NWPPCNorthwest Power Planning Council
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Not according to the Northwest Power Planning Council (NWPPC), which says there's a 25% chance this scenario could happen as early as next winter.
In fact, regulated retail prices remain relatively stable even when wholesale prices experience a 10-fold increase, said Paul Barber, vice president of transmission and engineering for Boston-based Citizens Power, at a recent conference, "Keep The Lights On," sponsored by the BPA and the NWPPC.
Given that independent developers and utilities aren't stepping forward and the Northwest could experience shortages soon, policy makers need to act quickly, says the NWPPC. So regulators, policy groups and utilities are searching for potential electricity sources in their own back yards: They want to find customers willing to reduce their use of electricity when supplies are tight.