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Published: March 04, 2010

ColumbiaGrid taking the role of Northwest Area Coordinator


BPA will begin transitioning its Northwest Area Coordinator role (WECC power flow base case development) to ColumbiaGrid on March 5, 2010.  The ColumbiaGrid members determined that the Area Coordinator role would be an appropriate activity for ColumbiaGrid when they adopted the ColumbiaGrid Planning and Expansion Functional Agreement (PEFA) in February of 2007.  In May of 2009, BPA sent out a notification letter informing Northwest entities that this transition was being planned.


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WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

Member: Chelan County PUD      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Chelan County PUD

"Chelan PUD is a strong supporter of ColumbiaGrid and the work that’s accomplished through the transmission Planning and Expansion Functional Agreement (PEFA). As a result of that process, the mid-C utilities (Chelan, Grant and Douglas PUDs) and Bonneville Power Administration were able to reach an agreement that defined the need for a new transmission line, as well as determine who will construct, own and pay for the facility. Those difficult decisions were made successful through the expert and independent expertise of the ColumbiaGrid staff."
~~ Chad Bowman, Director - Transmission and Compliance