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.

Planning and Expansion

Timeframe: April 2007 - Ongoing
Status: Active
ColumbiaGrid provides grid expansion planning based on a single-utility concept for the combined transmission grids of its planning parties. The goal of grid expansion planning is to determine reasonable solutions, or mitigations, of transmission grid issues pertaining to serving load and complying with reliability standards. In doing so, ColumbiaGrid helps to determine what should be built, where it should be built, and when it should be built. The participants in the Planning and Expansion program look to ColumbiaGrid’s grid expansion planning to coordinate and support committing multi-party transmission projects in the ColumbiaGrid region.



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    Regional work please click here.



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    Inter-regional work click here.
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Mission and Vision

Timeframe:
Status: Active
ColumbiaGrid’s mission is to improve the reliability and efficient use of the Northwest’s transmission grid. ColumbiaGrid performs grid expansion planning, and develops and implements solutions related to the expansion, operation, reliability, and use of the interconnected Northwest transmission system. In carrying out its mission, ColumbiaGrid endeavors to provide sustainable benefits for its members and the region, while considering environmental concerns, regional interests, and cost-effectiveness. ColumbiaGrid Work Plan
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Variable Transfer Limits

Timeframe: Current
Status: Active

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Other Services

Timeframe: Current
Status: Active
ColumbiaGrid is committed to assisting its Members in all areas related to grid reliability and use, including in areas that are beyond the scope of ColumbiaGrid’s grid expansion planning program, yet that utilize ColumbiaGrid’s core expertise and tools. Often, these grid services are implemented via separate functional agreements.



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