Pacific Northwest Coordination Agreement

14. prosince 2020 | Vít Zemčík | Nezařazené | Sdílet na Facebooku

FLCC is the amount of energy that the region`s production system, or a single utility or project, can produce during actual operation, on a fixed- constant basis, 24 hours a day. The FLCC consists of hydroelectric and non-hydro resources, including electricity purchases. For the hydroelectric system, the amount of FLCC depends on the amount of tanks – „fuel“ for dams – currently available. This is an important concept, because maximizing flcc also maximizes the amount of secondary energy – excess – that is available to THE participants of the NCCP, a low-cost energy that can help participants reduce the cost of satisfying their customers` demand. In other words, when the power grid is coordinated, customers can meet their load needs with a combination of their own production and a low-cost surplus of energy, which reduces their total costs. It is therefore a good thing for distribution companies to have the „optimal amount“ of secondary energy available, as indicated in the agreement. On September 15, 1964, the 1964 Pacific Northwest Coordination Agreement for Electricity and Water Management was signed on the Columbia River system by 16 regional energy sources. This agreement is an essential part of the Columbia-River Treaty between the United States and Canada, as the treaty „ensures coordination among power producers in the Pacific Northwest Coordination Agreement.“ It is an extension of three previous coordination agreements between members of the Northwest Power Pools – which connects the various electrical systems in the region – in 1961, 1962 and 1963, but it is much more comprehensive and is set for 39 years. The day after the signing of the coordination agreement at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle, President Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) and Prime Minister Lester Pearson (1897-1972) will participate in a signing ceremony of the Columbia River Treaty in the Arc de paix at the Canadian border at Blaine. The NCP was revised in 1997 to partially recognize dam operations that protect migratory fish in the spring and summer and thus reduce hydroelectric production.

The agreement is currently in force until September 15, 2024. Gerry Garman of Seattle City Light said in 2015: „The way you would manage water resources was actually defined and we realized that we were dealing with a very good cheap — but unpredictable) diet. The agreement was finalized and signed the day before the official signing ceremony of the Columbia River Treaty. Merrill Schultz, a BPA engineer, recalled the signing on September 15, 1964 in the ballroom of the Olympic Hotel in Seattle as „massive execution of contracts … the tables were very stacked with contracts“ (Interview with Schultz). 1964 was a critical year in the development and operation of the Columbia River power system.

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