Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Present Duties

Pacific Center building
The Pacific Center in downtown Portland. It holds the office of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Northwest Power and Conservation 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 the development of a 20-year regional power plan. The council updates these plans on a roughly five-year rotation. The council describes its mission as ensuring, 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, mostly in Portland but also located in offices spread throughout the four states.

Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: Oregon Office: 851 SW 6th Ave., Suite 1100, Portland 97204-1347
Telephone: 503-229-5171
Fax: 503-229-5173
General Email: info@nwcouncil.org
Contact: Bill Bradbury, Henry Lorenzen, Oregon Council Members
Records Officer Email: Che Mortimer 
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 469.805
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