ColumbiaGrid Members

Avista Corporation

http://www.avistautilities.com

Avista Corporation is an investor-owned electric and gas utility headquartered in Spokane, WA. Avista operates and manages generation, transmission, and distribution facilities in four western states. Avista serves more than 352,000 electric customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The corporation owns eight hydroelectric installations, as well as coal, natural gas, and wood-waste combustion plants.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
Jeff Schlect, Manager
Transmission Services

Bonneville Power Administration

http://www.bpa.gov

Bonneville Power Administration, a federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy, is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. BPA markets electricity produced at 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several other small nonfederal power plants. The agency sells power to over 140 customers throughout the region. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid made up of over 15,000 miles of lines and substations in Washington, Oregon Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
Edison Elizeh

Chelan County PUD

http://www.chelanpud.org

Chelan County PUD (Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County, WA) is headquartered in Wenatchee, WA . Chelan County PUD serves all of Chelan County (over 47,000 electric customers) and delivers power to long-term purchasers serving seven million customers around the Northwest. Chelan has three hydro projects, totaling nearly 2,000 MW capacity, including Rock Island, the first dam on the Columbia River.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
Hugh Owen
Sr. Power Resource Engineer

Grant County PUD

http://www.grantpud.org

Grant County PUD (Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County, WA) is headquartered in Ephrata, WA. Grant County PUD serves all of Grant County, about 44,000 customers, and also delivers power to purchasers that serve millions of customers throughout the Northwest. Grant owns and operates the two-dam Priest Rapids Project on the Columbia River in central Washington, which includes Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
Rod Noteboom, Manager
Transmission Services

Puget Sound Energy, Inc.

http://www.pse.com

Puget Sound Energy, Inc., is an investor-owned gas and electric utility headquartered in Bellevue, WA. Puget Sound Energy serves electricity and natural gas to more than 1.7 million customers, primarily in the Puget Sound region. PSE owns and operates three hydropower projects, several gas-fired plants, and two wind farms that provide enough renewable energy to serve about 100,000 homes. The utility also has shared ownership of a four-unit coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana, along with associated transmission.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
George E. Marshall
Director Electric Transmission

Seattle City Light

http://www.seattle.gov/light/

Seattle City Light is a department of the City of Seattle. Seattle City Light is the nation’s seventh largest publicly owned utility and serves about 375,000 customers. Seattle owns and operates hydroelectric projects on the Upper Skagit and Pend Oreille Rivers that provide about half the power to serve its customers. Seattle purchases power from Stateline Wind Farm and BPA to meet the rest of its needs.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
Tuan Tran

Snohomish County PUD

http://www.snopud.com

Snohomish County PUD (Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, WA) is headquartered in Everett, WA. It is the Northwest’s second-largest publicly owned utility and serves about 328,000 customers. It owns and operates three hydroelectric projects and has one of the largest percentages of wind energy among regional utilities. The rest of its power comes from BPA and other renewable energy sources. The PUD also is an industry leader in the research of tidal energy and energy storage.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
John Martinsen
Senior Manager, Reliability Compliance & Regional Transmission

Tacoma Power

http://www.tacomapower.com

Tacoma Power is a department of the City of Tacoma, WA. Tacoma Power serves about 163,000 customers and owns and operates seven dams at four projects: Cushman, Cowlitz, Nisqually, and Wynoochee. These projects are located in western Washington and provide approximately 50 percent of the power needed to serve Tacoma Power customers. Tacoma Power purchases power from BPA and others to meet the rest of its needs.

Contact Info:
ColumbiaGrid Liaison
Shirley Eshbach


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