Proposed Legislation to Establish a Regional Energy Corporation for the Pacific Northwest

EMD-77-61: Published: Aug 16, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1977.

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H.R. 5862 is a bill to establish a regional energy corporation with power to generate and purchase, integrate and pool, and market all the electric energy in the Pacific Northwest region with emphasis on conservation of energy and a preferential rate for residential customers. The legislation would make significant changes in the present structure of the electric utility industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Section 3 of the legislation would create a corporate body, the Columbia Basin Energy Corporation, to carry out the purposes of the legislation. The bill would not require the Corporation to periodically report to the Congress and the people of the Pacific Northwest region on the status of its programs. The Corporation would market power at wholesale to both investor-owned and publicly-owned electric utilities. It would sell power at a preferentially lower rate for power resold for residential housing, which includes schools and hospitals.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The bill should require the Corporation to: (1) balance energy demands and generation options with national, state, and regional environmental quality objectives; (2) prepare and publish annual financial reports and updates on its programs designed to balance electricity supply and demand, conserve electrical energy; (3) develop renewable energy resources; (4) reduce the environmental impacts of its operations; and (5) conduct research and development in energy-related technologies. Programs and goals should be periodically reviewed and changed, as appropriate. Promotional electric rates should be eliminated to be consistent with the National Energy Plan and present policy of marketing federal power. The Corporation should be within the new Department of Energy to ensure adherence to national policy in such areas as conservation and environmental quality. The specific authorities and responsibilities of the Corporation Administrator should be described more clearly. Plans for the multiple use of federal dams should also be specified.

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