All Programs
Programs are the functions ColumbiaGrid carries out, and they are the building blocks for the organization's business plan.  Each program is defined in a separate Agreement, a legal contract among the signing parties.  Entities do not have to be members of ColumbiaGrid to sign on as a participant in any program, and they do not have to sign up for more than one program unless they choose to do so.  Funding for each program is kept and accounted for separately.

The Joint Initiative Program is not exclusively a ColumbiaGrid program and is not defined by a Functional Agreement. The program is included here to allow interested persons to track ColumbiaGrid's Joint Initiative activities.

Planning and Expansion

Timeframe: April 2007 - Ongoing
Status: Active
ColumbiaGrid provides single-utility based transmission planning for the combined network of its participating utilities. The goal of the program is to solve transmission issues regarding what should be built, who should build it, and who should pay for it. The participants in the Planning and Expansion program believe the ColumbiaGrid process provides the planning support and coordination needed to get multi-party transmission projects constructed in the region. For information on the Order 1000 Intraregional work please click here. For information on the Order 1000 Interregional work click here.
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Mission and Vision

Timeframe:
Status: Active
ColumbiaGrid’s mission is to improve reliability and efficient use of the transmission grid. We perform transmission planning, and develop and implement solutions related to the operation, use, and expansion of the interconnected Northwest transmission system. In carrying out its mission, ColumbiaGrid endeavors to provide sustainable benefits for its members and the region, and considers environmental concerns, regional interests, and cost-effectiveness.
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Development and Analysis

Timeframe:
Status: Active
ColumbiaGrid provides objective analytical and technical expertise to identify and develop new services, to study market and transmission efficiency, expansion and utilization, and to analyze methods for improving integration of renewable resources. These efforts support our Members, our Participants, the region, and the Western Grid while advancing our Corporate Mission and Vision. Economic/Production Cost Analysis
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Variable Transfer Limits

Timeframe: Current
Status: Active
A study to determine the dynamic transfer
capability (also known as “Variable Transfer Limits”) available across the Northwest AC
Intertie, the Northern Intertie, the Eastern ties and Bonneville’s internal network constrained
paths.
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