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Press Advisory - Special Public Meeting
Near-Term Electric Power Supply Power Outlook

 
January 11, 2000 (2000-003)
 
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611
 
Salem, OR - The electricity supply outlook for the next few years, and who will build new generation in the future, will be the topics of a joint Oregon Public Utility Commission/Oregon Office of Energy special public meeting Wednesday morning.
 
The meeting was prompted by completion of a Northwest Power Planning Council staff study that concluded over the next few years, without new resources, the probability of being unable to fully serve load during the winter months could reach as high as 24 percent in 2003.
 
Staff from NWPPC and the Northwest Power Pool will summarize their recent supply outlook studies and the Bonneville Power Administration will present an overview of transmission system availability and reliability. The two major utilities in the state, Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp will cover their near-term plans and supply risks.
 
In addition, the Commission and the Office of Energy will hear from industrial customers and independent power producers about the changing electricity market and its effect on decisions to build new resources.
 
The following is the agenda for the Wednesday meeting:

 
Oregon Public Utility Commission & Oregon Office of Energy
 
SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING
 
January 12, 2000 -- 9:00 a.m.
Main Hearing Room
550 Capitol St. N.E., 1st Floor
Salem, Oregon
 
 Subject: Near-Term Electric Power Supply Risk Outlook
 
 Agenda
 
9:00 a.m.Open Special Public Meeting
Chairman Ron Eachus
9:10 a.m.Northwest Power Pool Study of Current Year
Christine Elliott, Senior Analyst
9:30 a.m.Northwest Power Planning Council Multi-Year Study
Dick Watson, Director of Power Planning Division
10:00 a.m.BREAK
10:10 a.m.Review of Transmission Availability & Reliability
Vickie VanZandt, Vice President, BPA Transmission Business Line
10:40 a.m.PGE & PacifiCorp Near Term Plans and Supply Risks
Walt Pollock, Senior Vice President, Portland General Electric
Stan Watters, Managing Director of Wholesale Energy Services, PacifiCorp
11:30 a.m.Panel Question & Answer Discussion
Frank DeRosa, Vice President, PG&E Generating
Ken Canon, Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities
Robert McCullough, McCullough Research
12:00 p.m.General Public Comment Session
 
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