The council came into being with the passage of the Northwest Power Act of 1980. The Power Act established an interstate compact consisting of Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho, each state having two governor-appointed representatives. The council has two major planning functions under the Act: developing a fish and wildlife program to protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife populations affected by the development of the federal Columbia River hydropower system; and developing a 20-year regional power plan. The council updates these plans on a roughly five-year rotation. The council strives to ensure, through public participation, an affordable and reliable energy system while enhancing fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin. In addition to the eight council members, there is a staff of approximately 50, located in offices spread throughout the four states.
Mailing Address: Oregon Office: 851 SW 6th Ave., Suite 1100, Portland 97204-1347
Contact: Richard Devlin, Chuck Sams, Oregon Council Members
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 469