Participation Overview

ColumbiaGrid’s bylaws identify both the role of members and “qualified non-member participants” in the organization. The members play a significant role in the mission and structure of ColumbiaGrid.  Members and non-member participants, with input from interested persons, develop, draft, and execute functional agreements that define ColumbiaGrid's programs.

There are currently eight members of ColumbiaGrid: Avista Corporation, Bonneville Power Administration, Chelan County PUD, Grant County PUD, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County PUD, and Tacoma Power. The members elect a board of directors, are responsible for the bylaws, and authorize ColumbiaGrid to enter into Functional Agreements.

Cowlitz PUD, Douglas County PUD and Enbridge participate in ColumbiaGrid in the status of a qualified non-member participant.  These companies have signed onto ColumbiaGrid's Planning and Expansion Functional Agreement (PEFA).

ColumbiaGrid encourages broad participation in its activities. An entity can become involved as a member, participant, interested person, or simply attend ColumbiaGrid’s public meetings as an interested observer.



WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

Member: Seattle City Light      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Seattle City Light

"ColumbiaGrid plays an important leadership role with the Northwest's public and private utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration. It allows for critical collaboration that benefits all our customers. As a member of Columbia Grid, Seattle receives a direct benefit from working together to address the issues that threaten the safe and reliable operation of our regional electric system in an environmentally sustainable manner."
~~ Jorge Carrasco, Superintendent, Seattle City Light