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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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Member: Tacoma Power      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Tacoma Power

"As a charter member of ColumbiaGrid, Tacoma Power has observed the benefits for its customers of regional transmission planning. Engaging in the ColumbiaGrid collaborative transmission planning process has fostered diverse and innovative solutions. This open process for identifying and resolving transmission challenges has delivered cost-effective reliability to our entire region."
~~ William A. Gaines, Director of Utilities