region and in Washington, D.C.
Our focus is on the federal Columbia River Power System, and on Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) ratemaking,
revenue requirements and policies. In addition,
PPC engages with BPA and the Northwest Power and
Conservation Council on issues related to power supply
planning and conservation, and strives to keep its
members informed about transmission issues, including
rates and potential impacts to the Northwest from federal policy proposals. Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife recovery efforts
are a large component of power rates in the Northwest,
and PPC tracks developments in this arena and partners in its advocacy with other regional parties.
In all of these efforts, the
bottom line for PPC is to create consensus positions and to safeguard and protect the
priority rights of consumer-owned utilities to federally
generated power at cost. PPC’s mission from the outset was to represent public power in
regional forums on wholesale power issues, provide
technical expertise to consumer-owned utilities in the Columbia
River Basin and preserve our members' historical
and legal first rights to the power generated from
the federal hydro system.
Serving Consumer-Owned Utilities
PPC has provided the region's consumer-owned utilities
an economic and effective way to address wholesale
electric power issues. Working through PPC, consumer-owned
utilities can stay informed and present a unified front on critical industry issues.
For four decades, PPC has represented the views of
public power and influenced
major legislation, such as the Pacific Northwest
Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
PPC’s principal task has been to represent
and defend the views of public power before BPA. We
have participated actively in BPA rate proceedings
and contract negotiations in an effort to keep wholesale
power rates low and the terms as favorable as possible.
PPC also works extensively on transmission issues important to our members before BPA, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and other transmission organizations. PPC has responded to a diverse array of issues and continues to find ways to change with the times to carry out our mission on behalf of the Northwest's consumer-owned utilities.
Formed in December 1966, PPC arose from
the Rates and Economics Section of the Northwest
Public Power Association. Since that time, PPC has enabled the
region's consumer-owned utilities to deal with wholesale
electric power issues in an economic and effective
fashion. Through PPC, consumer-owned utilities
can speak with one regional voice on the critical
issues facing public power.
For additional information on PPC history,
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