Who We Are

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Energy Northwest produces reliable, affordable, environmentally responsible electric power and delivers it to Northwest public power utilities at the cost of production.

Formed as a joint operating agency in 1957, the organization was created to serve the needs of public power by producing reliable, low-cost electricity while promoting public power activities in the region. Today the joint operating agency membership includes nearly every public power utility district in the state and several municipalities. 

The agency owns and operates four electricity generating facilities: White Bluffs Solar Station, Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project, Nine Canyon Wind Project and Columbia Generating Station (nuclear energy facility). 

Energy Northwest also provides operations and maintenance services for generating facilities owned by other utilities, and develops new power generation facilities to meet growing demand.

Oversight of Energy Northwest operations is provided by an 11-member executive board and a board of directors comprising one representative from each member utility.

The agency’s vision is to be the region's leader in energy generation and public power solutions through sustained excellence in performance.

To achieve its vision, Energy Northwest works to understand and meet the energy needs of its members – the Washington state public power utilities who serve nearly 1.5 million ratepayers. Meeting the goal means measuring current performance while looking for solutions to meet the region’s future energy needs. The vision calls for a strong power portfolio, including a variety of electricity generating operations and professional and technical services.

The agency’s mission is to provide our public power members and regional ratepayers with safe, reliable and cost-effective power. 

Energy Northwest member utilities and employees are the agency’s primary stakeholders. They serve the ratepayers of the Pacific Northwest through our members and the Bonneville Power Administration. To best serve the ratepayers, we strive to provide reliable power and other energy services to the region at the least cost, while protecting the environment and ensuring the safety of our employees and the public. ​  ​​